June 12, 2017
The technology sector’s biggest names have been invited to the attend the inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council, the group formed by the Trump administration to modernize government services.
Led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, the meeting will focus on topics such as cloud computing and tech sales to government agencies, Bloomberg is reporting. Bloomberg’s sources said 11 major tech firms have been asked to attend the June 19 meeting.
Expected to attend are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.
The report indicated Alphabet will send executive chairman Eric Schmidt while Oracle will send chief financial officer Safra Catz. Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins’ attendance has also been confirmed.
The American Technology Council was formed May 1 via an executive order from the president. The goal of the group is to “transform and modernize” the government’s “information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”
Kushner was chosen to lead the group while Microsoft’s former chief financial officer, Chris Liddell, is its director.
This month’s meeting will not be the first time the Trump administration will meet with leaders from the technology sector. Trump met with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names last December, before taking office, to discuss issues that would impact business and the technology sector alike.
Topics discussed at the meeting, which the media was largely excluded from, included vocational education, trade with China and immigration. Trump also asked the tech execs for ideas on the use of technology to reduce government spending and waste.