In partnership with:

Women in Data Science

WiDS Orlando is an independent event that is organized by the University of Central Florida as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 200+ regional events, which feature outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend WiDS Worldwide conference events.

Calling All Data Enthusiasts!

The UCF Statistics and Data Science Department is pleased to present the Big Data Analytics Symposium 2022.

This day-long series of speakers and networking opportunities connects students to industry professionals to explore the practical applications of big data and data analytics in the modern marketplace. This event reached its 9th year in 2022 and has become an integral resource for connecting UCF students with employers from companies at the top of their industry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

UCF Main Campus, Pegasus Ballroom
Event was livestreamed for accessibility, but in-person attendance was highly encouraged to meet employers and experts!



    • 9:00 AM – Early Morning Employer Networking
      Coffee & beverages will be served
    • 10:00 AM – Event Kickoff and Keynote Speech:
      Bill Campman – National Director for Data & AI in Education from Microsoft
    • 11:15 AM – Microsoft Scholars Awards
    • 12:00 PM – Addition Financial Data Analytics Competition Results
      $8,000 on the line for 1st place in the 2022 Competition! Lunch will be served
    • 1:15 PM – Women in Data Science Panel discussion – “Data for Good, Data for Change”
      Hear from industry experts & UCF alumni about their data analysis focus, and how this field is shaping both business & society

      • Dr. Marie Alaghband – Data Scientist, VaxCare
      • Kiandra Jones – Data Engineer, Northrup Grumman
      • Annie Lott – Analyst, BNY Mellon
    • 2:30 PM – Women in Data Science Break-out Session
      Highlighting the WiDS Worldwide Conference, toward inspiring & educating ​participants regardless of gender, ​​and to support women in the field.
    • 2:30 PM (concurrent) – Employer Break-out Sessions
      Talk to local & national companies regarding internships and career paths, and find out about graduate program opportunities in big data
    • 3:30 PM – Employer Networking Reception
      Refreshments will be served as we close the day with opportunities to speak with industry partners, employers, and guests

Who attends?

The Symposium serves as a platform for exploring the application of  concepts that UCF students are actively learning in their degree programs and how that knowledge translates to real-world applications. All interested students, alumni and greater UCF community members are invited to register and attend.

Why attend?

Register to attend throughout the day and hear from local executives, alumni in the field, and student peers presenting on topics including data analytics, machine learning, and blockchain. Learn from local big data experts how topics learned in class translate into the work being done in businesses.

Get your questions answered during live Q&A sessions. How do you find results in the data? What functions in a company does as a data scientist do? How can you best relay those results to clients?

Connect in breakouts and listen to panels with alumni and employers in the field. What skills are employers looking for in the field? Should I get my Masters and Ph.D. in Data Science or Data Analytics?

Cost: Free; RSVP Required

Open-House Format: Attendees are encouraged to come and go throughout the day as their schedule allows.

Employer Tables: Local & international employers will be present to answer questions, discuss internships, and share information about full-time roles in this exciting and ever-growing. The Symposium concludes with a designated “meet-and-greet” networking session for students to connect with company representatives, to learn about specific career paths within each company.

Special Thanks To Our 2022 Sponsors:

Pegasus Sponsor

Addition Financial Logo

Gold Sponsor

Intego Clinical logo

Black Sponsor

Playfair Data - Event Sponsor

Darden Restaurants Logo

Keynote Sponsor

Microsoft AI

UCF College of Business UCF Master of Science in Data Analytics UCF Graduate & Research Information Technology
UCF GRIT has arranged two Amazon SageMaker workshops on days adjacent to the Big Data Analytics Symposium – click here for more info!

Contact Kathryn Feehrer and Puck Winchester to learn more about sponsorship and scholarship opportunities for the 2022 Big Data Analytics Symposium.

Past Symposia

Big Data Analytics Symposium 2021

Big Data Analytics Symposium 2019