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Developer of the Year Award Win for CrowdControlHQ

03 November 2016 | 05:32 am

A Birmingham developer from CrowdControlHQ has been crowned ‘Developer of the Year’ by Silicon Canal at their inaugural awards 2016.Sowmya Somanath and Nick Holzherr

Announced at an eclectic gathering of movers and shakers from across the tech community, the event celebrated the innovative work of over 200 tech companies located across Greater Birmingham, described by event organisers as the ‘green shoots of Birmingham’s tech ecosystem’.

Sowmya Somanath 31 was crowned winner of the category, which saw tough competition from Viktor Tarenenko – CTO of Whisk and Thom Reilly – CTO of ResHarmonics. Her interest in technology began at the age of 12 when she asked her parents to buy a computer for her birthday, which ignited a passion for technology, graduating with an engineering degree in computer sciences.

Since joining CrowdControlHQ she has been instrumental in helping the UK’s leading social media management platform achieve impressive growth, successfully achieving a six fold increase in concurrent system users over the past 12 months.

In 2013, she was part of the BAFTA winning team for Bin Weevils - a website voted by the nations 7-14 year old as their favourite against strong competitors including CBBC, Cartoon Network and Disney.

Simon Jenner a Silicon Canal ambassador commented:

“Sowmya has achieved so much already within her career and is a genuine inspiration for young talent entering the sector. She not only demonstrates a broad depth of technological skill but breaks the mould when it comes to the traditional view of a developer with strong communication and inter-personal skill combined with project management and commercial awareness.”

On winning the award Sowmya Somanath said:

“It is fantastic to gain recognition from the Silicon Canal community for something I enjoy so much. However, a developer is only as good as the team around them and I am really lucky to work with people who challenge, test and shape my thinking and approach every day.”

I love the fact that I get to add value to CrowdControlHQ, influence the product and build super cool applications. It turns out that what I build also adds some great value to our clients and their businesses. To be part of something from early creation to production and to get a positive client feedback is a great feeling.”

Silicon Canal was established to connect, promote and support tech businesses across Greater Birmingham, reinforcing the great location, cost effective benefits and support available on which talented tech businesses can develop and grow.

For further information on Silicon Canal visit the website here.

The full list of Silicon Canal finalist can be found here.