Upcoming Events & Competitions
2020 Agenda Council
The 2020 Exchange Agenda Council will work with Ashoka U to bring an equity and inclusion lens to the selection of content featured on the 2020 agenda and ensure it represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social innovation education community.
The 2020 Council will work with Ashoka U to achieve the following goals:
• Ensure that more perspectives from community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community partners, indigenous communities, and international/non-North America are featured on the agenda. These perspectives have been under-represented in prior years and we hope to begin the long process of remedying that.
• Train speakers and facilitators to be aligned with the Exchange’s values and equipped with skillsets necessary for holding safe spaces at the conference.
• Contribute to improving accessibility and feeling of inclusion throughout the Exchange experience.
We are currently looking for perspectives representative of all higher education stakeholders (faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, students, etc), and selected Council members will receive a $500 stipend, will participate in a trip to Washington, D.C. in October 2019 to select content (costs covered by Ashoka U), and receive waived registration to the 2020 Exchange.
More information about the Agenda Council requirements and responsibilities is available here. Applications are due on June 5th.
We are also creating a Student Council to work with Ashoka U to create, curate, and select content that will be featured on the 2020 Exchange agenda and Student Track.
We are looking for 3-5 students (both undergraduate and graduate) who have attended the Exchange at least once, have demonstrated evidence of leadership related to social impact initiatives on campus, and are passionate about spreading social impact beyond their campus and working collaboratively across higher education.
Student Council members will receive a $500 stipend and complimentary Exchange registration.
More details about the Student Council is available here. Applications are due on June 5th.
Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2019. Fellows will be
selected and notified by June 7, 2019. Applicants should submit an
application form including a project proposal and letter of support from
their Chair or Dean. A detailed program overview and application link
can be found at
Clinton Foundation + IBM Social Innovation Hackathon!
When: Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18, 2019
Where: UC San Diego Career Center
Time: The event will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday and the event will conclude by 4:00 pm Saturday
Meals and refreshments will be provided
Registration deadline is 05/14/19
Please join us in an impact-driven Hackathon on campus from May 17-18. The hackathon is being organized in collaboration with IBM and CGI University, and aims to develop tech solutions to address global disaster response and recovery efforts. The event is open to students of all academic backgrounds and graduation years. Participating teams will have the chance to refine tech and non-tech related project development skills, be given access to IBM open-source technologies, and be able to consult IBM topic and technical experts throughout the event.
Each team should come equipped with at least one team member with coding experience.
Winning teams will receive cash prizes, additional IBM technological resources, and the chance to send a member to participate in the next CGI University meeting in 2020.
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first ever International Smart Border Innovation Challenge is coming this Spring with $20,000 in prizes! Sponsored by the Smart Border Coalition, the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management and the Jacobs School of Engineering. The competition brings the spotlight to promising solutions and technologies to meet the efficiency and security challenges of the region’s ports of entry. It is open to applicants from UC San Diego campus and from universities and the entrepreneur ecosystem in Baja California and San Diego
May 22, 2019 – Border Innovation Challenge. Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/border-innovation-challenge-tickets-59346355547
Questions? Please email Karen at email@example.com
Catalyst Conversations: ‘The Central Park Five’ -
In 1980's New York City, five African-American and Latino teenagers were in the wrong place, at the wrong time: unjustly convicted of a brutal rape in Central Park, but exonerated through DNA evidence 13 years later. Anthony Davis’ opera “The Central Park Five” tells this passionate story, a story about an issue that remains front of mind, more than 30 years after the initial events occurred.
In the inaugural Catalyst Conversations from Arts and Community Engagement, this one-night-only special program comes in advance of the June world premiere of “The Central Park Five” by Anthony Davis at Long Beach Opera.
Featuring performance excerpts from Davis’s opera in a “working rehearsal” format and conversation between Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis, with members of the cast.
The intimate group will be discussing the creative process and impact of performing such a timely, socially conscious work.
Anthony Davis, composer and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music
Andreas Mitisek, director and Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director
Stephen Karr, conductor
Neda St. Clair, pianist
Cedric Berry as “Yusef Salaam”
Bernard Holcomb as “Kevin Richardson”
Nathan Granner as “Khorey Wise”
Derrell Acon as “Antron McCray”
Orson Van Gay as “Raymond Santana”
Up to $10,000 awarded -- Ashoka U Changemaker Campus -- Working Across Differences Fund
This opportunity is exclusively for students, faculty, staff, and administrators from Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses which UC San Diego was designated as last year!
Proposals must be received by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, May 6. Each proposal should be no more than five pages, double-spaced, 12-point font and should address each of the items below. Please email the proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org as a PDF attachment.
Application Details (View Guidelines here)
- Summary of the challenge you propose to address (i.e., demonstrate your understanding of the challenge and relevant initiatives/efforts to date)
- Summary of your Working Across Differences project, including a description of your project, the community you wish to involve and/or impact, potential team and partners, project approach, and key activities
- Desired outputs and outcomes of the project and the potential of impact for your campus and/or community
- Brief description of how your project meets the eligibility criteria
- Main point of contact and why they are suited to lead the project
- Estimated timeline for implementation
- Amount requested and basic line-item budget
The Fund will provide up to six grants of up to $10,000 USD to accelerate the creation, implementation and spread of tangible methods that build bridges across differences on campus.
Selected grantees will:
- Receive up to $10,000 USD grant funding
- Participate in quarterly learning “Huddles” with other grantees
- Share their experiences through a “Working Across Differences” blog series and/or session series at the 2020 Ashoka U Exchange
April 22, 2019
DESIGNING A BETTER WORLD
Come find out how you can use your talents to design a better world during college and beyond! Learn about the Global TIES program, NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, and IBM’s Corporate Service Corps! Network with IBM staff over light refreshments!
MONDAY, APRIL 22nd
5-6:30 PM QUALCOMM
CONFERENCE CENTER JACOBS HALL
April 25, 2019
Do you have a vision that will change the world?
Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us to make this world a better place and participate in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC).
The GSIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. Apply for the chance to pitch your venture to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 in funding and other resources.
Applications now being accepted! Apply here: http://bit.ly/GSIC-2019-UCSD . Deadline to apply is April 29th
- APRIL 16th and APRIL 25th - Register to attend an InfoSession -http://bit.ly/UCSD-GSIC-InfoSession
- April 29th - Applications Due http://bit.ly/GSIC-2019-UCSD
- APRIL 30th - Attend the Pitch Workshop
- MAY 8th - Semifinals
- JUNE 14-16th - Compete at GSIC at USD
Questions? Please email Diana K. at email@example.com
April 24, 2019 (Institute for Practical Ethics- UCSD)
Emma Marris, an environmental writer and reporter who explores conservation, ecology, energy, agriculture, food, language, books, and film will present on The Future of Nature: Conservation in the Anthropocene
April 30, 2019 (University of San Diego, KIPJ Theater)
Join us at USD's 3rd "Better Business for a Better World": A Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
We will feature 4 guest speakers, sharing on how they have cultivated successful social enterprises in the San Diego community and abroad through their beverage businesses!
- City Heights Coffee
- Project Reo Collective
- Dojo Coffee
We will follow with a networking reception featuring both our panelists as well as other startups and organizations! Light bites will be provided.
$1.75 Million in New Funding Available for Social Innovators
The application deadline is April 30, 2019
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice.