Sep 24

IBM Master the Mainframe Contest



Registration for the 2014 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest is Open!

Each year, the IBM Academic Initiative runs a contest that offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to win prizes while they undertake a self-study of IBM mainframe technology.

The major focus of the contest is to introduce students to an area of the computer field that they may not have had much experience with, and which is currently in a long-term hiring phase.  No mainframe or large systems experience is necessary.

Click here to access the contest homepage.

Click here to access the simple registration form and here for the Facebook page.

The contest begins on October 6, and allows students to log into a mainframe system from their home computers or computer labs to complete increasingly difficult technical challenges for bigger and bigger prizes (T-shirts, IBM swag prize packs, Google Nexus tablets and trips).

The contest runs through December 31.

In recent years, there has been a rebirth of interest in the mainframe.  A significant part of the world’s critical computer processing is done on these machines.  All of the latest software, including Linux, runs on the mainframe.  Mainframes offer superior cost, management and environmental characteristics.

Thousands of older mainframe specialists will be retiring in the coming years.  In a period when the job market has slowed down, having mainframe skills could give students an advantage in the marketplace.

This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for in-demand, high-paying jobs in the enterprise computing industry. In fact, many employers have hired past contestants based on their Master the Mainframe experience!

Students who complete Part 2 of the contest will be invited to send their resumes which we then send to enterprise systems employers.  Interested recruiters can link up with students through these resumes.  Students can also use their mainframe skills to help them apply for the jobs on our System z Job Board at systemzjobs.com.

See this page for more reasons to learn about mainframes.


An educator at your institution must be enrolled in the IBM Academic Initiative.  Use this professor name and email address on the registration page: Stanley Wine, stanley.wine@baruch.cuny.edu