Chief Technology Officer for the US Raises Up Women in Technology

Megan Smith, OSTP, portrait taken during the commissioned officer portrait session in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Megan Smith, the current Chief Technology Officer for the United States spoke at a Q & A in Manhattan, hosted by Hearst Magazines.

Her focus was on encouraging techies and highlighting women in technology. Her hope is to inspire future generations of women in science and technology.

Smith said:”Women played critical roles in the early development of computers, Smith said, but that history is often forgotten”

“Women played critical roles in the early development of computers, Smith said, but that history is often forgotten”

She spoke about several women who were instrumental pioneers in technology advancements, and how no one really knows about them. She showed pictures of people like Katherine Johnson, an African American woman who worked on the first mission to the moon. Smith said: “Not knowing this heritage is really hurtful—debilitating, really.” 

Along with her emphasis on women in technology, Smith spoke about 1460142878-megan-smith-indexObamas thoughts on encryption, and encouraged tech companies to work closely with the US government.

Last year, 600,000 good paying tech jobs were left unfilled. Many of these are in the government. These jobs help to make our country better place. Smith urged people to “Help us with climate change. Help us with Flint. Help us with justice.”

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