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Register today for Map the System 2020!

Click here to register! (Link coming soon!)

What is Map the System?

The Oxford Map the System Challenge; hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, is an opportunity for MRU students to showcase their research presentation and system mapping skills on a global stage.  The Map the System Challenge requires students to showcase their understanding of a social and/or environmental challenges using a systems-level research approach. 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 Canadian Finals in Quebec, and 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 4 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

Important dates:


September 16th, 2019 :  Student registration opens

Click here to register! (Link coming soon!)


February 5th, 2019:  Student registration deadline

 Your team must be registered by this date in order to compete in the challenge


March 25th, 2019: Final student submissions due

Students have until March 25th, 2019 to submit their final materials using the online portal. Required documents;
     1. Visual map or chart
     2. Analysis of research
     3. Bibliography

The 10 minute presentation is due 24 hours prior to the MRU Final (Date TBA)


Date TBA:  MRU Semi-Final

Stay tuned for further details and instructions.


Date TBA: Mount Royal Map the System Final

Location: TBA
Students will present their 10 minute presentations to a group of judges. Winner from MRU Final will advance to the Canadian Final


May 7-9, 2020: Map the System Canadian Final

Teams from across Canada will complete to win a place at the Map the System Global Final in Oxford.


June 5-7th, 2010: Map the System Global Final

Location: Oxford University, UK
The final event will be held at the University of Oxford, where teams from across globe will present their ideas and compete for the world title.

Highlights from Map the System 2019

Students compete for MRU and YYC Map the System titles

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Five MRU teams competed in the Map the System MRU final On April 5th 2019. The winner will be moving on to compete in the Canadian final in Toronto in May and the top three teams competed in the first Map the System YYC Showcase on April 23rd against the top three teams from the University of Calgary.

Read the results of these events here.