How Does It Work?
- Part 1: Learn the Basics
Meet the IBM Z mainframe and acquaint yourself with the user interfaces, the basic concepts, and data structures. IBM will provide step by step instructions to complete the challenges and set you up for success in Part 2.
- Part 2: Practice
Students will program (advanced commands, system setup, and system navigation), develop (C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler, and REXX) and experience operating systems challenges on IBM Z.
- Part 3: Try Challenges
Dive deeper using real life scenarios encountered by experienced systems programmers. Challenges will put contestants to the test and identify those with the most drive and determination to master the mainframe.
Who can compete?
Anyone who is currently a student at the high school or university level can compete — no experience is necessary. The contest teaches the skills you’ll need and the competition difficulty increases as you progress through the contest phases.
- Part 1 Prizes: Snag your Swag
$25 USD Amazon/Alibaba Gift Card for 750 contestants, taken from the first 3000 accepted challenges (a 1 in 4 chance) that are 100% correct.
- Part 2 Prizes: Indulge Yourself
$100 USD Mastercard/Visa Gift Cards for the first 200 challenges that are 100% correct.
- Part 3 Prizes: Show Off Your Talent
The top 2 individuals from EACH region (N. America, Latin America, S. Asia, APAC, MEA, and Europe) will win a $2750 travel stipend to visit the head office of IBM in their region and meet with key executives and recruiters on their project.
Each winning individual will receive a “Master the Mainframe Global Winner” Hoodie.
The top three individuals globally will receive an HTC Vive worth $799 USD.