WA to host inaugural data science conference

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WA Data Science Conference featuring Dr Karl as keynote speaker.

Our great state of Western Australia will be home to the inaugural Data Science for Business Conference and Exhibition. It will be held at the Pan Pacific Perth from June 22-23.

Industry professionals and data science organisations looking to innovate and learn more about the cutting-edge area of data science are encouraged to attend. Uni students are especially encouraged, as a number of exhibitors will be showcasing student training, internship and job opportunities throughout the event. 

Hosted by the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH), the conference will explore how AI, machine learning and advanced analytics tech is strengthening businesses with a particular focus on diversity and inclusion.

WADSIH’s overall goal is to ensure the State remains at the forefront of the digital revolution by increasing the uptake, education, training and awareness of data science in WA. It also promotes expertise and advocates for increased data literacy.

“There is not a single sector of the economy that won’t be affected by data science,” said WADSIH’s Director, Alex Jenkins.

It’s critical we build the State’s data science capability, projects and technologies to ensure we can take the lead in this important new industry.

Alex Jenkins

The WADSIH is a partnership between Curtin University and the state government. Through the second round of the New Industries Fund, $1.2 million has been committed to the hub over the next four years, building on an earlier investment of $1 million.

Innovation and ICT Minister, Stephen Dawson will give the opening address at the conference, highlighting Western Australia’s growing capability in data and analytics.

“I look forward to addressing the conference, and the opportunity to meet with our State’s thriving innovation community and the businesses that are driving the advancement of data science in Western Australia.”

The two-day conference will feature presentations by leading Australian scientist and science communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, among other industry leaders in the field of data science including Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken, 2015 WA Australian of the Year, Professor Lyn Beazley and Curtin Institute for Computation Director, Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, among others.

Dr Karl. Image – Uni of Sydney

“The conference will also present an exciting opportunity to inspire the next generation of data scientists to consider it as a career, and introduce them to the companies that they may be working for in the future,” said Mr Jenkins.

A panel discussion on gender diversity in data science will also be hosted by Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) Co-Chair and Valrose Chief Executive Officer, Ms Tina Ambrose, Beyond Bank Australia Senior Manager of Data Governance, Ms Krista Bell, VentureX HQ Co-Founder, Ms Pia Turcinov and Lean & Agile Pty Ltd Digital and Data Consultant, Ms Niamh Toohey.

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For more information, visit the conference website here.

A full list of speakers is available online here.

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