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Ideas to Serve (I2S) focuses on community collaborations and promotes an in-depth understanding of social and environmental issues locally and globally.

We take a comprehensive approach to social innovation encouraging students to be compassionate listeners; identify and build on the assets; research the solution landscape to learn from both what works and what failed; take a systems approach to identify the root cause versus the symptoms of the issue.

Students who aspire to work closely with and learn from a community partner/civic entrepreneur, those who want to affect change in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), and those who are wondering how they can make a real, lasting, and appropriate difference in other people’s lives are ideal candidates for I2S.

In the 2022 season, student teams will learn from and work with our Atlanta area community partners and civic entrepreneurs. A series of hands-on workshops and discussions, complemented by conversations with experts from the frontlines, will equip participants with broadly relevant problem discovery tools and skills that they can apply in any field and career. The workshops are offered as part of the MGT4803 Social Impact course and they are open to any student interested. 

The deliverable for I2S is a Stakeholder Map of the social issue student teams explore with their community partner's guidance. The I2S Showcase will take place on April 18 where teams will present the outcome of their work to an audience of practitioners, community leaders, faculty, and students.

Participating I2S Teams can apply to the Map the System Global Challenge as a part of our collaboration with the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. The top team(s) from I2S will represent Georgia Tech at Oxford and compete with teams focused on social impact from top universities around the world.

2022 Timeline
January 14 Register for MGT4803 (Requirement to be considered for the Problem Discovery Track.)
January 30 Map the System Registration
April 6 Intent to Compete Form due for Solution Track
April 13 Solution Track Deadline
April 18 I2S Showcase and Partner Celebration 
April 25 Team Awards and Map the System Global Finalist Announced


2022 Workshop Schedule
January 24 Active Listening
January 31 Community Partner Presentations
Febuary 7 5 WHYs
Febuary 14 Finding Data with Social Explorer
Febuary 21 Presenting Data for Storytelling/Data Visualization
Febuary 28 Asset Based Community Development
March 7 Mapping (part 1): Introducing the Tool
March 14 Mapping (part 2): Creating Your Map
March 28 Persuasive Presentations
April 11 Mapping (part 3): Peer feedback and Finalizing Your Map
April 18 I2S Showcase and Partner Celebration
April 25 Reflections and Team Awards
Applications are considered for two separate Tracks:
  • Problem Discovery Track -  for students who are enrolled in MGT4803 and are teamed with a community partner.

  • Solutions Discovery Track - for students who are exploring a social/environmental issue with the intent of gaining a deep understanding of that space and where their skills fit in and are formulating community-based solutions.

The competition is open to any current Georgia Tech student (undergraduate and graduate) and recent alumni.


Understanding the Impact Gaps Canvas framework:

What is Systems – Thinking:

Mapping Tools:

  • KumuA powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps

  • Plectica: Helping people visualize & connect information so they can get on the same page

  • Venngage: Tell your stories and present your data with infographics

  • Piktochart: A simple, intuitive tool that helps you tell your story

  • Infogram: Create engaging infographics and reports

  • Canva: Create beautiful designs

  • MindMup: Create, share, and publish mind maps, hassle-free

 Basic Research Workshop: 

5 Whys & Iceberg Models Workshop:

What to Consider when Conducting Stakeholder Interviews:


Awards and Supporters

We believe in equitable funding principles and are providing investments to all of our participating community partners. Their time, guidance, and lived experience are crucial for our students' learning journey.

Student Team Awards

People's Choice Award - $500

Best Video Award - $500

Scheller MBA Award - $500

Solutions Track Award - TBA*

*More details about this track and award forthcoming.

Map the System Global Finalist Award -  Participation and travel to Oxford, England 

The Cecil B. Day Program for Business Ethics 

Center for Serve - Learn - Sustain

Ted Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship

Steven A. Denning Technology and Management Program

Center for International Business Education and Research (Map the System Sponsorship) 

Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business

Scheller College of Business 

The Woodall Servant Leadership Endowment

LEAD Program

Innovation and Design Collaborative 

Mosley Ventures 


Participation in the Ideas to Serve Competition fulfills the Final Deliverable requirement for the  SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program

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