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Megan Smith      

Innovative Tech Leader; Former CTO of the United States and Former Vice President of New Business Development at Google

A pioneer in her field, Megan Smith understands that the future of technology is already here. She shares her catalytic, entrepreneurial, and innovative vision—which has transformed both the public and private sectors—with your organization.

Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, she helped the President harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She 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 campaign.

Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early-stage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX, where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.

As CEO of PlanetOut, Smith was a leader of the online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet. She also worked as an engineer at General Magic on teams designing early smartphone technologies and at Apple Japan in Tokyo. Today, she serves on the boards of MIT, the MIT Media Lab, and Vital Voices.

Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. Over the years, she has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cook stoves. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves as a life member of the board. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. She has recently been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

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The Future According To Megan Smith - Forbes

Women 2.0 conference keynote speaker and Google[x] VP Megan Smith gives us a glimpse of her 2020 vision -- and it's pretty inspiring.

Google's Megan Smith Says It's Time To Uncover The “Lost History ...

Google vice president Megan Smith gave a wide-ranging talk this morning at the Women 2.0 conference in Las Vegas in which she discussed “moonshot” ideas ...

Google's Megan Smith On The 2 Innovations That Will Get More ...

Could two simple innovations bridge the gender gap in tech jobs? VP of Google[x ], Megan Smith, thinks so.

How Google's Megan Smith Is Helping Women In Tech, One Story At ...

FORTUNE – As innovative as Silicon Valley may be -- churning out fresh ideas, products, and services --when it comes to giving credit where it's due, women ...

White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief ...

The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer. She is Megan Smith, a Google executive with decades of experience ...

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