Registration for the 2019 Map the System Challenge is now closed.

What is Map the System?

The Oxford Map the System Challenge, hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, requires students to showcase their understanding of system-level social and environmental challenges. Unlike a pitch competition, students in the Map the System Challenge are evaluated based not on a ‘solution’ to a problem, but rather on the depth of understanding of the problem, as well as the nature, diversity, efficacy and relationships of current interventions (whether by governments, NGOs, social movements or the marketplace). With the support of the Institute for Community Prosperity, students will develop a presentation on their issue and have the chance to participate at the Global Finals at the University of Oxford and compete for cash prizes.

The Challenge is also open to students of all levels, programs and disciplines, including recent graduates (having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition). Participants can apply for Map the System as an individual or in a team of up to 5 people, with at least one member of the team being a current student or recent graduate.

Want to Learn More?

Visit the Oxford Map The Systems website: http://mapthesystem.sbs.ox.ac.uk/?slide=home
Book an info session with a Latasha Calf Robe. To book an info session please contact Latasha at lcalfrobe@mtroyal.ca

Student Guide to Mapping a System


This twelve-step Guide, co-authored by Anna Johnson, Daniela Papi-Thornton and James Stauch, will help walk you (and your team, if you have one) walk through the process of mapping a system. This Guide will provide you with advice and additional tools for each step of the process, from picking a social or environmental challenge, to researching it and presenting your analysis and ideas (visually, orally, and in writing).

We hope this Guide and the suggested resources will not only help you navigate the Map the System process, but will also support you in your own future contributions to systems change. Click here to download.

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