Year after year, hundreds of higher education stakeholders gather at the Exchange to ignite ideas, meet other passionate changemakers, and spark collaborations. The 700+ participants come from all around the world and represent over 150 higher education institutions, but they all share:

  • The belief that colleges and universities must support students to be changemakers
  • passion for social impact and innovation
  • drive to embed social innovation activities at their institution
  • An enthusiasm for leading institutional change on their campus

Click here to see if your institution was represented at the 2017 Exchange.

Exchange Registration

The presentation application goes live August 15, 2017 and will close on October 2, 2017. General registration  for the 2018 Exchange will open on October 16, 2017 on the Ashoka U website.

**Once we have sold out of the $475 rate student tickets, the price for students will increase to $699.

Please note, we have a limited number of scholarships available. Stay tuned for more information about how to apply.

Who thrives at the Exchange?

We’re proud of the diversity of perspectives represented at the Exchange that mirror the higher education ecosystem. Here you’ll find:

  • College and university faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Students – both undergraduate and graduate*
  • Non-profit and community leaders
  • Social entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows
*Please note that there are only 100 student tickets available. To ensure fair distribution of student tickets, we limit 4 students per Changemaker Campus and 2 students per non-Changemaker Campus. Student participants should be working alongside faculty and staff to embed social innovation activities at an institutional level.


Ashoka U is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals with demonstrated need who plan to attend the Exchange for the first time. Applications will open on October 16, 2017 and we’ll select scholarship recipients based on the selection criteria (listed below) on a rolling basis. Receipts of the Exchange scholarship with receive a reduced registration price of $475.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated need
  • Demonstrated interest and track record of leading changemaker education initiatives

Priority given to:

  • First-time Exchange attendee
  • Faculty, staff, administrators at higher education institutions
  • Representatives from community colleges
  • Representatives from historically black colleges and universities
  • Representatives from tribal colleges

Application Dates: Applications open 10/16/2016 and given out on a rolling basis.

Benefits: Scholarship recipients will receive a reduced registration price of $475.

Questions: Contact Luciana Goles,