Map the System 2018 Competition for social change agents
Application Deadline:8 January 2018
Map the System asks you to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for change.
Who is the competition for?
This competition is for you if any of the following apply:
% You have a passion for or lived experience of a particular social/environmental challenge and would like to investigate this problem fully to understand what sort of intervention in the system would be most effective
% You are looking to have a high-impact career and want to understand where your unique skill set can be best applied to effect lasting change
% You want to get an internship related to your chosen issue and want to understand what organisations are out there
% You have an existing solution, product or business idea in mind, but would like to research the issue area thoroughly to understand what solutions have already been tried, and are willing to pivot your idea based on your findings
Map the System is less well suited to those whose business idea or start-up enterprise is further advanced to the point where pivoting their model is not feasible at this stage.
% You can apply for Map the System as an individual or in a team of up to five people.
% At least one member of the team must be a current student at any of our partner institutions (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer), OR a recent graduate of one of those institutions (i.e. having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition).
% Students may be at undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate or doctoral level.
Your institution may have additional eligibility criteria so please get in touch with the Map the System contact at your institution in the first instance, and they will be able to advise you.
How to Apply
1. Check the eligibility criteria and key dates to make sure you are able to participate.
2. Form a team (or go it alone). You can enter the competition as an individual or team of up to five people.
3. Choose your topic. See our guidance page for advice on how to select an appropriate topic.
4. Register online. Tell us a bit about your topic, what you plan to research and who’s on your team. Registration is open from 18 September 2017 until 8 January 2018. The earlier you register, the longer you’ll have to work on your submission!
As soon as you’ve registered to take part in the competition, you can begin your research.
5. Use the resources to guide you. We have a list of recommended resources, including the Impact Gaps Canvas tool and videos of last year’s final presentations. Talk to your institution as they may have other resources to recommend.
6. Research thoroughly. The best submissions are those that draw upon a wide range of sources, such as journal articles, academic literature, policy documents, surveys, and in-person or phone interviews. You can revise or refine your topic at this stage, if you need to.
7. Create your visual map, analysis report and bibliography. The judges will be looking for a submission that is visually appealing, easy to understand, demonstrates thorough research, and draws out key insights and opportunities for change.
8. Submit. Upload your final documents via our online form no later than 26 March 2018.
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