What is Development Dialogue (DD)?

Development Dialogue is an annual 2 day's international social entrepreneur ecosystem conference hosted in Hubballi, Karnataka by Deshpande Foundation India.

How big is Development Dialogue?

Development Dialogue continues to expand; more than 8,000 people gathered at Deshpande Foundation last year and participated in various panels.

What is the theme of Development Dialogue 2018?

The theme of Development Dialogue 2018 is "Collaborating for Big Bets". The conference will draw on over twelve years of collaborative experiences of the Sandbox ecosystem and provide opportunities for potential alignment that could deliver on goals of urgent interest to humanity.


Who attends Development Dialogue?

Development Dialogue brings together hundreds of practitioners, philanthropists, business leaders, directors, local government representatives, international delegates, entrepreneurs, academics, investors, grassroots activists, local community representatives, global visionaries, representatives from for-profits and non-profits, and many more individuals interested in development.

What is the schedule of Development Dialogue?

The Development Dialogue 2018 Agenda will be announced closer to the date of the conference. You can watch videos from previous Development Dialogues here.

Will there be an opportunity to share my ideas at Development Dialogue?

There will be time and space provided if you wish to organize your own presentation or meeting. If you would like to arrange it, please inform us in advance. Call us on +91-944-989-1050 for any queries about the Dialogue. Write to if you wish to join the collaborative team.

Do we accept delegates from abroad and other states of India?

We welcome delegates from around the globe to experience the Sandbox ecosystem and participate in the Dialogue to share their ideas and perspectives on development. We want to encourage other individuals and organizations to implement the Sandbox model in their cities, states and countries. Deshpande Foundation has successfully launched a working Sandbox concept in Merrimack Valley, Lowell, MA, USA!


Where and when will Development Dialogue 2018 be held?

Development Dialogue will be held on the 3rd and 4th of February 2018 at the Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Vidyanagar, Hubballi 580 031. Please see Hubballi map: Click Here


Can I bring a guest to Development Dialogue?

If you are already on our list, we will send you an email with the registration link. If this is your first Development Dialogue, please write to us at, expressing the reason for your interest in Development Dialogue and your background or alternatively, you may click on the link to register for Development Dialogue 2018.

Is there a registration deadline?

Registrations are currently open Register Now

What is the registration fees for Development Dialogue 2018?

  • Registration fees

  • Indian Delegates - INR 6,000

  • Sandbox Partners - INR 4,000

  • International Delegates - USD 150

What is included in the registration fee?

Transportation: Once you arrive in Hubballi, we will pick you up from the airport, take you around for site visits, transport you to and from your hotel during the conference, and drop you off at the airport after the conference.
Food: In Hubballi, we will cover all of the group meals. If you decide to get room service or meals separately from group activities, you will have to cover these costs on your own.

How can I pay the registration fee?

Payments can be made by netbanking, cheque or direct transfer within India. International delegates can pay the fee upon arrival.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Since the conference is by invitation only, you cannot transfer the registration to somebody else. Please contact us if you wish to cancel.

Is there a discount if I only attend 1 or 2 days out of the 3?

Currently we do not offer this option, but we may consider it in future, if there is a demand for it. Each day varies at Development Dialogue, therefore we value your full participation.

Do I need to register if I am presenting at the conference?

Yes, you will still need to register. We will send the registration link to your email address.


How do I get to Hubballi?

Foreign visitors can fly into Mumbai or Bengaluru. From both Mumbai and Bengaluru, overnight sleeper and semi-sleeper buses are available to Hubballi. For air connectivity, there are regular flights from Bengaluru to Hubballi. Those arriving at Mumbai can fly into Belgaum and arrange transportation from there. is a great resource for booking buses, or tickets can be bought for local buses departing from the Bus Stand onboard for around $2 USD.

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Where should I stay in Hubballi?

There are many hotels catering to international guests in Hubballi. Accommodation is available for wallets of different sizes. has a good list of hotels.

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Transportation & Accomodation

What are the available flights to reach Hubballi or Near by?

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Are there any risks in traveling in India that I should be aware of?

Traveling to a developing country has inherent hazards, but Hubballi is a relatively safe area. Crime rates are low, and while it is not advisable to drink the tap water, there is bottled water readily available in every shop. There is some risk of contracting "Delhi belly" or malaria, but cases are generally mild and Hubballi has many capable physicians and hospitals for severe cases. We have had dozens of foreign visitors stay with us at Hubballi for long periods with no serious issues.

How will individuals with disabilities be accommodated?

Though the office of Deshpande Foundation is accessible by wheelchair, the main auditorium where Development Dialogue will be held has no wheelchair access. However, giant screens are placed in the lobby, providing complete coverage of the entire event.

How much should I budget for food and accommodation in Hubballi?

Luxury hotels can cost up to $100 USD per night, but more affordable accommodation is also available. International websites such as can be very helpful in budgeting and finding somewhere to stay. Food is very affordable, with meals running anywhere between $2 USD at local restaurants up to $10 USD at high end hotels.

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