Megan Smith, the former U.S chief technology officer to President Obama, is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist inspiring audiences to harness the power of technology, data, and innovation.
As the third U.S. chief technology officer, Megan helped President Obama and federal teams harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world.
Megan implemented a recruitment strategy to secure top tech talent to serve across government collaborating on pressing issues, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. Her teams focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns.
For over a decade, Megan served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early-stage partnerships globally, led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, and co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. Before joining Google, Megan served as CEO of PlanetOut, an online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet and worked on early smartphone technologies at General Magic and at Apple Japan.
Megan is now an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, the Malala Fund (which she co-founded)and a National Academy of Engineering member. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board as a life member.
Megan was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. Most recently Megan co-founded shift7, a company focusing on tech-forward networked innovation for impact and economic inclusion.
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