Map the System

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Overview | Registration | Prizes


Map the System is a global competition run by the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship in partnership with Oxford University and other post-secondary institutions around the world. This year, the national Map the System competition will be led by the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University. In this competition, participants use systems thinking as a guiding approach to explore some of the most complex issues facing the world today. Interested in applying to the competition? Applications are open every November to January. 

What is Map the System?

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Upcoming Key Dates and Deadlines

Please note, dates may be subject to change.

  1. 2024
    1. Feb
      1. Research Period

        February-April 2024.

    2. Apr
      1. Submission Deadline

        April 3 2024 at 11:59pm

      2. Local Campus Finals

        April 10, 2024. 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

    3. May
      1. Canadian Finals (in Calgary, Alberta)

        May 24-27 2024.

How do students 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. Review frequently asked questions and/or the 2022 recording of the Map the System Information Session
  3. Form your team of 5 people or less 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. Reach out to the support team at the Centre for Peace Advancement with questions
  4. Map your system!
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Step 2: Register for Map the System

  1. Register for the campus finals through Map the System Canada.

Registration for the Fall 2023/Winter 2024 has ended. Registration for Fall 2024/Winter 2025 will begin November 2024.

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Step 4: Compete for Cash Prizes

  1. Submit your written submission materials.
  2. If chosen, compete at the University of Waterloo Campus Final 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!

Campus Final Prizes

Email the Map the System Campus Lead with any questions: