Q&A with Sarah Wilson-Carr, Senior Developer @ Sky

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Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us today! Firstly, please introduce yourself to the Women of Silicon Roundabout Community!

Hello, I’m Sarah Wilson-Carr, a seasoned software developer with a strong commitment to sustainability and green software practices. For over a decade, I’ve been immersed in the dynamic world of technology, currently serving as a senior developer at Sky.

With 11 years of experience in software development, I’ve had the privilege of working on a wide range of projects, from cutting-edge applications to innovative solutions. My journey in technology has been driven by a passion for both coding and the potential to create positive change.

What truly ignites my enthusiasm is the intersection of technology and environmental responsibility. I’m a firm believer that small changes in our software development practices can yield significant ecological benefits. Whether it’s optimising algorithms for energy efficiency, reducing resource consumption, or implementing eco-friendly coding standards, I’m always seeking ways to minimise our digital footprint.

At Sky, I’m fortunate to be part of a forward-thinking team that shares my dedication to sustainable tech. Together, we’re pioneering green software initiatives that not only enhance our products but also contribute to a more environmentally conscious industry.

Beyond my professional life, I’m an advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability in all aspects of daily living. I find inspiration in exploring the great outdoors, embracing eco-conscious lifestyles, and sharing insights on how technology can be a driving force for positive environmental change.

I’m excited to connect with like-minded individuals who share my passion for green software and making a lasting impact on our planet. Let’s collaborate and leverage the power of technology to create a brighter, more sustainable future.

What are you looking forward to at Women of Silicon Roundabout?

I’m looking forward to engaging with individuals who share my enthusiasm for software and are equally dedicated to leaving a lasting imprint on our field. Together, we can team up and harness the potential of technology to shape a more promising and environmentally sustainable tomorrow.

What can attendees expect from your session?

Participants can anticipate insights into the tech industry’s role in achieving a Net Zero world and discover impactful strategies for driving change. The session promises interactivity, featuring real-world examples of the steps Sky has taken to contribute to the Sky Zero agenda.

When you think about our theme for 2023, The New Frontier, what excites you about the future in tech, business and/or leadership?

The tech industry is constantly evolving, presenting a dynamic canvas for women to explore and excel in various roles—from software development and data science to product management and cybersecurity. The future promises a wealth of opportunities for women to not only participate but lead in groundbreaking projects that have a global impact.

What would you say to your younger self about pursuing a career in tech and the future of women in tech?

I would say “Remember that your journey in tech is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all path to success. Stay true to your passions and aspirations, and keep pushing the boundaries of what you can achieve. The tech industry benefits from diverse perspectives, and your contributions are essential to its continued growth and innovation.”

What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing women in technology?

The biggest challenge currently facing women in technology is the persistent gender gap and lack of diversity in the industry. Despite progress in recent years, women remain underrepresented in tech roles, especially in leadership positions and technical roles like software engineering and data science.

Women of Silicon Roundabout is built on community; what advice would you give to our attendees on building your network and furthering your presence?

I would say, remember that networking is not just about what you can gain; it’s also about what you can contribute to others and how you can mutually support each other’s professional journeys. Building a strong network takes time, so be patient and consistent in your efforts. Over time, your network will become a valuable resource for career growth and personal development in the tech industry.

Join Sarah Wilson-Carr for her session “It’s Getting Hot In Here: How Code Effects Our Planet” at Women of Silicon Roundabout on 22-23 November. Register for your place now here!

About Laura Richardson
Laura is part of the Content Team for the Women in Tech World Series. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for everyone.

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