Last week, the global LinkedIn Data Science team joined together for our third-annual Data Science Week. This virtual event included workshops, conference talks, networking events, an awards ceremony, and a fireside chat with Mohak Shroff, LinkedIn’s Senior Vice President of Engineering. It was a celebration of our team and our successes over the past year, a chance to take a moment to reconnect.
While attendance at Data Science Week is limited to LinkedIn employees, we were also excited to welcome a special guest, Dr. Xiao-Li Meng, former Chair of Harvard’s Department of Statistics and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Data Science Review. He was invited to give the keynote speech this year, and his reputation as an innovative thinker did not disappoint. Titled “Sleepless Data Scientists: COVID-19, 2020 Election, and Differential Privacy for 2020 Census” the talk covered many subjects that are on the minds of people not just at LinkedIn, but around the world.
In order to get a sampling of some of the content from Data Science Week, Dr. Meng has graciously agreed to let us share the content of his talk with folks outside of the LinkedIn community. I highly recommend watching this talk, even if you are not a data scientist; it will make you think differently about the role that statistics can play in our understanding of the world.