300 Global Leaders Seek to Foster and Transform U.S.-India Partnerships at the First Annual USIBC West Coast Summit
Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State; Paul Maritz, President & Chief Executive Officer, VMware, Inc.; Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International; and Vinod Khosla, Partner, Khosla Ventures Lead the Conversation
Menlo Park, CA, April 27, 2012 – The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), hosted its first annual U.S.-India Business West Coast Summit on April 26th and 27th, 2012 at the Rosewood Sand Hill in the Silicon Valley.
Themed “Building Bridges, Fostering Innovation,” the conference poignantly addressed the dynamic potential that exists in present and future collaboration between the United States and India. Engaging discussions led by prominent business and policy leaders focused on the most pressing political and economic issues impacting U.S.-India relations, as well as technology and innovation, renewable energy and trade and investment.
Highlights and photos from the keynote speakers are below:
Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State: “India is a wonderful example of what democratic institutions can achieve. The Indian democracy cannot be underestimated.”
“One of my proudest moments was watching the US-India civil nuclear agreement being signed.”
Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International: “India is all about cricket, film and television, so Disney had to be involved in at least two of those to be successful there. So our strategy in India has been driven by media. As part of strategy, we’ve acquired media companies there. We are just learning to walk in India, but pretty soon we’ll be jogging and running and we’re looking forward to a very bright and exciting future there.”
Wim Elfrink, EVP, Emerging Solutions & Chief, Globalization Officer, Cisco Systems: “Collaboration is the future. In 2020, India will be the youngest country in the world, with one in three workers in the world being Indian. Additionally, 100 million Indian are expected to urbanize in the next 10 years. Needless to say, this is a tremendous opportunity for US and India to collaborate. “
Vinod Khosla, Partner, Khosla Ventures: “The willingness to fail allows you the opportunity to succeed. But when you have the chance to succeed make sure it’s something consequential. Innovators need to keep in mind that you can only lose one times your money, but you can make 100 times as much.”
“Innovation happens in an evolutionary way, in small increments as opposed to something big happening all at once. Some areas are riper for innovation than others.”
Paul Maritz, President & Chief Executive Officer, VMware, Inc.: “Efficiency drive will not create employment so we need to be advocates of changing from the old system of education to the new system and from the old way of employment to the new way of employment. Keeping this in mind, both India and the United States need to really focus on education. “
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The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) is the premier business advocacy organization formed by the U.S. and Indian governments in 1975 whose purpose is to deepen two-way trade and strengthen commercial ties. Today, USIBC is comprised of 350 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies, which will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 11th and 12th to celebrate the organization’s 37th Anniversary. Ajay Banga, President & CEO of MasterCard Worldwide, serves as chairman of USIBC. For more information, visit http://www.usibc.com.
Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. A non-government, not-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. For more information, visit http://www.ficci.com/index.asp.
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Get ready for one of India’s biggest Hip Hop jam session at the Closing Night of the Indo-German Urban Mela with the CYPHERHOLICS- B-Boy competition on Sunday, 22nd April from 8:30pm onwards. The competition expected to bring together scores of Hip Hop artists from all across India, will be a night full of foot-thumping music and gravity-defying dance stunts.
Get a taste of the ultimate Closing event by Akim Walta and his Crew as they bring alive all Hip Hop elements with B-Boying/ Breakdance Performances, Beatbox Shows, Graffiti, DJs, Emceeing, Battles and Competitions.
In 2011 the Indo-German Hip Hop & Urban Art project started in phase 1 with a network tour through 5-Indian cities; phase 2 was the project development with local partners in India; followed by phase 3 – a seven week programme that included the painting of the German embassy in Delhi, B-Boy competitions in Delhi and Mumbai, a DJ Club tour and various workshops and informal painting projects.
As part of the Indo-German Urban Mela the project continues this week with the HIP HOP CULTURE – Academy week: next to workshops, network summits and conferences there are ongoing painting and creative programme for kids and young adults.
Be part of grand spectacle one of the largest B-Boying competitions the country has ever seen recently. The exciting line-up of artists includes:
KAYO (Cologne), ZEBSTER (Budenheim), SHIRO (Japan), STOK (Hamburg), SHEW (Strausberg), ZINE, KOMET & DIZY (Delhi), CRYM, SUN1 & AKKI (Mumbai)
B-BOYS & B-GIRLS:
STOK LA ROCK (Hamburg), B-GIRL FROST (Stuttgart), ROC FRESH CREW (Mumbai), SLUMGODS (Mumbai), TINY DROPS (Mumbai & Delhi)
DJ SARASA (Japan), DJ COSMIC FROG (Berlin), ZEB.ROC.SKI (Mainz), DJ URI (Mumbai), DJ HEERA (Delhi), MC & BEATBOX SHARLATAN (Strausberg), ON THE RUN – Sketch Corner SEAGAL GOLD (Jena)
Venue: Open Air Stage, Indo-German Urban Mela, Cross Maidan Garden, Mumbai
Date: Sunday, 22nd April 2012, 8:30 pm
Entry: All are Welcome!
About Indo-German Hip Hop & Urban Art Project:
INDO-GERMAN HIP HOP & URBAN ART PROJECT is an intercultural network and community project to empower the young local scene in India. The project is a direct follow up of the German-Chinese Hip Hop Project,that was part of the cultural program of the German Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the Germany Year in China.
HIP HOP CULTURE – Academy week: At the Indo-German Urban Mela, next to workshops, network summits and conferences there will be an ongoing painting and creative programme for kids and young adults.
Highlight of the week will be the CYPEHRHOLICS – B-Boy competition as final event.
The project is initiated by Hip Hop Stützpunkt Berlin and organized together with From Here To Fame – global Hip Hop network, Campus of Urban Culture, Berlin Massive e.V., Soundcurry, Start from Scratch, Roc Fresh Crew, Tiny Drops & Slumgods.
In 2011 the Indo-German Hip Hop & Urban Art project started in phase 1 with a network tour through 5-Indian cities; phase 2 was the project development with local partners in India; followed by phase 3 – a seven week programme that included the painting of teh German embassy in Delhi, B-Boy competitions in Delhi and Mumbai, a DJ Club tour and various workshops and informal painting projects.
Supported by cities of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne.
For further information please contact:
Senior Manager – Communications
“Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”
+91 11 23471-100
Avian Media: Sneha Sahani/ Sayed Aamir
Cell: +91 9820384683/ 9833389578