The Exchange agenda features over 100 speakers sharing their insights, lessons learned, and challenges as they turn higher education into a tool for social change and impact. About 70% of the Exchange content is selected directly from our community of participants.

Presentation and facilitation applications must be submitted between August 15, 2017 and October 2, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

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Interested in presenting or moderating at the 2018 Exchange?

Below we’ve highlighted the three primary ways individuals can apply to participate on the agenda:

1. Facilitate / moderate a session – Facilitators design and frame an interactive, engaging experience for participants that’s relevant to the topic,  coordinate the speakers,  and serve as a liaison with Ashoka U. Based on your expertise, Ashoka U will match you with a topic area and 2-4 presenters. VIEW FACILITATOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

2. Showcase your innovation in a “Big Idea Talk” – “Big Idea Talk” presenters will have 10-12 minutes to showcase cutting- edge, big picture ideas that speak to the future of higher education in a TED-style format. Consider potential topic areas such as future scenarios for higher education, non-traditional collaboration models, or big ideas around social impact. Please note, there are a limited number of Big Idea Talks throughout the Exchange. VIEW BIG IDEA TALK APPLICATION INFORMATION

3. Present in a Best Practice session – Best Practice speakers share expertise and demonstrate how-to’s on a particular topic. The majority of best practice speakers are placed in a 90-minute session alongside 2-3 additional speakers and a facilitator that Ashoka U matches, based on aligned perspectives and topic areas. Please note all Best Practice presentation submissions will be considered for the Innovation Awards. VIEW BEST PRACTICE SESSION APPLICATION INFORMATION

Below you’ll find the 14 content areas prioritized by Ashoka U for Best Practice sessions at the 2018 Exchange:

  • Student Engagement
  • Co-Curricular Offerings
  • Course Sequences & Degree Offerings
  • Teaching & Courses
  • Faculty Engagement & Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Change Leadership
  • Institutional Strategy
  • Raising Awareness
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Funding
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Well-being

Read the content area definitions and how Ashoka U selected them here.

How to Present on the 2018 Exchange Agenda

If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 Exchange, we invite you to submit an application answering specific questions about your best practice. Presentation and Facilitation applications open on August 15 and close on October 2, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. 

We encourage presentation submissions from public, private, two-year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities from around the world, along with organizations that work alongside higher education to support social innovation initiatives.  

As you consider submitting your presentation, please note that:

  • All selected presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in conjunction with the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange including registration, housing, and travel.
  • Proposal submission topics cannot be changed after the review and selection process.
  • Majority of speakers are placed in a session with 2-3 additional speakers and a facilitator. Ashoka U will edit presentation titles and session descriptions for consistency and clarity.
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out in October 16, 2017.
  • Presenters must register by December 15, 2017 to guarantee their place on the program.

Submit Your Presentation

Download programs from previous years to see highlights and speakers:

2017 – at Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

2016 – at Tulane University; New Orleans, Louisiana

2015 – at University of Maryland; Washington, DC

2014 – at Brown University; Providence, Rhode Island

2013 – at University of San Diego; San Diego, California

2012 – at Arizona State University; Phoenix, Arizona

2011 – at Duke University; Durham, North Carolina