Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest Begins October 7th

If you haven't already encouraged your students to participate in the 2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest (which begins on Oct 7, with registration open now) please pass this notice along and encourage them to compete!

This year, the IBM Academic Initiative System z team is giving away over $53,000 in prizes, including Google Nexus 10 tablets, expenses-paid trips, custom T-shirts, and a ton of swag! Plus, tons of great technical challenges to give your students hands-on experience and sought-after skills.  

Visit our 2013 Master the Mainframe Contest homepage for details and registration:

We also put a link to a printable PDF flyer on the homepage to help promote the contest to your students.  

The contest is an educational (and fun!) tool that progresses in difficulty and prize value as contestants complete a variety of tasks, logging into a remote mainframe system from their own workstations.  Many professors offer the contest as extra credit or a mandatory assignment -- if you are interested in receiving reports on your students' progress to help with your grading, you can request them from me (Mike Todd - at any time.  The contest runs through December 28.  

This year, the custom Master the Mainframe Contest T-shirt (the prize for being among the first 2,600 contestants to complete Part 1) will feature "tour dates" on the back, which will match the hometowns of the 50 schools that have the most registrants as of October 7.  

You can connect with other students and educators, and keep up with the latest contest announcements, on our Facebook page:

Students will also be encouraged to use their mainframe skills to help them apply for the jobs on our System z Job Board at, and we'll help connect employers with students who complete Part 2 of the contest

Our team hopes to see your students Mastering the Mainframe this fall.  Best wishes for a successful semester!

Best regards,


Michael C. Todd
IBM Academic Initiative System z

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