Attend the University of Waterloo Campus Finals on April 15th! 

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.

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.

2021 Campus Final Prizes

Kindred Credit Union LogoFirst Place: $2,000Sponsored by the Kindred Credit Union
University of Waterloo ShieldSecond Place: $1,000Sponsored by the Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology
Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation LogoThird place: $500Sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation
Owl Practice LogoPACS Award: $1,000Sponsored by Owl PracticeFor the top team with a Waterloo Peace and Conflict Studies student

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. Teams selected for the campus finals will need to provide a video presentation (4). Learn more about submission requirements here.

Students participating in the 2021 competition through the University of Waterloo must submit their projects by April 9th, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST through the Final Submission Form. See Student Resources for more information regarding this year's campus finals and submission process. Contact Thomas Fraser with further questions. 


Date Details
November 2, 2020 Student Registration Opens
February 7, 2021 UWaterloo Student Registration Deadline*
April 9, 2021 UWaterloo Final Student Submission Deadline*
April 12, 2021 Campus Finalists Selected and Contacted*
April 14, 2021 Campus Finalist Video Submission Deadline*
April 15, 2021 UWaterloo 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

* indicates a date specific to participants through the University of Waterloo that may be different from other Canadian universities. 

Learn more about past teams!

Want to get involved?

Email Centre Coordinator Emily Charron.

Stay informed about this opportunity

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.