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

Was your institution represented at the 2017 Exchange? Click here to see the full list of colleges and universities in attendance.

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.

How to join our community

The presentation application goes live August 15, 2017 and will close on October 2, 2017. Registration tickets for the 2018 Exchange go on sale on October 31, 2017. Below you’ll find the ticket pricing information:

Early Bird Discount Tickets – $699 – October 31, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Regular Registration Tickets – $850 – November 18, 2017 – March 16, 2018

Student Registration Tickets (limited availability) – $475 – October 31, 2017 until we run out. Once we have sold out of the $475 rate, the price for students will increase to $699.

We have a limited number of scholarships for participants. Stay tuned for more information about how to apply.


“[The Exchange is] changing the entire trajectory of higher education…I am returning even more energized and with lots of new friends and contacts and learning and terrific possibilities.” –David Castro, Ashoka Fellow