Year after year, hundreds of higher education stakeholders gather at the Exchange to ignite ideas, meet other passionate changemakers, and spark collaborations. See the list of 250+ organizations represented this year at the Exchange here. 

 87% of survey respondents in 2017 said they would return to the Exchange

The 650+ participants come from all around the world and represent over 150 higher education institutions, but they all share:

  • The belief that colleges and universities must support students to be changemakers
  • passion for social impact and innovation
  • drive to embed social innovation activities at their institution
  • An enthusiasm for leading institutional change on their campus

“I always love the thought-provoking keynotes at the Exchange – many of which have had an impact on our strategic direction.”Exchange attendee

“The Exchange sets people walking on a re-energized path for the upcoming year, and reminds them that they are in the company of other like-minded souls.” – Exchange attendee

Who thrives at the Exchange?

We’re proud of the diversity of perspectives represented at the Exchange that mirror the higher education ecosystem. Here you’ll find:

  • College and university faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Students – both undergraduate and graduate*
  • Non-profit and community leaders
  • Social entrepreneurs and Ashoka Fellows
*Please note that there are only 100 student tickets available. To ensure fair distribution of student tickets, we limit 4 students per Changemaker Campus and 2 students per non-Changemaker Campus. Student participants should be working alongside faculty and staff to embed social innovation activities at an institutional level.


Make the Case to Your Institution

If you need to make the case to attend, we’ve put together a drafted letter to share with your boss that shares the value of the conference: Make the case letter


Group Registration Info

If you’re registering a group (3+) to attend, please contact Luciana Goles at


“It was good for me to learn the language of social innovation because I come from a service learning and sociology background. I think our field, Sport for Development and Peace, would grow substantially and benefit from a funding perspective if more people had the language and approaches I gained at The Exchange.”

Ashleigh Huffman, University of Tennessee, 2017 first time Exchange attendee