Sally Neale - Staff Information Developer, Partner Enablement Group

Today we celebrate the influence of a world-renowned mathematician who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer. Working with another early computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace created the first known algorithm and, as a result, made a significant contribution to the world of technology. ARM is a proud sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day and as part of the celebration, we're featuring a few of the many women that help drive the engineering community at ARM.

Q: What’s your full name?

Sally Neale

Q: Do you have a nickname you'd prefer?

Just call me Sal!

Q: What’s your job title?

Staff Information Developer

Q: What you have been up to today?

Working through engineering comments on a draft I sent out for review. Unpicking, researching, re-writing, scratching my head to understand something and then eureka moments when it all finally makes sense! I also spent 2.5 hours in a "hack-auth-n". We formed teams to create cool stuffs with ARM devices. Our team came in second and we made a Spatulatron! It's been great fun, spending a couple of hours each week for 2 months being imaginative and creative.

Q: How and when did you first get interested in a career in technology? Have you always worked in tech?

I've been in tech since I left Uni. Although I didn't do a STEM degree - I've always been interested in technology and helping people understand how they use their products. It just sort of happened...and I love it.

Q: What were your favourite subjects at school and why?

Music, History, English - I know - and I ended up working in Tech!!

Q: Who was your favourite teacher and why?

My history teacher, she had so much passion and enthused everyone she taught. Passion is the most important thing. Find something you love to do.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Learning and being challenged, and working with super bright folks who enjoy sharing their knowledge

Q: ARM sponsors HackLab, who follows what they call the 'Hacker Code'. Which one is the most important to you and why?

"Respect Your Crew"

We're all a team, so consider others! Everything is better when we work together - then we're able to take advantage of each other's skills. It means communication, collaboration and none of us could do our job successfully - without working with others.

Q: Women face many challenges in the technology industry but also bring many strengths. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in tech?

I think we bring a different perspective, and are able to provide alternative problem solving solutions. What's the best part - we're just as smart as men - so why shouldn't we be here

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?

Find something you love to do. Be challenged every day. Get confused, get stuck - if you don't - you won't learn anything. Try to learn something new every day.

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