Speakers

Megan Smith

Megan Smith is the United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Megan focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance our future as a nation.

Megan is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development — where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years. She later served as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] — where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects.

During her tenure at Google, she led the Internet giant’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps and Picasa, and also served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.

Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.

Megan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.