Exchange Highlights

On this page you’ll find the signature features that make the Exchange one of the top gathering places for social impact educators. Check them out!

Networking Lounge – Take some time to connect with other attendees in the Networking Lounge, housed in the center of the conference. The Lounge will be open and available for you throughout day one, day two, and day three of the Exchange.


Exhibitor Hall – Looking for leading organizations in the field? Look no further than the Exhibitor Hall, which features interactive booths through day one and two. Learn how to become an exhibitor here.


Community Lunches – Looking to find people who share your interests? Community Lunches are small discussions, taking place during lunch on day one and two, about fun, interesting topics you won’t find on the agenda. Each lunch if lead by a selected facilitator. No pre-registration required.


Peer Huddles – At first glance the Exchange is BIG. But the layers are being peeled away with our Peer Huddles! Exchange participants can sign up to be part of a Huddle of 5-8 people including a Peer guide. Huddles will meet 2-3 times throughout the Exchange to check-in, debrief, and make the most of the time together.


Best Practice Sessions – Best Practice sessions are the bread-and-butter of the Exchange, featuring 3-4 speakers, often from different institutions, as they discuss the “how to’s” of social innovation education. They each offer a variety of audience engagement opportunities including Q&A, breakout groups & discussions.


Keynotes – Our keynotes ensure you start each day of the Exchange centered and inspired. You can count on visionary speakers in social innovation. Previous keynote speakers include Parker Palmer, Bill Drayton, and Ashoka Fellows. Stay tuned for our keynote announcements!


Big Idea Talks – Big Idea Talks are inspiring stories of innovation in just 12 minutes. In each talk you’ll hear 3-4 stories, all united by a general theme.


Site Visits – San Diego is a hub of social innovation. This year we’ve lined up a number of site visits, in partnership with University of California San Diego, to showcase the inspiring work happening around the city.

  • More information on this year’s site visits coming soon!

Pre-Day Activities – There will be a number of activities happening the day before the Exchange on Wednesday, February 20:

Canada Day – All Exchange participants from Canada are invited to join Canada Day hosted by RECODE and Ashoka Canada. Canada Day is an opportunity to connect with peers from across the country and learn about unique opportunities for changemaking within Canadian post-secondary. For more information please reach out to Kelly at khodgins@mcconnellfoundation.ca.

Latin America Day – Latin America Exchange participants are invited to discuss and work on changemaker education challenges faced in Latin America. Content will focus on collaboration opportunities to scale Latin America’s collective impact. For more information email Luciana Goles, lgoles@ashoka.org.

Social Innovation Research Symposium, hosted by UC San Diego “Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Bridging Theory and Practice in Creating Social Good” The University of California, San Diego welcomes paper, panel, and poster submissions for a one-day symposium focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary research related to creating sustained social good. Submissions that highlight the co-creation of knowledge by partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and/or communities are especially of interest. Submissions are welcome from all fields, and students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Suggested topics include but are not limited to those that would increase our knowledge about and/or advance progress toward meeting one or more of the UN sustainable development goals.

  • Paper, panel, and poster abstracts must be submitted by November 15, 2018 and should be submitted here. All papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • More Information on the symposium here.
  • Inquiries about submissions should be directed to globalties@ucsd.edu.

Law and Social Innovation Pre-Day -More details coming soon!