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Map the System 2023

Are you passionate about making change in the world?
Join us to deeply explore issues that matter to you.

Deeply explore an issue that matters to you and share your findings with the world

Hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford, Map the System is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary challenge that requires participants to use a systems-thinking approach to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental challenge. In the inaugural UCalgary Map the System program in 2021, over 60 students from 12 faculties participated.

Why participate?

  • Join a global movement committed to systems change
  • Compete for $5000 in cash prizes at UCalgary competition during Entrepreneurial Thinking Week in late March. Winners have the opportunity to compete at the Canadian finals, and Canadian winners go on to the global competition
  • Learn new innovation skills to address the world’s most pressing issues and bolster your resume
  • Bring awareness to a social or environmental issue you are passionate about
  • Connect with socially-conscious students, researchers, and practitioners from across UCalgary and Canada
  • Earn a Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning badge in systems thinking to enrich your co-curricular record.
Students working on a project

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Experienced experts will help you learn the foundational skills and approaches you need to impact societal problems.


Your team will be assigned a coach from the Hunter Hub, Haskayne School of Business, or Innovate Calgary who will offer 1:1 coaching throughout your project.

Tools & resources

You'll have access to a variety of resources and tools that social innovators use as you develop your project.


Information session

On January 17, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking held a virtual info session for UCalgary students to learn more about Map the System. You can watch the recording below.

Frequently asked questions

Did we miss your question? Email us directly at to let us know what you're curious about, and we'll get back to you with answers.

Don't forget to watch our info session to learn more about the program.

Map the System is a global competition of University of Oxford's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, delivered in partnership with educational institutions around the world. From its inception in 2015, the competition challenges participants to use systems thinking as a guiding approach to understanding some of the most complex issues the world faces today.

Visit global Map the System website or learn more about Map the System Canada

UCalgary undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni (within 1 year) are eligible to participate in UCalgary's Map the System program.

Map the System can be completed by teams of 1 to 5 people. You don't have to join with others, but it is strongly recommended given the workload.

We are hosting a facilitated team building workshop on January 24. This is a great place to meet others interested in working on problems you're passionate about.

As a participant in UCalgary's Map the System program, you will receive:

  • Resources
    • A guidebook with directions that will move you through the program
    • Access to a D2L page with relevant resources such as the Impact Gap Canvas, Systemic Design Toolkit, and Causes Diagram worksheets, and weekly discussion boards that will help you connect with other teams for peer-to-peer support
  • Workshops
    • Research Methods
    • Human-Centred Design
    • Systems Mapping
    • Storytelling and Communications
    • Presentations
  • Connections
    • Coaches and subject matter experts from the Hunter Hub, Haskayne School of Business, and Innovate Calgary who can help you with your project
    • Taylor Family Digital Library librarians 

Workshops are highly recommended. They will provide a space for you to develop new knowledge, actively work on your projects and receive feedback, and connect with other participants. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the various tools and methods that are introduced throughout the program.

Participants are expected to take a system thinking approach to their research analysis and present their findings in three ways: visual, written, and verbal.

1. Written submission materials

  • Visual systems map(s)

  • Written systems analysis (up to 3000 words)

  • Detailed bibliography 

2. Presentation

The presentation is the part of this competition that most closely mimics a pitch competition, but only insofar as participants are telling a story. Teams will present a visual representation of their systems map. 

This program is free to join.

UCalgary finalists will also have a chance to compete for a share of $5000 in cash prizes awarded at our local competition. The winning UCalgary finalist will have a chance to compete for one of four $2000 prizes at the Canadian finals, and a chance to win a spot in the global finals.

Map the System Canada has projects from last year's program available online. Check them out to see what this program can help you achieve.

Ready to join us?

Information session

Register for the Map the System info session to learn more about the program.

Register here

Review requirements

Check out the program schedule and deliverables to familiarize yourself with what to expect.


Join a team

Don't have a team yet? Still debating whether this competition is for you? Join us this at our Team Building session on January 24 at 4:30 p.m. to connect with potential teammates.



Have your project idea and a team put together? Apply online to secure your spot in this year's program. Registration is open until January 31, 2023.

Register now


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