Logistics & FAQs

We’re thrilled to announce #AUX2020 will take place on April 16-18, 2020 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. The co-host is University of St. Thomas. 


  Important Dates for the 2020 Exchange

Aug 15, 2019                           Presentation and facilitation applications open

Oct 10, 2019                            Deadline to submit presentation/facilitation applications

Nov 12, 2019                           Presenters and facilitators for 2020 Exchange notified

Nov 12 – Dec 5, 2019             Early Bird ($699) registration

Dec 6 – Feb 5, 2020              General registration ($799)

Dec 15, 2019                           Last day to get full ticket refund

Feb 5 – Apr 1, 2020                Late registration ($849)

Apr 2 – 16, 2020                      Final registration ($949)

April 15, 2020                         Exchange Pre-Day Activities

April 16 – 18                            The Exchange!

*Ashoka U reserves 100 student tickets at a rate of $475. Once sold out, the student ticket price is $699.

Conference Location

The 2020 Exchange will take place in the Twin Cities. The first two days (April 16-17) of the conference will happen in downtown Minneapolis, MN and the final day (April 18) will take place at the University of St. Thomas. 





Conference Accommodations

Ashoka U will have a room block in the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. Exchange attendees can receive a reduced rate of $159/night (plus taxes and fees), pending availability.

Reserve Your Room






Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Exchange?

The Exchange officially starts on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 9:00 am.  The Exchange will end at around 2 pm on Saturday, April 18th, 2020.

Attendees are also invited to a variety of Pre-Day activities that start on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. The Exchange features optional meet-and-greet and networking events on Wednesday evening.

How do I register for the Exchange?

Register Here!

What does registration include?

Your Exchange registration includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Three action-packed days of content about social innovation education, including workshops, site visits, and other local activities
  • Three plenary sessions
  • Access to presentations after the Exchange
  • Face-to-face time with the leaders in the field
  • Exclusive access the list of 700+ attendees and contact information
  • Platform to connect with other attendees (available before the conference)

How do I present at the Exchange?

75% of the content on the Exchange agenda is sourced from our community via an application process. The application process opens on August 15, 2019 and closes on October 1o, 2019.

We accept applications for Best Practice Sessions (group presentations), interactive workshops, and Big Idea Talks. We also accept applications for facilitators for Best Practice Sessions and Big Idea Talks. We invite submissions from all perspectives including faculty, staff, students, administrators, social entrepreneurs working in higher education, etc. The agenda will be selected by an Agenda Selection Committee.

How can I  make the case to attend the Exchange?

Use this Exchange Request Letter to share with your supervisor to approve your attendance of the 2020 Exchange!

Is there an easy way to register a group?

If you have a group of 3 or more you’d like to register, visit our group registration form. For any questions related to group registration, please contact Araseli Lara at alara@ashoka.org.

How can I obtain a copy of my Exchange registration receipt?

Our ticketing system will email you a receipt to the email listed on your registration information. If you did not receive it, please contact Araseli Lara at alara@ashoka.org.

How can I share about my program with the entire Exchange community?

You can purchase an advertisement in the Exchange program to spread your message. A limited number available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All ads will be printed in color. Please contact Araseli Lara at alara@ashoka.org for more details.

What is the refund policy?

We are able to offer a full refund until December 15, 2019. A 50% refund will be offered from December 16, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Araseli Lara, Exchange Manager, at alara@ashoka.org