This page catalogues important resources for Map the System participants to access throughout the duration of the competition. This includes competition rules and guidebooks, the competition timeline, systems mapping resources, research design resources, presentation resources, where to find peer support, and more.

Students may take part in Map the System as part of a course or independently. Students who are taking part in Map the System outside of a course are encouraged to take advantage of the non-course syllabus to help guide them through competition milestones (coming soon!).

This page will be updated throughout the competition as resources become available from our Map the System partners. If you are having trouble accessing any of these resources, please email Leah Feor at mapthesystem@uwaterloo.ca for support.


Competition rules and guidebooks

  • View the Centre for Peace Advancement's Map the System 2022 Information Session recording below (January 2022)

Competition timeline

Date Details
November 1, 2021 Student Registration Opens
January 31, 2022 UWaterloo Student Registration Deadline
April 3, 2022 UWaterloo Campus Final Student Submission Deadline
April 7, 2022 UWaterloo Campus Final
April 14, 2022 Campus Finalists Selected and Contacted
April 24, 2022 National Submission Deadline
May 4 - 6, 2022 Canadian National Final
May 9, 2022 Global Finalists Announced
June 2, 2022 Global Submission Deadline
June 16 - 29, 2022 Global Final

Systems mapping resources

  • Review this 12 step "Student Guide to Mapping a System" that will help you and your team walk through the process of mapping a system
  • Review the tool,  Impact Gaps Canvas created by Daniela Papi-Thornton, designer of Map the System. This exercise will help you understand the landscape of your problem and identify some paths to a solution.

Research design resources


Presentation resources


Peer support


Additional resources