Logistics & FAQs

Important Dates

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

The 2017 Exchange will take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown and at Miami Dade College. Ashoka U has reserved a hotel block at the Hilton for Exchange participants.

For participants flying to Miami, we recommend the Miami International Airport (MIA).



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.

Why 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?

As part of the general Exchange application on MyAshokaU.org, you are able to submit your presentation proposal through answering a series of specific questions. We do not accept abstracts.

To be considered for a presentation we must receive your completed application by midnight PST on October 5, 2016. Ashoka U prioritizes high quality, tested models to include on the agenda that align with the overall themes. 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) from November 2 – November 16, 2016. Beginning on November 17, 2016 the registration fee will increase to $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 offer a full or partial refund depending on the date:

  • December 21, 2016– Full refund
  • February 1, 2017 – 50% refund

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds after February 1, 2017. 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.