National Conference 2019


Embassy Suites by Hilton Silicon Valley

901 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, California, 95035, USA
Tel +1-408-942-0400

We have negotiated a special rate of $150/night (plus tax of 14.4% for a total of $171.60/night). The rate applies to stay during 3 nights (Friday 27 Sept, Saturday 28 Sept and Sunday 29 Sept, 2019). The hotel has a non-smoking policy.

**The participants are requested to book their tickets after 1 PM on sunday as the meeting will end 12 noon.

This rate applies to upto 4 people/room (Double or Double Suite) and includes following concessions:

  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast (valued at $20 per person)
  • Complimentary evening reception 5.30-7.30pm (valued at $22 per person)
  • Complimentary Wifi (valued at $10.95 per person)
  • Happy hour from 4:00 - 6:00
  • Indoor Pool
  • State-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment

You can book the room by:

1. Calling directly 1-800- EMBASSY (800-362-2779) and using the group code EKL or using the link below:

Hotel Booking

To: Those who plan to stay at Embassy Suites Hotel during Ekal Conference, but haven't booked a room yet

As previously communicated, the deadline for making a hotel booking online expired, Thursday 5, September. Also, the contract rate of $150/night (plus taxes) may not be available, depending on hotel occupancy.

For those who wish to make hotel booking starting Friday 6 September, the process will be as follows:

1. Online booking will not be available.

2. Call Sheila Perez, Sales and Catering Coordinator, Embassy Suites Milpitas, at 408 876-3013

You will need to provide Ekal reference, give your name, and provide a Credit Card No.

You maybe placed on a brief hold before confirming your reservation. The price maybe different.

3. If you have any difficulty, please contact Nima Gujar - Chapter President, Silicon Valley ,Tel: 510-209-7848

India Community Center
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 934-1130

Transportation Airport to Conference Venue

Airports close to venue

  • San Jose, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

Conference participants can arrive at any one of the Bay Area airports (San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco) and take a taxi or a "ride-hailing"company (either Uber or Lyft) to arrive at the Conference Hotel

Embassy Suites by Hilton Milpitas Silicon Valley
901 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035 
Tel: (408) 942-0400

The airport closest to the hotel is San Jose (SJC)

Please note that in order to use either Uber or Lyft, one needs a smart phone with those apps installed plus a valid credit card linked to those apps. The price of a Uber or Lyft ride will depend on supply/demand situation for the company along that route and will depending on the time of the day. In addition, price of a Uber ride may be substantially different from that of Lyft, so it is best to check both apps before deciding. At these airports, look for signs that will direct an arriving passenger to the waiting area where they can be picked-up.

Approx cost of either Uber or Lyft from:

  • San Jose $25
  • Oakland $45
  • San Francisco $75

Approx 10% tip is recommended for the driver and it can be added on the app.

If you have any questions or need help, please call/email Nima Gujar, + 1 510-209-7848


