"Master the mainframe was an incredible experience that opened up new opportunities that I did not know existed. Many employers took an interest in me and my knowledge with the mainframe. Master the Mainframe helped me gain valuable mainframe skills and land a stellar job opportunity working with IBM Z."Anna MckeeGlobal Winner 2017 and 2018
"It does take a time investment to be successful, but it’s very worthwhile. There’s a major skills gap in our generation. [What you learn] will easily kick-start your career. If I can do it, anyone can."Mathew BowenGlobal Winner 2018
"The contest changed the way I look at mainframes. It gave me a glimpse of the future of enterprise computing."Zimbabwean Brian Zhou2018 MEA Winner
Exclusive access to IBM Z Career Marketplace Community
Earn industry recognized digital badge
$150 gift card to the fastest 250 finishers
Master the Mainframe Part 3 Finisher t-shirt
Earn Industry recognized digital badge
$2,750 travel stipend to the top 2 individuals from each region*
The top 3 individuals globally will receive a $1,000 USD cash Educational Scholarship
Navigating around, creating files and running programs.
Introduction to a variety of programming languages, operating systems and technologies such as databases and security.
Solve real world challenges using the skills you learned in Part 2.
The Master the Mainframe Competition is comprised of three parts. Part One to help you learn the fundamentals of the mainframe, Part Two builds on the fundamentals by teaching you how to program with modern languages, and Part Three puts all your new skills to the test in a “real world” situation. Along the way you will not only build skills, you can earn digital badges, and great prizes.
Besides the awesome prizes, you can obtain unprecedented exposure to a wide variety of enterprise systems, software, and products. You can also earn an Enterprise Computing Open Badge to put on your resume or social media pages, so potential employers can easily find you. Yup, that’s right – this is one competition that can even land you a job!
Anyone who is 13+ years old, and currently a student at a high school or university 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. For more information on eligibility please reference the PA which can be found here.
There is no set time for each of the parts. You can complete the parts at your own pace, as long as you finish Part 3 by December 31 you are eligible for the Grand Prize. Keep in mind a few of the prizes will go to the first group (number located in prize section) to complete a certain part.
Many professors and teachers across the globe have started adding this competition into their curriculum. Please share the registration link with your students and have them complete the parts. If you are interested in having your students participate and have more questions, please view this informational webinar or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to network, learn, and get your questions answered during the competition? Join the Master the Mainframe Slack Group. Through there you will be able to chat with IBM Mentors, AngelHack staff, and meet other students. CLICK HERE
Want to help promote Master the Mainframe around your campus or community? We will be adding a link to downloadable flyers shortly!