updated 09:35 am EST, Thu February 17, 2011
Topics to include R&D, education, energy
Several major tech CEOs will be meeting with President Obama at a San Francisco event this evening, sources tell ABC News. Amongst the business heads attending the event will allegedly be Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. A White House official explains that the assembly will talk about "promoting American innovation," as well as the Obama administration's interests in funding education, clean energy, and research and development.
Jobs' presence is significant given his health. While he is maintaining involvement in Apple affairs, he is on an indefinite medical leave, making any public appearance a rare event. He has however reportedly been spotted at places like restaurants, which may mean that his condition has not deteriorated severely.
Schmidt and Zuckerberg may have special political relevance, as both Google and Facebook have been tied to the revolution that ousted formerly US-backed autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Many of the protests were organized through Facebook, and Google executive Wael Ghonim is said to have orchestrated some efforts himself. Twitter feeds are also known to have helped Egyptians rally together.