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

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



Ashoka U is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals with demonstrated need. You must apply to be considered. Ashoka U will select scholarship recipients based on the criteria (listed below) on a rolling basis, starting October 16, 2017. Recipients of the Exchange scholarship will receive a reduced registration price of $475.

Apply here!

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 October 16, 2017 and given out on a rolling basis.

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

Questions: Contact Luciana Goles,


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.