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!
We also put a link to
a printable PDF flyer on the homepage - the perfect accessory for any
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.
Students will also be
encouraged to use their mainframe skills to help them apply for the jobs on our
System z Job Board at systemzjobs.com.
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!