Stephen T. Watson | The Buffalo News
Buffalo native Megan Smith, a former Google vice president who now serves as the White House’s top technology adviser, will speak this week during the final round of the 43North business plan competition, organizers announced Monday.
Smith will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday during the 43North Finals Million Dollar Round and Awards Celebration at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
That’s when three companies will make their pitches before a panel of judges. The panel will determine the winner of the $1 million grand prize. One runner-up company will receive $600,000 and six companies will receive $500,000 each.
Smith is a veteran entrepreneur and engineer. Before being named U.S. chief technology officer in 2014, she served as vice president of new business development at Google and later as vice president of its Google X lab. She previously served as CEO of PlanetOut. She is a graduate of City Honors School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.