Tech Trailblazers

Tech Trailblazers: Stephanie Maher

  • Name: Stephanie Maher

    Role: Senior Development Manager, PwC

    What does your typical day look like?

    There is no such thing as a typical day in my role, and the variety is a big part of why I enjoy my job. It varies from having meetings with my clients to discuss the status of ongoing projects, to workshops with new clients to explore the potential of emerging technology in their industry to working with the engineering team on developing new products for our clients.

    What are you currently working on?

    Currently my focus is on new ventures within various businesses, helping them to innovate and transform how they work. From a technology perspective, I have a focus on blockchain and am leading a number of projects to build blockchain based products which enable our clients to explore disruptive business models.

    What inspired you to join this company in particular?

    The diversity of clients and work appealed to me most. Since joining PwC 4 years ago I have  worked with large multinational organisations, technology startups and government bodies. From a personal perspective, PwC embraces flexible working which is key for me in balancing my work and home life.

    Did you always want to work in this industry (tech)?

    Actually no, I did a degree in Applied Maths and Physics followed by an MBA and then joined a financial derivatives software company where I started working in software development and haven’t looked back since.

    What’s your favourite part about your work?

    People. I work with an amazing team who make coming to work enjoyable and from whom I’ve been able to learn a lot. It’s important to me to keep learning, no matter what role I am in. Also, the people I interact with from a client perspective are interesting and make this such an enjoyable role.

    What would you say to other people considering a job in this industry (tech)?

    Go for it! There are so many opportunities in tech in Northern Ireland at the moment with lots of organisations building really interesting technology products. In Belfast, there is no shortage of tech-related meet-ups where you can learn from experts, keep up to date with new technologies and learn about job opportunities in the local market. They are the best way to get insights into the tech industry.

    How do you see this technology impacting on our lives?

    Technology as a whole has the potential to improve everyone’s lives - if used the right way. We need to ensure technology does not become all-encompassing and replace the human interactions that help us truly connect.

    Who inspired you to work in this field?

    I’m inspired everyday by the people I meet working in the tech industry in Northern Ireland who are building meaningful tech, whilst putting in place a mentoring and supportive culture in their organisations.

    What do you consider to be the most important tech innovation or development in recent years?

    I believe IoT has already transformed our lives and will continue to do so by connecting us with devices which are significant to our lives and our businesses.

    What tech gadget could you not live without?

    Unsurprisingly it’s my iPhone, but I try and follow a routine whereby I have a technology free period each day.

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