How Innovation Happens
Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
Austin Convention Center
Innovation is the maxim of the digital era, but how do great ideas become the technologies that transform business, government, and culture? Join biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for an examination of the complementary forces that must coalesce for breakthrough advances to take hold. Historically, digital innovations resulted from visionaries pairing with brilliant administrators and governments collaborating with the private sector. Learn how these same forces are coming together today to transform our lives.
Chief Technology Officer
US Office Of Science & Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to th...Show the rest
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist, most recently serving as a Vice President at Google[x], where she worked on a range of projects and co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative.
She was the VP of New Business Development at Google, where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years prior. She also led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa and served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition. Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender online community, and helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic. She also worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.
She has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She 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.Hide the rest
Pres & CEO
The Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Frankli...Show the rest
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, DC. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Walter-Isaacson/697650#sthash.e07GalaW.dpufHide the rest