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Impressions from WiDS Villach 2023

The local scene of data science enthusiasts met at the 4th WiDS Villach conference

An independent regional initiative of WiDS at Stanford University

On May 25, 2023, we invited data science enthusiasts for the 4th time to Villach. WiDS Villach provided again a platform to get insights into data science,  exchange ideas, foster mentorship and to create valuable connections for the future. More than 300 data science enthusiasts from Austria and all over the world joined an insightful day.

321 people from 49 different countries registered already for WiDS Villach 2023




This year we had again three focus session:

  • The impact of Data Science on customer data – More and more customer data is being collected. Our experts showed us how these data are already being used to add value in tourism, retail and energy consumption.
  • Data Science & Gaming – a fruitful combination? – How data science and gaming interact with each other? And why a data scientist in this context should often also be a lawyer or creative director? These and other questions have been answered in this session.
  • How to become a Data Scientist? – The impulse talk by Jilliane Augustine (Principal Data Scientist @ Crayon Vienna) was the perfect introduction to an exciting panel discussion with four experts. The answers were diverse, just as a good data science team should be. Diversity, interdisciplinarity, technical expertise, curiosity and especially soft skills, everyone agreed, lay the foundation for a good Data Scientist.

The event was framed by an art exhibitions & performance by students from BG|BRG St.Martin and CHS Villach.

You missed the conference?

No problem! The record of the live stream is available already, videos of the individual talks will be available soon on our YouTube channel

What’s next?

We are already in the planning phase for WiDS Villach 2024, taking place in May 2024. The exact date will be announced soon. Please follow us on LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information.


We are looking forward to meeting you again!

Olivia and Anita

Olivia Pfeiler - Women in Data Science Villach

Olivia Pfeiler
Head of Statistics & Data Science at KAI GmbH, WiDS Ambassador

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter - Co-Ambassador of WiDS Villach

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter
Professor at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, WiDS Co-Ambassador


May 25, 2023, 8:30 am – 4 pm


Hybrid conference – data science enthusiasts participated in person and online


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Europastraße 4
9524 Villach


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Recordings of Introduction, Technical Vision Talks, Keynote and Q&A Sessions

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Impressions from the 4th WiDS Villach Conference

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Meet the WiDS Villach 2023 Speakers & Panelists

You will experience live talks by passionate speakers.

Christina Morgenstern

Professor at University College of Teacher Education Carinthia

Christina is a trained biomedical scientist with expertise in data science and machine learning of biomedical data

Ines Ganner

Founder & CEO of NeedNect Solutions, Klagenfurt

Ines helps hotels to use data in a more efficient way and is passionate about data science

Isabella Hinterleitner

Founder of TechMeetsLegal, Board member of WAI Austria

Isabella supports companies to translate between technical complex projects or requirements and legal challenges

Jillian Augustine

Head of Data Insights in Crayon’s European AI Center of Excellence, Vienna

Jillian aims to uncomplicate the complicated for organizations to unlock business insights with data science

Katherine Munro

Data Scientist & member of Women in AI Upper Austria

Katherine is a teacher with background in computational linguistics and (deep) machine learning

Ksenia Harshina

Game Studies Master Student, University of Klagenfurt

Ksenia is a master student with a background in software engineering working in the field of swarm intelligence

Lili Nemec Zlatolas

Assistant professor in informatics, University of Maribor

Lilli is a computer scientist with research focus on data bases, cybersecurity and data science

Manuela Gasser

Data Scientist, Infineon Technologies Austria, Villach

Manuela currently studies applied data science at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Marie Biedermann

Game Studies Master Student, University of Klagenfurt

Marie is a master student with a background in English and American Studies who develops video games

Neža Štrus

Senior Lead Data Scientist at Ekipa2 d.o.o, Ljubljana

Neža develops innovative data-driven solutions that improve the product performance in the gaming industry

Patricia Brandner

Strategic Projects and Innovation, Kelag Energie, Klagenfurt

Patricia is an enthusiastic energy economist working on a sustainable future.

AGENDA WiDS VILLACH 2023 – May 25, 2023

Location: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Thursday May 25, 2023

Art Exhibition 2023

Thank you very much to all WiDS Villach 2023 Sponsors & Supporters!

Data Science Visionaries

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Infineon Technologies Austria
WiDS Villach sponsor - IPCEI on Microelectronics

Data Science Enthusiasts

WiDS Villach Sponsor - LAM Research
WiDS Villach Supporter - Kärntner Raiffeisenbanken
WiDS Villach Sponsor - TÜV Austria Data Intelligence

Data Science Supporters

WiDS Villach Partner - AI Carinthia
WiDS Villach partner - BG|BRG St. Martin
WiDS Villach Supporter - Build! Gründerzentrum Kärnten
WiDS Villach partner - CHS Villach
WiDS Villach Sponsor - Crayon
WiDS Villach 2021 Supporter -
WiDS Villach Sponsor - Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) Süd
Girls in Data Science Supporter - Educational Lab im Lakeside Park
Girls in Data Science Supporter - Forschungs Förderungs Gesellschaft
WiDS Villach Supporter - Fraunhofer Austria
WiDS Villach Sponsor - harry's home
GiDS Villach partner school - HLW Lienz
Girls in Data Science Supporter - Innovationsstiftung für Bildung
Industriellen Vereinigung - WiDS Villach Sponsor
WiDS Villach Sponsor 2021 - KAI- Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH
WiDS Villach Sponsor - Kelag
WiDS Villach Sponsor - MaxLinear
WiDS Villach Supporter - Lakeside Science and Technology Park
WiDS Villach sponsor - Faculty of Management, Economics & Law - University of Klagenfurt
WiDS Villach Supporter - Stadt Villach
WiDS Villach Partner - Villach in English

Media Partner - WiDS Villach media partner