Registration for the 2012 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest is now open!
This year, the IBM Academic Initiative System z team is giving away over $50,000 in prizes, including ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablets, expenses-paid trips, custom T-shirts (featuring the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe, which was just announced on August 28) and a ton of swag! Plus, tons of great technical challenges to give students hands-on experience and sought-after skills.
Students can access the simple registration form from that page. We also put a link to a printable PDF Flyer on the homepage to help promote the contest in the classroom.
The contest, which begins on October 1, is an educational 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. You can see more details on the contest in this Destination z blog post.
This year, the custom Master the Mainframe Contest T-shirt (the prize for being among the first 2,500 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 1. The contest runs through December 28.