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Megan Smith

Former Chief Technology Officer, U.S.

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Megan Smith on her background in engineering, the importance of innovation, and how we can diversify technology.
Megan Smith served as the United States' third-ever Chief Technology Officer. In her role, she helped guide the Obama Administration's information-technology policies and initiatives. Previous to assuming her role at the White House, Smith served as VP of Google[x], a Google facility that develops the company's "moonshots," or high-achieving technological advancements. She was Vice President of Business Development at Google for nine years and also served as general manager of Google.org, the company’s social impact arm. She's the former CEO of Planet Out, an entertainment company focused on LGBT communities.     In 2012, Smith co-founded The Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to impacting girls education and empowerment around the world. Smith currently serves on the board of MIT, her alma mater.  

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Collaborating on Feminism
How both men and women can promote equality for all. 

Untold Tech Stories
Megan Smith recounts the advancements of women in technology, and how they have often been left out of history books.  

Empowering Innovation
Megan Smith on the work she did at Google and helping engineers take their ideas to the next step.

The Rise of Silicon Valley
Megan Smith on the importance of collaboration and courage at the beginnings of the Internet boom.

A Place to Call Home
How the web connects and supports the LGBT community.  

"Entreprenerds"
Megan Smith’s experience of the entrepreneurial world.

Being on a Team
When Megan Smith spent a summer building hardware for the International Space Station, she learned the importance of team work.

The Only Woman On-Site
Megan Smith on what it's like to be the only woman on an oil rig.

Try to Say Yes
Megan Smith talks about how she gained confidence by biking as a kid.

Science Fair Times Ten
Megan Smith on her first science projects and winning the science fair.

Acoustics with Professor Bose
The advice Megan Smith's professor gave her at MIT.

Learning New Cultures
Megan Smith talks about her time in Tokyo, and discrimination against women in Japan.