Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and tech evangelist. She co-founded shift7, a company driving tech-forward innovation for faster, scaled impact. shift7 works in partnership on systemic economic, social and environmental challenges by scouting and scaling promising solutions and solution-makers, connecting and collaborating with communities of practice and co-creating inclusive media. Megan served as the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer from 2014-2017 helping President Obama and his teams harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the nation. Megan recruited 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.
Megan was vice president at Google for 11 years leading new business development where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations and technology licensing across the global engineering and product teams; she led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps and Picasa; led the Google.org transition to increase engineering adding Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonProfits, Earth Outreach/Engine; and later was a VP at Google[x] where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. Earlier, Megan served as CEO of PlanetOut, worked on early smartphone technologies at General Magic and at Apple Japan. Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, Thinkof-Us, LA Olympics 2028, the Malala Fund, which she co-founded, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Engineering. She was selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she serves on the board as a life member.
Watch Megan at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: