Tracks & Pre-Days

Curated Tracks

This year the Exchange agenda will feature curated, multi-session deep dives  into critical specialized topics related to social innovation education, including:

NEW: Tech & Changemaking Track: The inaugural Tech and Changemaking Track, in partnership with Schmidt Foundation, at the Exchange aims to bridge the skillsets from social impact, ethics, and tech disciplines to graduate a new type of student – a changemaker.

We invite participants from the disciplines and sectors of Computer Science, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, and Data Sciences to join us for this 1.5 day track, taking place at the upcoming Ashoka U Exchange on February 21-23, 2019.

  • Want to learn more? A draft overview and agenda for the Track can be found here.

If you have any questions, would like to learn more, or are interested in special speaking opportunities within the Track, please reach out to Exchange Director, Beeta Ansari, at

Pre-Days Activities

On Wednesday, February 20, before the Exchange officially begins, all Exchange attendees are invited to participate in a number of opportunities for networking and specialized content, including:

Law & Social Innovation Pre Day, hosted by University of San Diego | 8:00am – 5:00pm at University of San Diego

Register here. Cost to participate in the pre-day is $75 (in addition to Exchange registration and pricing).

The 3rd annual Law and Social Innovation gathering at the Exchange will bring together a community of thought leaders and innovators in the field of legal education, who will together explore the role of law schools in creating the next generation of changemaker lawyers. Previous participants include Ashoka Fellows, law faculty, and practicing law professionals.

The Law and Social Innovation Pre-Day will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and provide participants an opportunity to connect with other innovative legal educators, discuss the impact of changemaker lawyers, and collectively consider how we can better embed social innovation skillsets and mindsets into their daily work.


Social Innovation Research Symposium, hosted by UC San Diego – “Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Bridging Theory and Practice in Creating Social Good” | 8:00am – 5:00pm at Paradise Point

Register here! (The Symposium is free and open to the public, including Exchange particpants)

The University of California, San Diego will host a one-day symposium focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary research related to creating sustained social good. The Symposium will feature paper and poster presentation from all fields on topics that increase our knowledge about and/or advance progress toward meeting one or more of the UN sustainable development goals.


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


Latin America Day – All 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,