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Megan Smith    

CEO of shift7; Entrepreneur, Engineer, Third U.S. Chief Technology Officer & Former Assistant to the President

An award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist, Smith served as the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer from 2014-2017 helping the President and his teams harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the nation. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government collaborating on pressing issues, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth, entrepreneurship, structural inequalities, government tech innovation capacity, and criminal justice reform. Work included broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private programs TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns.

Today Smith is CEO and co-founder of shift7, a company working collaboratively on systemic social, environmental and economic problems -- finding opportunities to scout and scale promising solutions and solution makers and engage proven tech-forward, open, shareable practices to drive direct impact, together. Prior to serving in government, Smith was vice president at Google for eleven years leading new business development for nine years and Google.org, and later in the leadership team at X founding SolveforX and WomenTechmakers. Smith led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, Picasa and engineering transition of Google.org. PlanetOut CEO leading online community and digital media in the early days of the Internet, Apple Japan, General Magic innovating early smart phones.

Board member of Vital Voices, LA Olympics 2028, Thinkof-Us; Co-founder of the Malala Fund and UN Solutions Summit, advisor to Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and the Algorithmic Justice League. Bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, master’s thesis at MIT Media Lab, serves on the MIT board as a life member. Member, Council on Foreign Relations and National Academy of Engineering.

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

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