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Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019

The summit is the perfect way to bridge the gap between where we are today and what is possible tomorrow.

  • Date:4-6th Feb 2019
  • Location:Bahrain
  • Duration:2 Days
  • Attendance: by invitation only

Overview

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019, the perfect way to bridge the gap between where we are today and what is possible tomorrow. This 3-day partner business conference is symbolic of the strong bond between Cisco India and SAARC leadership teams and provides a unique platform to strengthen ties of this valued partnership. This will also help reinforce Cisco's strong commitment towards its partners and create positive disposition towards the Cisco brand in India. The event would be attended by partner organizations and CXOs.

The confluence would kick start a fascinating journey to bridge the gap between what we have achieved so far and the myriad of possibilities that lie ahead. Cisco has been a pioneer in accelerating the nation’s digitization movement and this confluence would provide the essential fulcrum to empower the next generation of global problem solvers with ideas, perspectives, and best practices. The confluence would spread across three days of power packed panel discussions and networking sessions, deep diving into interesting keynotes to understand how we can together pave the way forward towards a true Digital India.

The confluence this year is being hosted at Bahrain, the mystic land of oil, pearls and heritage sites. Bahrain fits in perfectly as a befitting location for this year’s summit, as it symbolizes the perfect culmination of an enchanting past while harboring a thriving epicenter for a global digital audience.

So join us as we craft innovative solutions to be the bridge to possible at the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019.

Agenda

Day 1 - 4th February 2019

Time Session
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM Arrivals, check in & registration
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon Downtime
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Opening performance
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Welcome address
Raghavendran B, Managing Director,
Partner Organization, Cisco India & SAARC
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Keynote address
Sameer Garde,
President, Cisco India & SAARC
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Path-breaker
Guest speaker session
C N Ram
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Say cheese!
Group Photograph
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Downtime
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Guided city tour
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM Bahrain Experience
Welcome dinner

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Day 2 - 5th February 2019

Time Session
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome & Agenda overview
Raghavendran B
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Partner Insights
Nirav Sheth, VP,
Global Partner Organization, Cisco Systems Inc
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Leading Digital Together
Ruma Balasubramanian,
Chief Transformation Officer (CTrO) for Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China
Daisy Chittilapilly, Managing Director, Cisco India & SAARC
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Monetizing The Customer Journey
Vish Iyer, Vice President - Architectures, Cisco APJC
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM CSR engagement
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Digital Disruption
Monetizing the Opportunity followed by Panel Discussion
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Starstruck
Celebrity speaker Sourav Ganguly
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Address & Feedback
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Cisco solutions showcase
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Downtime
7:30 PM onwards Pace Awards & Gala Dinner

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Day 3- 6th February 2019

Time Session
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM Breakfast & engagement
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Check-out
11:30 AM onwards Know Bahrain
Guided group tour
5:30 PM onwards Airport transfer

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Location - Hotel Sofitel Bahrain

Bahrain, the mystic Arabian land is known for its oil, pearls and heritage Sites. Our venue for the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019, is this 46-year-old Archipelago, consisting of the Bahrain Island and 30 smaller islands. The event would be hosted at Manama (Al-Manāmah), the country’s chief city, port, and capital, which is located on the northeastern tip of Bahrain Island. A strikingly modern city, Manama has a relaxed and cosmopolitan vibe and is a favorite destination for visitors from across the globe.

Bahrain gets its name from the Arabic term al-bahrayn, meaning “two seas” and was one of the first states in the Gulf to discover oil and to build a refinery. Besides being a popular tourist attraction, Bahrain is renowned for its verdant groves of date palms and since ancient times has been an entrepôt for trade and a source of natural resources for the surrounding areas. Bahrain also boasts of having the oldest public education system in the Asian Penninsula. It was also home to the Dilmun civilization, an important Bronze Age trade centre linking Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. 

