In July we opened applications and received 68 submissions. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for 68, so we selected 20 incredible female identifying future ML Specialist. In August we hosted a series of Python Office Hours, which allowed those whose Python needed a bit of help a regular check in with mentors to help them on their way.
Then finally, on the 5th and 6th September, we had the Deep Learning Workshop. Many of our awesome attendees had met one another at previous events or from meetups like PyLadies, so we had a great vibe in the room from the get go.
Day 1 followed the same format as our previous workshops, with a focus on learning the theory and doing small exercises. We were also lucky enough to have Susan Doniz, Qantas CIO and Natalie Ganderton, Qantas Emerging Tech Lead join us for afternoon tea. We have really appreciated the support of Qantas and Jetstar, and it was so wonderful to have Susan and Natalie come along and share some words of wisdom.
We really had an inspiring group of people forging the way for more diversity in tech. In the very near future, we will be publishing a blog on some of the people involved in the WiML program, talking about their ML Journey, the different applications they see or work with and how we can work towards making tech more inclusive.