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



Build your research and presentation skills


Forge new connections with innovators and changemakers


Prepare for future career openings and internship opportunities


Compete to present at the University of Oxford and win cash prizes

Map the System is a global competition that challenges you to think differently about social and environmental change.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Map the System asks participants to use ‘systems thinking’ as a guiding approach to understanding complex social and environmental challenges. Participants create systems maps as a means to articulate their findings in a way that people can meaningfully understand, share, and learn from – key skillsets for those interested in creating systemic and sustainable social or environmental change.

Social change is complicated. Mapping is a way of understanding its complexities.

We believe that social transformation doesn’t happen in a silo, nor does it come from one person or one great idea. Mapping out the system allows us to think about context and the many interacting factors that contribute to the development of the issues facing us – be they economic forces, political movements, or global trends. It gives us the tools to understand the whole picture and takes us out of our silos.
Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world.


At the Global Final in Oxford, teams from all over the world will compete to win cash prizes. In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists.



£4,000 cash prize



£3,000 cash prize



£2,000 cash prize

The Virtual Global Final 2020

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists who competed at the Map the System 2020 Global Final!

View the winners announced for the 2020 Map the System competition

Want to bring Map the System to your campus?

Learn how to run your own competition and register your institution as a global Map the System partner.

Partner with us

Participating institutions 2020

Register to join us for the Virtual Global Final on 17 June 2020


Supported by:

Global Partners:

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Canadian Partners: