Map the System

The 2022 Map the System finalists standing beside Paul Heidebrecht in front of MTS banner

Overview | Registration | Prizes


Map the System is a global competition run by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with Oxford University and other post-secondary institutions around the world. In this competition, participants use systems thinking as a guiding approach to explore some of the most complex issues facing the world today.

This video introduces the Map the System competition - keep an eye out for more 2023 dates as they evolve!

Our next in person event is Tuesday 17 January 2023, which will be an opportunity to meet potential teammates and explore topics in advance of the Canada-wide registration deadline 31 January 2023.

Remote video URL

Key Dates and Deadlines

Please note, dates may be subject to change.

  1. 2023
    1. Jan
      1. Participant Registration

        31 January 2023.

    2. Apr
      1. Submission Deadline

        4 April 2023.

      2. Local Finals

        12 April 2023.

    3. May
      1. Online Semi-Finals (1 team per institution)

        May 2023.

    4. Jun
      1. Global Final Submission

        Mid June 2023.

    5. Jul
      1. Global Final

        Early July 2023.

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How do I get involved?

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Step 1: Learn more about Map the System

  1. Review the submission guidelines on the Map the System Canada website
  2. Read Map the System 2023 is underway!
  3. Review frequently asked questions and/or the 2022 recording of the Map the System Information Session
  4. Connect with Map the System Campus Lead, Elham Mohammadi with any further questions by email
  5. Form your team and pick a topic!
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Step 3: Map Your System

  1. Review the resources available to you
  2. Begin your research
  3. Connect with Map the System Campus Lead Elham Mohammadi for support
  4. Map your system!
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Step 2: Register for Map the System

  1. Registration is now open via Map the System Canada. Register here.






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Step 4: Compete for Cash Prizes

  1. Submit your written submission materials in April 2023.
  2. If chosen, compete at the University of Waterloo Campus Final in April 2023 for a chance to win up to $2,000!
  3. If chosen, compete at the Canadian Final!
  4. If chosen, compete at the Global Final in Oxford, UK!

2023 Campus Final Prizes

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Elham Mohammadi

Map the System Campus Lead

Elham Mohammadi is a third-year Ph.D. student in the department of environmental studies. She received her first Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Iran and her second Master's degree in Environmental Studies in Canada. In April 2022, her Map the System team was chosen as one of the top teams in the University of Waterloo's campus final. This year, as the Map the System Campus Lead, she is excited to assist her peers.

Email the Map the System Campus Lead, Elham Mohammadi at with any questions.

Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world.