Map the System is a global competition that challenges you to think differently about social and environmental change.

Map the System

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. We want you to present this issue back to us in a way that people can understand, share, and learn from.

Student registration for the 2021 competition is from November 2, 2020, to January 31, 2021. Register today.

Want some help meeting other competitors and starting the team building process? Register for the UWaterloo Map the System Team Mixer, an online event happening December 2 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Map the System 2021 Intro Video:

Why enter?

You will have the opportunity to make connections with socially-conscious students, researchers and practitioners from within UWaterloo and the wider community.

You could also be selected to participate in the Global Final and compete with teams from across the globe to win cash prizes.

But more importantly, you’ll get the chance to research a real-world problem, learn about organisations working the field, and contribute towards making a real difference in your chosen area.

Competition details

Map the System is open to University of Waterloo undergradute and graduate students, and recent graduates in any faculty who want to learn more about a problem they are passionate about.

Teams can be made up of individuals, or up to five people. At least one team member must be a current student, or recent graduate (within 12 months).

By the submission deadline, your team will need to submit (1) a visual map, (2) a written summary of your research, and (3) a bibliography. Learn more about submission requirements here.


Date Details
November 2, 2020 Student Registration Opens
January 31, 2021 Student Registration Deadline
April 2, 2021 Final Student Submission Deadline
April 4-16, 2021 Campus Finals
April 25, 2021 National Submission Deadline
May 5-7, 2021 Virtual Canadian Finals
May 24, 2021 Global Submission Deadline
June 9-11, 2021 Global Virtual Finals

Learn more about past teams!

Want to get involved?

Email Centre Coordinator Michelle Jackett.

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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.