Date: July 03, 2017 - Time: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm

Lemon Tree Premier, HITEC City, Hyderabad

  • About the Event
  • Who should attend and why?
  • Sponsors
  • Partners
  • About the Event

    For more than a quarter century, the H-1B visa program has been at the center of US-India relations and trade ties. It has been instrumental in the spectacular rise of the $160 billion Indian information technology industry — nearly a tenth of the country’s GDP — which is dependent on the US market for more than half of its revenue. The H-1B visa program also allowed more than 1 million Indians to immigrate to the United States. Annually, more than two-thirds of the H-1B visas are granted to Indian nationals.

    In the past few years, there has been a backlash against the program. Economic nationalists and anti-immigrant forces in the United States have been mounting a strong campaign against H-1B, alleging that it has resulted in Americans losing jobs and has depressed the US IT job market. Now after the victory of President Trump — who campaigned against large-scale abuses of H-1B in the November elections — a plethora of bills are being introduced in US Congress to crack down on H-1B visas, especially to reduce abuses and loopholes in the program. The administration has signaled its strong intention to make it difficult for Indian IT companies to use H-1B visas to hire talent from India for the US market.

    The American Bazaar‘s “US-India Tech Forum” will discuss the future of the H-1B visa program and the impact a potential crackdown on the program will have on the Indian and US Information Technology industries. Key stakeholders from the Indian information technology sector will share their views on the recent developments in the H-1B and L1 visa program. Also, the event will include a workshop on the US immigration law by a leading international immigration firm.

  • Who Should Attend?
    • Small to medium business owners/executives who want to start business in the US Employees of tech companies catering to the US and global market
    • IT professionals that want to keep themselves updated about the global industry trends
    • Those exploring opportunities in the global and US markets
    • Those who have applied for H-1B or L1 visas, or intend to do so
    • Computer engineering and MBA students
    Why you should attend the US-India Tech Forum
    • To understand the future of US-India Tech ties in President Trump’s era.
    • Learn about the proposed changes to H-1B visas and how it can affect skilled workers from India looking to work in the US.
    • Hear & interact with the key stakeholders of the US-India tech landscape in the lights of such adverse developments.
    • Know the options & alternatives for tech sector professionals to tackle the new proposed H-1B visa norms
  • Media Partners

    Telangana Today

    Telangana Today

    Is a sister publication of popular Telugu daily Namaste Telangana, published from the stables of Telangana Publications Private Limited. Telangana Today is Published from … centres in Telangana, we bring breaking news, timely updates and extensive coverage, apart from a daily rich spread of news and views on Hyderabad and Telangana, the politics here, the burgeoning business centres, IT hubs and the cutting edge technology crafted in the youngest State in India, transportation and civic issues, developmental projects across varied sectors, the heritage that defines Hyderabad, exciting sports events, Tollywood’s groundbreaking movies, and much more.

    Industry Partners

    Telangana IT Association (TITA)

    Telangana IT Association (TITA)

    Telangana IT Association (TITA) was started in the year 2013 by IT Veterans who hail from Telangana region. TITA is Non-Profit & Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working for welfare of Telangana IT Students, IT Employees & IT Employers. Mr. Sundeep Kumar Makthala is the founder & president of TITA. TITA structured as TITA – Employees Wing, TITA – Students Wing, TITA – NRI Wing, TITA – CEOs Wing.

    Indo-American Center (IAC).

    Indo-American Center (IAC).

    The Indo-American Center (IAC) is a 501(c)(3) independent, non-profit, non-partisan, free-market think-and-do tank, dedicated to strengthening values of liberty and freedom in India and the US. As a free-market think tank, IAC advances policies that lead to higher levels of transparency, economic freedom and economic growth, by reducing government-bureaucracy, eliminating redundant processes, and simplifying the tax code.

    Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

    Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

    The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is an independent agency with a mission to encourage business investment and growth in Fairfax County, from companies around the world and elsewhere in the US. In support of its mission, the FCEDA offers a suite of free and confidential services to help companies realize their full potential and succeed in the county. With its close proximity to Washington DC and the US federal government, robust technology infrastructure, and excellent quality of life, Fairfax County is a prime location for business expansion.

    Online Media Partners



    Inc42 Media is India’s No.1 new age tech media platform fostering entrepreneurship and the source for digital culture & innovation for the connected generation. We create and curate India specific stories and are dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products and breaking tech news. The digital world has moved on to a whole new level today. The advent of new technologies, the proliferation of social media, the niche sector around it, and the influx of VC money has paved ways for entrepreneurs to bring to reality new ideas, new business models, and new ecosystems. We encourage these talented minds by helping them in reaching out to a wide audience, prospective clients and investors. This is the very reason for our existence - to serve as the north star for growing entrepreneurs, help them make better & informed decisions, gain more visibility and build sustainable businesses with impact!


    MBAclubindia, an interactive platform for Management Professionals in September 2008. Initially it was a site meant for knowledge sharing among MBAs but later with its gaining popularity it spread its wings amongst the whole Management professionals community.

