What is Map the System?

Map they System, hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, is an opportunity for MRU students to showcase their research, systems mapping and presentation skills on the global stage. Map the System challenges students to demonstrate their understanding of a social or environmental issue by taking a systems-led approach. Unlike traditional business pitch competitions, students are not being evaluated on their proposed solution, but rather their depth of understanding.

With support from the Institute for Community Prosperity, teams will develop a final presentation highlighting their research, and one team will have an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Canadian Final in Quebec and, if selected, the Global Final at Oxford University.



What opportunities will students have?

Access to the Map the System network containing innovative ideas, learning tools and resources

An opportunity to present their findings at the Map the System Global Final at Oxford University

An opportunity to network and learn from other students around the world

Access to Apprenticing with a Problem funding; finalists from the Canadian Final will be eligible to apply for $10,000 worth of funding to deepen their understanding of their chosen social or environmental issue

What do you need to register?

Your student email address

A list of your team members (if applicable)

A short summary of your anticipated research topic

This competition is open to all MRU students – including recent graduates who completed their studies within the previous 12 months of their registration date. 

Students can apply for Map the System as an individual, or in teams of up to four people. At least one member of the team must be a current MRU student or recent graduates.

To Register, click here

Important dates:

Map the System Team Mixer - November 22, 2019

This FREE event is for students looking to team up. Mingle with other like-minded students and build your winning team! To RSVP, click here

Registration Deadline - February 5, 2020

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

Student Submission Deadline - March 25, 2020

Students have until this date to submit their final materials using the online portal. The following documents are required:

     1. Visual map or chart
     2. Analysis of research
     3. Bibliography

: Students will also need to submit a final copy of their 10-minute presentation. Presentation materials will be due 24 hours prior to the MRU Semi-Final.

MRU Semi-Final -TBD

Location: Mount Royal University

Students will present their 10-minute presentations to a group of judges. The top five team will advance to the MRU Final on April 9.

MRU Map the System Final - April 9, 2020

Location: Mount Royal University

Students will present their 10-minute presentations to a group of judges. The winning team will advance to the Canadian Final in Montréal.

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

Location: HEC Montreal

At the Canadian Final, teams and educators will have an opportunity to network. Each team will also have an opportunity to receive feedback on their presentation prior to presenting in front of a panel of judges.The two winning teams from the Canadian Final will advance to the Global Final at Oxford University.

Map the System Global Final - June 5-7, 2020

Location: Said Business School at Oxford University, United Kingdom

Teams from around the world will come together to compete for three top prizes.

Highlights from Map the System 2019

A record-breaking 725 teams from across the country participated in the 2019 Canadian challenge – representing 65% of the global participation. A total of 15 Canadian post-secondary institutions attended the 2019 Canadian Final, and for the past three years, a Canadian team has taken top prize at the Map the System Global Final!

Read Re-Code's reflection here

View the 2019 Canadian finalists’ systems maps here


Ashleigh Metcs
Campus Lead, Map the System