Time Session Point Person/ Speaker Location
Friday, Sept 27      
2 -8 pm Registration Pooja/Rashmi/Sunita/Vinita & Ramalaxshmi ICC (India Community Center)
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 934-1130
3.00 pm Tea/Snacks   ICC
5-7 pm  Hotel Reception hour  (for Guests staying at Hotel)   Hotel  Embassy Suites by Hilton Silicon Valley
901 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA
6.00 pm Welcome .. Get To know Ekal  Jeopardy Naren ji and Yogi ji ICC
6:30 - 7:00 pm  Welcome and EC Report Suresh Iyer ICC
7:00 - 7:50 pm Dinner/Introductions   ICC
7:50 - 9 pm Regional Presidents Presentation Teams ICC
9 - 10 pm Entertainment - Karaoke, Jokes etc.   ICC
Saturday, Sept 28      
7.0 - 7:45 am Breakfast( for Guests staying @ Hotel)   HOTEL
8 - 8.15 am Ohm…Apna Ekal Video, Welcome, Prayer   ICC
8.15 - 8.45 am Ekal in 2019 - Current State of Ekal   Suresh Iyer/ Bajrang Bagra ICC
8:45 - 9:00 am Event  - Summary -2019 and Plan for 2020 Event Committee ICC
9:00 -9:15 am  Q/A   ICC
9:15 - 10:00 am    Overview on Special Projects -GRC, IVD, EOW, Tailoring, Computer Lab & Adish Jain Video on IVD India Team ICC
10:00 - 10:15 am Tea/Bio Break   ICC
10:15 - 10:30 am E-Shiksha -Current state   Suresh Iyer and Bagra ji ICC
10:30 - 10:45 am Fundraising PayBee ICC
10:45 - 11:15 am Brainstorming -  Strengthening Your  Chapter  Breakup into 4 tables - Two regions will be paired   ICC
11:15 - 11:30 am Presentation of the brainstorming Sessions   ICC
11:30 - 12:00  Town Hall Moderated by Suresh Iyer ji  Ramesh Bhai Bagra ji  ICC
12 noon - 1.15 pm Will have TV screens present activities from all Chapters - Lunch Ranjani ji (Owner) has Slide Show  ICC
1.15 - 1:45 pm RoadMap for the Future  _ Digital Platform Suresh ji/India team ICC
1.45 -2:00 pm  DRM Rav Dev Gupta ICC
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Ideas for Ekal India and for improving Ekal India-   USA connections Break up into 3 Groups ICC
2:30 - 3:00 pm Presentation of the brainstorming Sessions Ranjani Saigal ICC
3:00 - 3:15 pm Tea/Bio Break   ICC
3:15 - 3:30 pm Youth Initiatives (end with Presentation by Samarth Kadaba )      (Son of Meena Kadaba- CP- Tri Valley CA) Ranjani Saigal ICC
3:30 - 3:45 pm PR / Media Kalpana Fruitwala ICC
3:45 - 4:00 pm Social Media Prashant Shah ICC
4:00 - 4:14 pm Website Viral Patel ICC
4:15 - 4:30 pm Why Galas?  Ranjani/Suresh Iyer ICC
4:30 - 4:40 pm Group Picture Nima Gujar ICC
5:00 - 6:30  pm Hotel Reception hour  (for Guests staying @ Hotel )   Hotel
7.00 pm Keynote Speaker - Raju Reddy, Entrepreneur , Founder Kakathiya Sandbox, Donor Panel (Participants to be confirmed)  Bay Area Chapter  My Royal Palace
(1.2 miles from ICC) 
(1.3 miles from the Hotel)  
246 Serra Way, Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 956-9000
Sunday, Sept 29      
7.00 - 7:45 am Breakfast  ( for Guests staying @ Hotel)   Hotel
8 - 8.15 am Ohm...Ekal Video, Welcome, Prayer   ICC
8:15 - 9:00 am Saturday Review, Q&A, Introduce Board/Advisors Update and More Suresh ji / Ramesh ji ICC
9 - 9.30 am EVFI Future Planning & Goals Bajrang Bagra (Owner)       Suresh Iyer  ICC
9.30 - 9.40 am Board Update Ramesh Shah (Owner) ICC
9.40 to 10.10 am Event - 2020  Event Committee ICC
10:10 - 10:30 am  Ekal USA Future Strategy Suresh Iyer (Owner)/Ramesh Shah - EVF USA, EVF India ICC
10:30- 11:00 am OPEN -- Any left over items   ICC
11.00 - 11.30 am Concluding Message / Vote of Thanks Suresh Iyer (Owner)/Ramesh Shah - EVF USA, EVF India ICC
11.30 am - 12 Noon Brunch / Take-away boxes for travelers   ICC

The Event

Friday, September 27, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019
901 E. Calaveras Boulevard Milpitas CA 95035, United States
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For more information contact

Nima Gujar
+1 510-209-7848

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