SAN FRANCISCO – Google Product Manager and two-time bestselling author Neel Mehta has been confirmed to speak at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Orlando, Florida on October 3rd, 2019. Grace Hopper bills itself as the “world’s largest gathering of women in computing,” with over 20,000 annual attendees.
At Grace Hopper, Mehta will join his co-authors Parth Detroja, a Facebook Product Manager, and Adi Agashe, a Microsoft Product Manager. The trio have twice teamed up to release books that reached #1 on bestseller charts: Swipe to Unlock (2017) and Bubble or Revolution (2019). Mehta’s talk at Grace Hopper will teach business strategy concepts, including how to enter new markets, to future tech industry leaders.
Neel Mehta is no stranger to the stage, having previously keynoted the HPE Discover Conference, which draws 40,000 technologists every year to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. He is also a staple on the college speaking circuit, regularly drawing crowds of hundreds of students to his presentations on tech strategy at schools including Harvard, Cornell, and Duke.
Previously, Mehta earned renown on the civic-tech circuit for launching the Civic Digital Fellowship, the first tech internship program in the federal government. The Fellowship, which Mehta founded with the former Deputy CTO of the United States, has grown to include 50 fellows who spend the summer working on software engineering, product management, and data science projects at one of six federal agencies. He also spent time at Khan Academy and Microsoft; as he puts it, he has worked at the trifecta of “dot-gov, dot-org, and dot-com.”
The son of immigrants, Mehta is passionate about making the tech industry more diverse, inclusive, and accessible to newcomers. Along with Detroja and Agashe, he recently founded Tech Transparency, a nonprofit that provides free career resources to those from under-represented minorities seeking to break into the tech sector. “I’m so excited to be speaking at Grace Hopper,” said Mehta. “I want to do what I can to reduce the gender gap in tech and make the industry more accessible to anyone and everyone.”