Bahrain is a popular tourist destination and one of the most visited countries in Middle East. Its kingdom combines modern Arab culture and historical places which reflect five thousand years of rich Bahrain culture & civilization. Some of the most visited tourist attractions include the Bab Al Bahrain, Manama- a beautiful Bahranian marketplace, the Al Khamis Mosque Tashan, Qal’at Al-Bahrain- a 39 feet tall archaeological site, the Al Areen Wildlife Park Sakhir and the Bahrain National Museum Manama.

Bird watching, scuba diving, and horse riding are some of the popular tourist activities in Bahrain.

The Partner Confluence this year is being hosted at the luxurious Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa sea & spa. Perched on the pristine beaches of Zallaq overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this 5-star luxury hotel boasts of being the only Thalassa Sea and Spa in the Middle East.

Situated 34 kms away from the city airport, away from the hustle bustle of the city life, the 262 room Sofitel is a unique blend of the French art de vivre and local refinement. Each room has a magnificent view of the sea and the private island that caters to exclusive beachside events is a visual treat. Sofitel adorns an elaborate Arabian interior design and a luxurious color palette that combine with elegant dark hardwoods. An ornate 1100 Sq meter Pillarless Ballroom would be the main venue of the Confluence along with 3 meeting rooms for breakout sessions and a world-class service facility.

The award-winning La Mer restaurant presents exceptional seafood in a sumptuous French style. Choose from the day's catch and watch the talented chefs meticulously prepare your meal, before you step onto the jetty to dine amidst breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

We promise you a memorable stay at the hotel, an experience of a lifetime perfectly blended with luxury, comfort and a host of exciting activities planned exclusively for you.

Travel and Visa

For a smooth experience we have made certain arrangements for a hassle-free VISA procedure and travel.

  1. We recommend you register on or before 10 January, 2019 in order to avail a full waiver on the Visa Application fee
  2. Send us the details mentioned below, before 10 January, 2019 and we will arrange your VISA.
  3. A clear scan copy of your passport (front and back page mandatory) in a single PDF file.

Travel FAQs

  1. Do I have to pay for my own Air travel?
    Yes, you are responsible for paying for your flight to the event location.
  2. Do I have to arrange for my Airport Transfer?
    Transfers are arranged from the Bahrain airport to The Sofitel Hotel. Volunteers with Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019 placards will be stationed near the arrival section at the airport to guide you.

**Important note: For partners travelling by Gulf Air there is no need for the “Okay to Board” message in PNR/Ticket. Any other flight other than Gulf Air requires the “Okay to Board” message in PNR/ticket and you need to share your ticket copy or contact your VISA source (from where you get your Visa done) to get your “Okay to Board” processed.

You can book your flight tickets in the below mentioned flights. Please note you will be responsible for paying for your flight tickets -

Airline Flight No. Departure Date Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 131 04-Feb Indira Gandhi Intl, Delhi, India (DEL) 540 Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 745
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 130 06-Feb Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 2240 Indira Gandhi Intl, Delhi, India (DEL) 440

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Airline Flight No. Departure Date Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 57 04-Feb Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl, Bombay, India (BOM) 630 Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 750
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 56 06-Feb Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 2255 Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl, Bombay, India (BOM) 455

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Airline Flight No. Departure Date Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 283 04-Feb Bangalore, India (BLR) 455 Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 725
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 282 06-Feb Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 2125 Bangalore, India (BLR) 405

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Airline Flight No. Departure Date Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 69 04-Feb Chennai Intl, Madras, India (MAA) 410 Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 635
Gulf Air Bahrain (GF) 68 06-Feb Bahrain Intl, Bahrain (BAH) 2015 Chennai Intl, Madras, India (MAA) 320

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Meet the Sponsors

Meet the speakers

FAQs

For any event or registration related queries please contact us at
support@ciscopartnerconfluence2019.com

