Director of Engineering, YouTube
Sowmya Subramanian joined Google in 2006 where she was instrumental in the development and growth of several strategic initiatives at YouTube and Google Maps. In her first 4 years, Sowmya led an engineering team with Google Maps using crowdsourced data to map the worlds' streets and businesses, and provide tools, such as MyMaps, for users to build their own maps. Google MyMaps has been used extensively during natural disasters. Since joining YouTube in 2010, Sowmya has driven a vertical strategy that better serves users and creators, such as sports fans, music lovers, artists, kids and gamers. She helped build out YouTube’s livestreaming platform, that served as the backend for Olympics 2012 and won the Sports Emmy in 2012 for the monumental Felix RedBull space jump. Sowmya’s recent accomplishments include development, launch, and management of the YouTube Music App and YouTube Music Key subscription services and launching and developing YouTube Kids. Sowmya also plays an active role with Women in Engineering@Google and is currently working on initiatives to change the perception of women in the media. Sowmya started her career at Oracle as an engineer in the core database group working on Oracle 8i. She earned a Bachelors in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts and a Masters in Computer Science at University of Wisconsin, Madison.