    Outreach Partners

    Z Nation Lab

    Z Nation Lab

    Z Nation Lab provides a state of the art ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and startups, to help them accelerate their growth. We bring together high quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs, all under one roof to curate a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive. We are not just a co-working space with pan India presence, our members also benefit from real time access to our network of mentors, pre-accelerator startup bootcamp programs, events and demo-days, pitch counselling, legal and tech consulting, and connect to fortune 500 companies. At Z Nation lab, we believe that the whole world is one single place and should be closely connected. With some of our programs like Access Silicon Valley and Scale up USA, you can learn the art of angel investment with instructors from Stanford University. Learn to pitch like Silicon Valley startups. We are creating a virtual bridge for a global connect. We selectively invest seed capital in early stage startups graduating from our pre-accelerator startup bootcamp program, in addition to thousands of dollars in credit from our ecosystem partners like Amazon, PayTM, Google, Freshdesk, IBM etc to help our members scale up their entrepreneurial ventures.

    Zone Startups India

    Zone Startups India

    Zone Startups India is the Mumbai location of the Toronto-based Ryerson Futures Inc. – the technology accelerator and investment arm of Ryerson University. Zone StartupsIndia is a collaboration between BSE Institute (a subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange), Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (incubator),Ryerson Futures Inc and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. Zone Startups India is located in the Bombay Stock Exchange tower in Mumbai, and currently accommodates over 55 desk and houses 60 startups. Zone Startups India offer State of the art work space, Mentorship – Functional, Business Experts & Industry Panel, Market Development & Business Development Support, Networking & Branding opportunities, Funding Opportunity, Access to North American market and Peer-to-Peer mentoring.

  • Registration

    REGISTRATION DETAILS Standard Registration Fee per delegate: INR 2499+ 15% Service Tax Group registration Discount @ 20% for three or more delegates: INR 1999+ 15% Service Tax HOW TO REGISTER For online registration using a Credit / Debit Card | CLICK HERE For registration thru Cheque / DD / Bank Transfer | CLICK HERE CONTACT US For speaking, sponsorship & exhibition opportunity please contact: Anand Sharma +91 9868806791 For Delegate registration, Early Bird Discount and group offer please contact: Tushar Goswami +91 8512828797 CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY Registration(s) are NOT refundable. However, you can substitute a delegate to take your place or you may credit your registration to a future conference. All cancellation(s) must be intimated latest by one day prior to the event; failing which you won't be eligible for any cancellation benefits.

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Meet some of our speakers


Please note the agenda of the event

09.00 – 09.30 AM

09.30 – 09.45 AM
Welcome Address

09.45 – 10.15 AM
Keynote address: Future of US-India tech ties 

10.15 – 11.00 AM
Panel 1: American tech landscape in the era of Trump

The US market accounts for more than half of the revenue generated by the Indian information technology industry. In the past 25 years, millions of Indian IT professionals have moved to the United States for work — mainly through “H-1B” visa program — and a majority of them are US immigrants. Now in the wake of a protectionist wave sweeping the United States, industry insiders and analysts say that Indian companies are in danger of losing a huge chunk of the US market, unless they change their business model. The panel will discuss the challenges faced by the Indian industry and ways to overcome them.

Vinson X. Palathingal, Founder, Indo-American Center, Washington, DC
Srini Moramchetty, CEO, Nivasoft
P. N. S. V. Narasimham, Sr. Vice President – Global Human Resources, Cyient

11.00 – 11.30 AM
Networking Tea / Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.15 PM
Panel 2: US crackdown on skilled worker visas: is this the end of road for H-1B and L1 programs?

There has been a growing backlash in the United States against H-1B visas since the Great Recession. During the presidential election campaign, then-candidate Trump had vowed to end H-1B abuses. From Day 1, his administration has targeted Indian IT firms. An executive order issued last month — “Buy American, Hire American” — specifically targets global outsourcing firms. Additionally, a number of bills seeking to overhaul the H-1B visa program are currently before US Congress. What’s the future of the H-1B and L1 visa programs?


Ravi Puli, President & CEO International Solutions Group
Nallapati A. Prasad, President, CAARP, former Minister (Consular), Embassy of India, Washington, DC
K.P. Nayar, former Washington Correspondent, The Telegraph

12.15 – 1.15 PM
Networking Luncheon

1.15 – 2.00 PM
Panel 3: Impacts of the new US immigration policies on India’s BPO industry and startup ecosystem

With the United States trying to limit the inflow of labor, a lot of tech talents that would otherwise would have moved to the US will now remain in India. Does this mean more business for India’s BOP industry? Will it have any positive impact on the Indian startup ecosystem? Will there be an increase in the flow of capital and know-how into India’s startups from the United States as labor is likely to costlier in the United States in the wake of H-1B reform?


Mahesh Balani, Partner, Anthill
Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub
Vishal Verma, Senior General Partner, Edgewood Ventures, LLC

02.00 – 02.30 PM
Special Presentation
Satish Naidu, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) 

02.30 – 03.00 PM
Networking Tea / Coffee Break

03.00 – 03.20 PM
Keynote address: Growth of IT Sector in Telangana by Sundeep Kumar Makthala – Global President, Telangana IT Association

Sundeep Kumar Makthala will address the gathering on Growth of IT in Telangana. His address would cover the emergence of IT sector in State, all the initiatives of Telangana government, impact of global trends on IT recruitment, Layoffs and the future prospects associated with the industry. He would also throw a light upon the allied IT businesses including startups, entrepreneurship and its future in the state.

03.20 – 04.30 PM

Startup Showcase: An opportunity for tech startups & emerging entrepreneurs to present their concept in front of leading stakeholders & investors from Indo-US tech sector

4.30 – 5.00 PM
Vote of Thanks


Lemon Tree Premier, HITEC City, Hyderabad



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