Megan Smith

The Former White House Chief Technology Officer & Assistant to President Obama

  • Co-Founder & CEO of shift7
  • Former Vice President of Google [x]
  • Former Vice President of New Business Development for Google
  • Former Digital Vision Fellow & Visiting Scholar of Stanford University
  • Named as one of the 23 Mots Powerful LGBTQ+ People in Tech by Business Insider & on the 100 Digital Elite by Upside Magazine
  • Named as the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer

Megan Smith has enjoyed a decorated career as a technologist, famed for her former role as the third Chief Technology Officer for the White House and the Assistant to President Obama. Having pioneered technical solutions for the US Government, Megan was responsible for assessing how technology, data and innovation could advance the future of America. Highlighting the role of technology in solving social, environmental and economic challenges, Megan also formerly worked with Google [x], pioneering Google’s advanced services and technology-based moonshot thinking. When looking for a speaker who is an expert on exponential technologies, artificial intelligence and data, hire Megan Smith today.

Having graduated with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Megan began her decadent career working as on Multimedia, Hypercard, Marketing and Development for Apple Computer Japan. Highly passionate about engineering and technology, Megan went on to become a Product Designer of Alliance Management and European Device Partners for General Magic Inc, before accepting the role of CEO of PlanetOut Corporation. Later changing her role to President, Vice Chairman and Board Director of PlanetOut, Megan became a Digital Vision Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. In 2003, Megan was appointed as the Vice President of New Business Development for Google Inc, a role in which she managed early-stage partnerships and worked closely with the engineering departments of Google.

Having worked with Google for nine years, Megan was appointed as the Vice President of Google [x] in 2012, working to advance Google’s niche products, amplifying moonshot thinking surrounding technology. After two years pioneering moonshot thinking, Megan left Google to become the third Chief Technology Officer of the White House – advancing the future of America with her adept knowledge in technology and data. Having forged a respectable career in technology, today Megan is the Co-Founder and CEO of shift7, a company dedicated to solving social, economic and environmental problems.

A revered technological expert, Megan has been named as one of the 23 Most Powerful LGBTQ+ People in Tech 2019 by Business Insider and as the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She has also claimed the GLAAD Interactive Media Award for Internet Leadership and the Charging Buffalo Award of 2015. Now hired as a respected keynote speaker on data and exponential technologies, Megan has previously delivered the TED Talk The Hidden History of Women in Tech, and has spoken for the likes of The Aspen Institute, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the USA Science & Engineering Festival. When looking for a preeminent technologist with expertise on how exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence will undoubtedly affect our future, hire Megan Smith today!

Official Testimonials

Megan Smith is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Megan was fantastic! Our audience and employees absolutely loved her, and walked away feeling inspired.”


“She was an absolute HIT!”


“Megan was excellent! She was personable, on-point, personalised the messaging and a true pleasure.”

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