Overview Of Wimlds Chapters

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History

WiMLDS is the acronym for “Women in Machine Learning & Data Science”. It was founded in 2013 by Erin LeDell in San Francisco, and the group hosts meetups. This is the founding order of the chapters:

  1. Bay Area, Dec 2013
  2. New York City, Oct 2014
  3. Cary, North Carolina, Feb 2016
  4. Chicago, Illinois, Mar 2016

Five years after the founding of WiMLDS, there are 30+ chapters worldwide in more than a dozen countries and 6 continents. (Antarctica remains unrepresented.) Total membership is 18K+.

Mission

The mission of WiMLDS is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science.

Map of WiMLDS Chapters

WiMLDS Chapters: USA & Canada

The 4 chapters in North America with the greatest membership are, unsurprisingly:

  1. Bay Area (4.5K)
  2. New York City (3.7K)
  3. Cary, North Carolina (800+)
  4. Chicago, Illinois (750+)

WiMLDS Chapters: Outside of North America

The 5 chapters with the highest membership outside the USA are:

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Paris, France
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Pune, India
  • Zurich, Switzerland

Note: France is where the Python library scikit-learn was developed.

India has 5 chapters:

  • Pune
  • Bengaluru
  • Mumbai
  • Delhi
  • Chennai

Summary by Country

The 5 countries with the greatest membership are:

  1. USA
  2. Kenya
  3. France
  4. India
  5. Nigeria

Note: 4 of the top 5 are English-speaking countries.

Starting a New Chapter

Connecting with WiMLDS

Twitter

Follow us on Twitter at @wimlds. There is also a Twitter list of chapters.

Slack

We have a global Slack team for female and gender minority members of WiMLDS. To join, send an email request to slack@wimlds.org with a brief note.

Meetup Groups

A list of all chapters and their meetup group links can be found on our website.

Data & Tools

Data

  • The statistics represented were updated October 2018.

Tools

  • Google spreadsheets were utilized to store the data.
  • Google Data Studio to produce the visualizations.

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