President-elect Donald Trump will be meeting with top executives in the technology industry on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Trump Tower in New York City.
The tech summit is an important one for the incoming United States president, as most leaders in the industry were vocally against Trump's campaign.
Trump Meeting With Top Tech Execs
The invitations to the top tech executives were sent out last week, and big names in the industry have stated their intention to take part in the meeting.
Among the leaders who have said that they will attend the tech summit are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, CNN reported, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Other attendees include Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, along with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who has been tapped to be a part of the newly established policy forum of Trump.
Prominent names in the tech industry who have so far not confirmed their attendance include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose social media platform was heavily used by Trump to gather support for his run to the White House. Another name to watch for is Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and also the owner of the Washington Post, a publication that provided scathing coverage against Trump's campaign.
Bezos, however, is said to likely attend the event, according to Recode's sources.
What Will Happen At Trump's Tech Summit?
"I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and are here to help in any way we can," Catz said, adding that the technology industry of the United States has a chance at becoming stronger and more competitive if Trump is able to push through with his promises of a reformation of the tax code, a reduction in regulation, and negotiations for better trade deals.
If Bezos would attend, however, the atmosphere would be awkward, to say the least. The Washington Post was very aggressive in its coverage of Trump, with Trump also having previously attacked Amazon on several issues.
Cook's presence adds upon the situation, as Trump has previously called out Apple on taxes and the company's business model of manufacturing its products outside the United States. Trump, however, has since offered Cook incentives for Apple to bring its manufacturing processes into the country.
The agenda of the tech summit, however, is still unknown. Perhaps the event would serve as the venue for Trump to clear the air with leaders in the tech industry, especially over prominent issues such as net neutrality and immigration.