  1. When and where is the event taking place?
    The event is taking place from 4 – 6 February, 2019 at Sofitel Hotel, Manama, Bahrain.
  2. How is the weather in Bahrain?
    October – March is considered winter in Bahrain and the weather is relatively cool, clear and sunny.
    Maximum temp - 22o
    Minimum temp – 15o
    We recommend you carry a light sweater/jacket for the evening.
  3. What if I have questions about the Partner Confluence or my registration?
    You may reach the Partner Confluence Registration Team at:
    E mail:support@ciscopartnerconfluence2019.com
  4. When will I receive confirmation of my registration?
    An email confirmation will be sent to you as soon as your registration has been approved.
  5. What if I need to cancel my conference registration and/or hotel reservation?
    Please contact the Partner Confluence Registration Team to cancel your hotel reservation and/or conference registration at
    support@ciscopartnerconfluence2019.com
    You must notify the Partner Confluence Registration Team no later than two weeks prior to arrival.
  6. Are Nominations allowed?
    The Cisco India and SAARC Partner Confluence 2019 is an “invitation only” event. Each new registrant must go through the complete registration process for approval. Nominations will only be allowed after approval by the Cisco Partner Organisation Team.
  7. May I register on behalf of another person?
    We encourage that you complete the registration process yourself as this is an invite-only event.
  8. Do I need to wear my badge during the entire Partner Confluence event?
    Please wear your conference badge to all group functions and meetings so that you can be readily identified as an attendee of the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019. Please be assured that every possible precaution is being taken to ensure a safe and secure working environment at the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019. As such, please be aware that we will be asking for photo identification at registration before releasing a conference badge. Badges will need to be worn during the entire event.
  9. Can I bring a guest? What functions are guests allowed to attend?
    No, the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019 is an invitation only event and spouses and guests will not be a part of the invitee list. In case you do want to bring along a companion you may do that at your own cost. Reservation and other related needs for the companion will have to be taken care of by you.
  10. What should I wear to the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019?
    Smart business casual attire is appropriate for all meetings & conference sessions. The dress code for the Gala Dinner is casual for all.
  11. Can I get copies of the material presented at the conference?
    The presentations will be posted approximately one week after the Partner Confluence at the website where you originally registered.
  12. What language is spoken?
    The official language of the conference is English and all general sessions will be presented in English.
  13. Hotel FAQs

  14. What hotel accommodations have been made for partners and what is the cost to me?
    Accommodation for the Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019 has been reserved for partners at the Sofitel Hotel, Manama, Bahrain. Please do not call the hotel directly to book your reservation. Your hotel reservations will be booked through the Partner Confluence registration system.
    Note: If you require dates outside the conference dates, you will need to contact the hotel directly to update your reservation, based on availability.
  15. Do I need to contact the hotel to book my reservation for the Partner Confluence?
    No, when you register online for the Partner Confluence, your information will be taken and a hotel reservation will be made for you at Sofitel Hotel, Manama, Bahrain.
  16. Do I need to give a credit card to reserve my hotel room?
    A credit card will not be needed to confirm your reservation at the hotel. However, you will be asked for your credit card details at the hotel on arrival to take care of any individual incidentals that you may incur.
  17. Is there parking available at the hotel reserved for Partner Confluence? What is the cost?
    Self- parking and Valet Parking are available at the hotel. Please check with the hotel for more information.
  18. What time is check-in and check-out at the hotels reserved for the Partner Confluence?
    Check-in is on arrival and check-out time is 12:00 noon at the hotel.
  19. Can I extend my hotel stay at the Cisco group rate?
    This will depend on availability of rooms. In case of this requirement, kindly notify the hotel in advance.
  20. Travel FAQs

  21. Do I have to pay for my own Air travel?
    Yes, you are responsible for paying for your flight to the event location.
  22. Do I have to arrange for my Airport Transfer?
    Transfers are arranged from the Bahrain airport to The Sofitel Hotel. Volunteers with Cisco India & SAARC Partner Confluence 2019 placards will be stationed near the arrival section at the airport to guide you.

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