Presentation submissions for the 2020 Exchange will be open from               August 15 – October 10, 2019.

The majority of the Exchange content featured on the agenda comes directly from participants and provides concrete learning and best practices that can be applied to your day to day work on the campus. Through the submission form, you can share your insights, best practices, and big ideas for the future of higher education.

Depending on your work and what you hope to share on the agenda, we encourage you to consider a variety of different role options and presentation formats. More about each opportunity is included below.


Presenters play an important role by sharing their best practices, big ideas, insights, and lessons learned as they’ve been working to embed social impact and changemaking. A PDF of the Presenter application is available here.

Facilitators are critical because they help frame the conversation ensure engagement with the audience. A PDF of the Facilitator application is available here.

Session Types:

Best Practice session – 75 minutes – feature 2-3 speakers and a facilitator, co-presenting and sharing insights and lessons learned on a specific topic or       theme. You can choose to be matched with other Best Practice session presenters or submit your own session with 2-3 co-presenters.

Big Idea Talk (BIT) – 75 minutes – structured like TED-style talks, these sessions feature 3-4 individual speakers and facilitator sharing a big idea and/or new way of thinking about a cutting-edge idea or framework that is transforming higher education and/or the social sector.

Workshop – 75 minutes – hands-on sessions designed to go deep into skill-building or deep  into a subject that can help fuel social innovation and changemaking initiatives on campus.

Spark Session – 30 minutes – quick, highly participatory sessions that take place after lunch and are designed to get participant energy back up as we head into the afternoon.

Community Lunch – 60 minutes –  these feature one facilitator leading a small group discussion, over lunch, on a specific topic or theme.

Theme and Agenda Topics:

This year the Exchange will dive into the theme: 

 Building Bridges – Changemaking for the Common Good 

We invite you to explore this theme in your submissions and encourage you to reflect upon how you are building bridges across disciplines, through hierarchies, and beyond the university walls. And for what reason? How will our world be different in the future, because of what you are doing today?    

Thematic content areas that will be featured at the 2020 Exchange include:

  • Community engagement
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Faculty engagement
  • Institutional strategy
  • Research and measurement
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching, courses, and course sequences
  • Well being

Selection Process:
The Ashoka U Exchange team, along with the Agenda Council, will review all sessions and determine which sessions will be placed on the 2020 Exchange agenda. The Council leads with an equity and inclusion lens to ensure the content represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social innovation education community. You can read more about the goals of the Agenda Council and its members, here.

We’ve developed this resource to provide tips for a successful submission.

As you consider submitting your application, please note that:

  • All selected presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in conjunction with the 2020 Ashoka U Exchange including registration, housing, and travel. Ashoka U will guarantee the Early Bird registration fee ($699) for selected presenters and facilitators.
  • The deadline to submit is October 10, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in November 12, 2019.
  • All presenters and facilitators will be listed in the Exchange program.