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Enter the 2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest

Monday, September 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Information Executive Editor

2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 

Over $53,000 in Prizes!

Contest Begins October 7

Registration is Now Open 

Registration for the 2013 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest is now open! 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 students hands-on experience and sought-after skills. No experience necessary!

Visit our 2013 Master the Mainframe Contest homepage for details:

We also put a link to a printable PDF flyer on the homepage - the perfect accessory for any bulletin board!

The contest, which begins on October 7, 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.

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

The only requirement for students to join the contest is that one educator at their school is enrolled in the IBM Academic Initiative. If students are unsure about an Academic Initiative member at their school, they can follow the simple advice that we posted on our Facebook page. (Just put a * in the "Professor" field when you register, and we'll follow up with you later if we need to -- and there's not much chance that we'd need to. Most schools already have an educator enrolled.)

Our team hopes to see many AITP students Mastering the Mainframe this fall!

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