A global competition to learn more about the issues you care about and present your findings to the world.

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.

Map the System is a competition that asks 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. This competition asks you to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. We want you to present this issue back to us in a way that people can understand, share, and learn from.

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.


Three winners of Map the System will receive cash prizes and tickets to the Emerge Conference 2018 (including a subsidy for travel costs). In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists, including access to the ‘Apprenticing with a Problem’ funding to to facilitate further research on the chosen topic or other development opportunities.



£3,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2018, including a travel allowance



£2,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2018, including a travel allowance



£1,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2018, including a travel allowance

Partner with us for 2018

Universities and post-secondary education institutions all over the world are invited to partner with us to run their own competition.

If you work for an educational institution and are interested in running the competition for your students, register with us now.

Register your institution

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