Exchange Attendees

“[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

Exchange attendees are top thinkers and doers in higher education, eager to connect with peers about how social innovation can transform higher education. Last year we had nearly 700 innovators from about 150 institutions spread across 21 countries. Regardless of geography or role, throughout the years we’ve seen that Exchange attendees share:

  • passion for social impact and innovation
  • An excitement to innovate and further social entrepreneurship on their campus
  • Determination and grit to transform new ideas into initiatives and action

By the Numbers


Want to join this community of educators?

We require all interested individuals submit an application. Accepted applicants can register in early November.  To apply, you must:

1) Create or update your user profile

It includes all your basic biographical information. This way you’ll never have to re-enter the same biographical info again for any of your Ashoka U related applications.

2) Complete the Exchange application

With this application the Ashoka U team can get to know you, your pain points, and what you hope to learn at the Exchange. With your help, the 2017 Exchange experience will go far beyond a “typical conference.”

In total it should take you no more than 15-20 minutes! See our “Step-by-Step” application guide  here.

Who thrives at the Exchange?

University faculty, staff, and administrators: The majority of Exchange attendees are university faculty, staff, and administrators who are leading the drive to embed social entrepreneurship in higher education. Every participant will find opportunities relevant to their unique perspective and experience:

  • Gain resources for teaching & research in social entrepreneurship
  • Share lessons on institutional change models
  • Collaborate with peers and develop partnerships

Students: Students enjoy the conference best if they are specifically working to further their campus social innovation activities at an institutional level. We limit 4 students per Changemaker Campus and 2 students per non-Changemaker Campus. Priority will be given to student applications that demonstrate a commitment to furthering long term institutional change. The Exchange is not for students seeking out advising about venture creation. During this gathering, students will:

  • Join a select cohort student leaders interested in social innovation education
  • Share lessons on institution-wide student leadership related to social innovation
  • Give voice the student experience to higher education leaders

Please note we reserve a limited number of discounted tickets to students at the price of $475. After these tickets sell out, the price for students is $699.

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