CEO, shift7, 3rd US CTO

Megan Smith

Speaking Sessions:

Thursday, June 20 @ 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM & 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Stage A

The Power of Billions @ 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Innovative local teams in different parts of the world are driving solutions for complex economic, social and environmental challenges in their communities--working together in unexpected and creative partnerships, often with limited resources and clever integration of data/tech and other capabilities. Let’s share and accelerate what's already working or promising, and support talent anywhere to thrive.

All Together Now: Solving Global Problems Across Sectors @ 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

In a world facing large-scale challenges, it’s easy to overlook the work others are doing to meet them. The tools, data and know-how to solve big problems often already exist, but a lack of collaboration across sectors stifles awareness and stalls progress. In this moderated discussion, three top experts will talk about how we can accelerate solutions to big, global problems by building meaningful partnerships between business, government, venture and philanthropic players.

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Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and tech evangelist. She was vice president at Google for eleven years, leading new business development and managing early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, acquisitions and technology licensing across the global engineering and product teams. She also served as CEO of PlanetOut, worked on early smartphone technologies at General Magic and at Apple Japan.

Megan was the third U.S. chief technology officer from 2014-2017 helping the President and his teams harness the power of data, innovation and technology. She 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.  

She recently created shift7, a company driving tech-forward innovation for faster, scaled impact. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she serves on the board as a life member. 

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