Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation with headquarters in New York, New York. It was founded in 2013.
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.
|Data for time period ending||31-Dec-2019||31-Mar-2019|
|Number of continents represented||6||6|
|Number of countries represented||18||27|
|Number of cities represented (chapters)||39||63|
|Number of members||21,500||29,000|
|Total number of meetups organized to date||332||418|
|Twitter followers: @wimlds||8700||9800|
|Data reference||data source / visualization URL||Q1 report|
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Introduction to the WiMLDS Q1 Report
WiMLDS celebrated its 5th anniversary in December of 2018. This meetup community has seen significant worldwide growth over the past five years, particularly in 2018 and Q1 2019. The objective of the report is to share statistics of the WiMLDS community.
Another objective is to improve diversity by connecting the WiMLDS community with the greater data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence communities.
(Interactive) Map of WiMLDS Chapters
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Twenty-four new chapters were founded in Q1 2019, bringing the total number of WiMLDS chapters to 63.
About 50% of WiMLDS members are in North America (USA and Canada). Two-thirds of all members (67.8%) are in USA, Canada and Europe.
Five countries make up 80% of WiMLDS members. Those with the greatest membership size are:
- USA (13.3K, 46.2%)
- India (4.1K, 14.1%)
- France (2.3K, 8.0%)
- Kenya (2.2K, 7.5%)
- Nigeria (1.2K, 4.2%)
These countries have multiple chapters (more than one city in country with a WiMLDS chapter):
- USA (18)
- India (8)
- Canada (6)
- Turkey (2)
- Bolivia (2)
- Australia (2)
- Spain (2)
- Germany (2)
- Poland (2)
- Nigeria (2)
By City Chapter
The city chapters with the greatest membership size are:
- San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA (5.1K)
- New York, New York, USA (4.2K)
- Paris, France (2.3K)
- Nairobi, Kenya (2.2K)
- Delhi, India (1.2K)
- Pune, India (1.2K)
By Events Organized
A total of 418 meetup events have been organized by the various WiMLDS chapters in the past 5+ years. This barchart shows the number of events organized by the different chapters. These 5 chapters have organized ~ 61% of the meetup events since their founding:
- San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA (97)
- New York, New York, USA (74)
- Nairobi, Kenya (30)
- Burlington, Vermont, USA (29)
- Boulder, Colorado, USA (26)
The below visualization is of number of past meetup events organized by meetup membership size.
Here are some key observations:
• We can see that the chapters that have been established earlier, such as Bay Area and New York, have greater membership size and also organize a greater number of events.
• Paris, France and Nairobi, Kenya have high memberships, relative to when chapters were founded.
• Burlington, Vermont and Boulder, Colorado are organizing greater number of events, relative to their membership size.
Events, by Year
Number of Meetup Events By Year (all chapters combined)
Number of Meetups Organized, by Chapter (>=1 events organized in 2019)
Table of Meetup Events, by Chapter
A chapter is considered inactive if they did not organize at least one event in past 6 months. The following chapters are currently considered inactive:
- Detroit Metro, Michigan, USA (last event 08-Nov-2017, new organizer March 2019)
- Corpus Christie, Texas, USA (last event Summer 2018)
- Lagos, Nigeria (last event 25-Nov-2017, new organizers March 2019)
- Abuja, Nigeria (last event 21-Jul-2018, event scheduled 29-Apr-2019)
- Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (last event 12-Apr-2018, new organizer in March 2019)
- Chennai, India (founded 23-Aug-2018) (no events organized, to date)
- Kigali, Rwanda (founded 11-Sep-2018) (no events organized, to date)
- Tokyo, Japan (founded 06-Nov-2018) (no events organized, to date)
- Istanbul, Turkey (founded 21-Dec-2018) (no events organized, to date)
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- The Delhi, India chapter of WiMLDS uses these 2 forums for communication and events:
Corpus Christie, Texas, USA
The chapter organized two events in 2018:
- IBM visits our Lab, March 2018
- Girls code camp: Women in Technology (WITS) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Summer 2018
The two chapters in Turkey (Ankara and Istabul) are counted under the Europe numbers.
- AI Index 2018 Annual Report
- Video celebrating WiMLDS 5th Anniversary (10-Dec-2018)