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!

Evening Activities -Wondering how you will follow a day of great Exchange content? Check out our exciting evening activities and go to our Agenda to learn more!

  • Welcome Meet & Greet – February 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Paradise Point
  • Solidarity in Social Change: Change-Makers of Color Pre-Day Dinner, hosted by Ashoka U Exchange Equity Committee – Register Here! February 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, True Food Kitchen, 7007 Friars Rd Suite 394, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Ashoka After Dark: Screw Up Night – February 21st from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Paradise Point
  • Dine in Old Town, San Diego – February 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, various locations in Old Town
  • Ashoka U’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – February 22nd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Paradise Point

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 of the Exchange.


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 around 20 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.


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.


Keynotes – Our keynotes ensure you start each day of the Exchange centered and inspired. You can count on visionary speakers in social innovation.  See the list of 8 keynote speakers, including Eric Liu, Ashoka Fellow Abby Falik, Antionette D. Carroll, and more here.


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.


Spark Sessions – Spark Sessions are 30 – minute energizers meant to get people moving, interacting, and having fun.  They aren’t conference sessions as normal, check out some of the sessions below.

  • The Floating Ball Challenge with Tracy Benson, President of the Waters Foundation
  • The Art of Storytelling with Janna Zinzi, Strategist and Storyteller at Idea2Form
  • Serious games – Using Simulations to Train Social Activists with Hagai Katz, senior lecturer at Ben-Gurion University

To see a full list of our Spark Sessions make sure to check out our Agenda and sort by the Spark Session Track.

The 2019 Exchange will also feature multiple pre-day activities and special tracks. Learn more here