Logistics & FAQs

Stay tuned! The 2018 important dates & deadlines will be announced soon!

Important Dates for the 2017 Exchange

August 1, 2016
Applications for presentations and general attendance will open. Please keep in mind that you must submit your presentation topic via the Exchange application.
October 5, 2016
Presentation submissions on a social entrepreneurship initiative or innovation you would like to share about at the Exchange are due.
November 2, 2016
“Early Bird” registration begins. Price is $699.
November 16, 2016
Last day for “Early Bird” registration price. Full price registration is $850 for non-students on November 17, 2016.
February 7, 2017
Last day to submit an application to attend the Exchange.
February 17, 2017
Last day to submit the registration fee.
March 2-4, 2017
Exchange in Miami, Florida, USA, hosted by Miami Dade College.


Travel & Accommodations


We will announce the location of the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange soon as well as share information about the conference hotel and travel. We can’t wait to spread the word!



How do I attend the Exchange?

Ashoka U uses a two-step application and registration process to ensure we select and convene leading innovators in higher education at the Exchange.

STEP 1: Submitting an application

First, you will submit an application on Ashoka U’s exclusive application platform. To be considered, applicants must create or update a general platform profile and submit the Exchange specific application linked on the platform. It also provides a space to submit a presentation or facilitation proposal.

Accepted participants must demonstrate a track record and interest in social impact and changemaking within higher education. All participants must submit an application in order to attend.

STEP 2: Registering to attend 

Second, once you’ve been selected to attend, we’ll email you a private registration and payment link. This email will also include other logistical details including hotel information.

How long is the conference?

The Exchange takes place over the course of three full days. However open registration the day before the conference officially kicks off!

Why is there an application?

The application helps us to ensure that everyone who attends the Exchange has familiarity with the ideas, concepts, and best practices around social innovation in the context of higher education and is committed to creating change at their institution. Establishing this baseline of expertise will enable us to achieve even greater things throughout the weekend and build partnerships that will continue past the Exchange.

How do I present at the Exchange?

About 70% of the Exchange content is selected from our community, which means anyone can submit a presentation to be selected by the Ashoka U Exchange team.  To be considered, you must answer a series of short and long-answer questions about your presentation topic.

The majority of the presentations involve 3-4 experts and a facilitator speaking on a topic or theme. You can learn more about the specific themes on the “Program” page of our website.

How much does it cost to attend the Exchange?

Ashoka U offers a discounted early-bird registration ($699) and then a full price registration ($850). We hold a limited number of student tickets at the rate of $475. Once sold out, students tickets cost $699.

What is the refund policy?

Ashoka U is able to limited time offer a full or partial refund. Please contact Emily Lamb at elamb@ashoka.org if you would like to request a refund.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact Emily Lamb, Exchange Associate Director, at elamb@ashoka.org.