Jared Kushner's star-studded Office of American Innovation summit will address how Washington can get more bang from the $80 billion a year the federal government spends on IT each year on Monday afternoon. President Trump and Vice President Pence will join Kushner, a list of attendees shows.
Kushner said his office aims to "unleash the creativity of the private sector" on outdated government IT in an address at the White House Monday afternoon before the summit began.
The knock on technology summits is that they are more focused on PR than IT. The group will look at a range of technology challenges facing the federal government's 113,000 IT staffers, according to materials provided to TheStreet.com. Topics range from setting up a cloud marketplace where developers can pitch software to the government, to improving how people applying for benefits and strengthening cyber security.
Megacap tech stars such as Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) Executive Chairman of Eric Schmidt, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) boss Jeff Bezos will discuss government IT with Kushner. Enterprise software leaders Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, Oracle Corp. (ORCL) co-CEO Safra Catz, SAP SE (SAP) CEO Bill McDermott, and VMware Inc. (VMW) CEO Pat Gelsinger are also attending.