CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Google, and other top tech companies will meet with President Donald Trump on Monday for the White House's first American Technology Council meeting.

The biggest topic throughout will be planning a strategy to update federal computer systems, as well how to guard against cyberattacks. Attendance to this meeting will be important, even if the executives' views don't align with Trump's policies. "If you don't show up, I think that's the worst scenario," Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC in May. "Because then you're quiet, and this doesn't do your cause any good, or your point of view any good."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and leaders from Oracle, Alphabet, and Mastercard will also participate. The group is expected to meet for several hours and bring their conclusions to Trump for discussion.

The five-day summit also aims to tackle issues like making government service websites more user-friendly. A memo sent to the leaders ahead of the meeting said applying for government benefits should be as simple as depositing "a check on your phone," according to The Wall Street Journal. What's more, modernizing government tech could save as much as $1 trillion, officials told The Wall Street Journal.

These concerns, however, are not so new. President Barrack Obama also tried updating systems during his time in office. What's more, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said some agencies rely on programming language from the 1950s and "obsolete" parts.

Leading the effort in the White House is Jared Kushner, who runs the newly created White House Office of American Innovation, and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive and current assistant to President Trump. "Our systems are in some cases 10 to 20 years out of date," Liddell told reporters when discussing the conference, according to The Wall Street Journal. "So we're not going to fix that in one day. But we want to start now. And this day will be a significant one in terms of generating ideas and potential solutions to the problems."

Published on: Jun 19, 2017