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Kushner said his office aims to "unleash the creativity of the private sector" on outdated government IT in an address at the White House Monday afternoon before the summit began.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.
Representing big government systems integrators are IBM Corp. (IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty, CEO and Accenture plc (ACN) CEO Julie Sweet. By including IBM and Accenture, the group gains a perspective on how government systems are put together.
Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen can provide tips adapting to the cloud. Few companies have made the transition to legacy software models to the cloud and software-as-a-service models as well as Adobe.
Alex Karp, the CEO of software developer Palantir, can give perspective on cyber security, fraud prevention and other services. Palantir has funds from governmental venture capital outfit In-Q-tel and Thiel.
OpenGov CEO Zachary Bookman, a former lawyer who advised then-U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on an anti-corruption probe in Afghanistan, will also attend. The government budgeting and analytics software developer has backing from groups including Andreessen Horowitz and Emerson Collective, the fund of Steve Jobs widow Laurene Powell Jobs.
The attendees includes Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) CEO Steven Mollenkopf, Intel Corp. (INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich, MasterCard Inc. (MA) CEO Ajay Banga and content delivery network Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) CEO Tom Leighton.
Cabinet representatives include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Homeland Security boss John Kelly and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.