2018 Exchange Presenter & Facilitator Application

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Background Information

Please submit your application to present and/or facilitate at the 2018 Exchange through this form. The deadline to submit is October 2, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

The application includes two sections of questions: professional background questions and presentation application questions. We’ll use the background information to get to know you a little better and create a more personalized experience for you at the Exchange.

At this time, we are only taking applications for presenters and facilitators. We will open general registration for the 2018 Exchange on October 16, 2017. If you have questions please contact Emily Lamb, elamb@ashoka.org.









Speaking Roles at the Exchange

There are two types of speaking opportunities at the 2018 Exchange.

Best Practice Sessions - These sessions are 90 minutes long and showcase how colleges and universities are evolving to teach students to be 21st century changemakers – from classes to student programming to research to admissions. Best Practice sessions serve as an opportunity to share expertise and demonstrate how-tos on a particular topic.

The majority of Best Practice presenters are placed in a session with 2-3 additional speakers and a facilitator. Ashoka U will edit presentation titles and session descriptions for consistency and clarity.

Big Idea Talks - In addition to Best Practice sessions and panels, the 2018 Exchange is piloting a series of TED-style talks on the agenda. These talks should be no more than 15 minutes in length and are meant to showcase big-picture, cutting edge ideas. Consider potential topic areas such as fields related to social innovation, future scenarios for higher education, or big ideas around social impact. Think big!

As you consider submitting your presentation application, please note that:
  • All selected presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in conjunction with the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange including registration, housing, and travel.
  • Proposal submissions cannot be changed after the review and selection process.
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out on October 16, 2017.
  • All presenters will be listed in the Exchange program.
  • If selected as a presenter, session preparation includes at least 2 calls group and presentation material design and organization.

Best Practice Session






Big Idea Talk




Session Facilitators

Exchange facilitators play a critical role on the agenda. As a facilitator, you will be matched with a topic area and 2-4 presenters. Your role will be to coordinate the speakers, design an interactive, engaging experience for participants, and serve as a liaison with Ashoka U. 

Facilitator applicants may be asked to do a 5-10 minute phone screening before they are confirmed. Facilitators will be listed in the Exchange program and are guaranteed a registration rate of $699.

If selected as a facilitator, session preparation takes about 5 to 8 hours. The prep work includes an orientation call with Ashoka U,  two calls with the group you are facilitating, and coordination of presentation materials.




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Final Details




If you are selected as a presenter or facilitator, this photo will be used in our Exchange community platform.

If you are selected to present/facilitate, the information you submitted will be shared in the agenda and for networking purposes.

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