The Rising 2019, an inaugural conference for women in analytics and artificial intelligence, brought together over 200 industry leaders from the emerging technologies field for a day-long conference at The Taj on 8 March in Bengaluru. The Rising 2019 also featured one of the first Women In AI Leadership awards, a part of the summit which recognised the achievements and contributions of women trailblazers at the forefront of innovation and change in AI.
The awards organised by Analytics India Magazine in association with Jigsaw Academy celebrated the achievements and innovation of women in the field of emerging technologies and also endeavoured to find new role models in a sector where women representation is highly skewed.
The awards were presented by Ashish Gupta, Head- IoT Programs, Jigsaw Academy, who also delivered an inspiring speech about encouraging dialogue around the dynamically evolving field and why adopting a continuous learning approach and keeping oneself updated with the current market trends is extremely important. “We at Jigsaw Academy are very confident that the winners of the Rising awards are amongst the country’s most talented data science professionals. We are confident that their contributions will be invaluable to the organisations they work with and are excited to see what lies in their future and what they bring to the world of analytics,” he said.
The awards are a celebration of women talent in AI technology, foster a dialogue about gender parity and how important it is for women to make their voices head, flourish in tech teams to help build more inclusive products and teams. “Women In AI Leadership awards was instituted to acknowledge the research and cutting-edge contributions from tech leaders who have displayed leadership and made a considerable impact to the ecosystem in India. We congratulate all the winners for this edition,” said Bhasker Gupta, Founder and CEO at Analytics India Magazine.
The conference which saw a vibrant gathering of Indian women data scientists and analytics practitioners had a common thread running through the keynote and the talks — ruling out bias in AI algorithms and the need to build Explainable AI. Meanwhile, the panel discussion – Women’s Day 2020 – Changing the Narrative moderated by Anshu Sharma, Managing Director, Global Head – Retail Banking Technology at Standard Chartered Bank centred on the need for women to identify their strengths in the industry, own their career and make their voices heard in their respective organisations. The other panelists included Barkha Sharma Founder and CEO at BASH.AI, Aparajita Karimpana Senior Director Analytics at Envestnet Yodlee, Sahana Shetty HR Leader – Technology at ANZ and Pankaj Rai Senior Vice President Strategy at Wells Fargo who brought a colourful perspective to the table on how women should juggle careers and families in a fast-paced working environment.
Rising 2019 awarded 14 leading data scientists from across India. Here’s the full list of awardees.