Leaders today and tomorrow. IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship. Leaders today and tomorrow. IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship.

Current Standings Current Standings

First place: Selvakumar Vairasamy - Canada
Second place: Vladislav Gorbatiuk - Ukraine
Third place: Ricardo Patino - Colombia

First place: Selvakumar Vairasamy - Canada
Second place: Vladislav Gorbatiuk - Ukraine
Third place: Ricardo Patino - Colombia

2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship highlights 2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship highlights (00:01:29)

The IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship was a first-of-its-kind, global competition. IBM brought students from countries around the globe to IBM in New York City to compete in this premier enterprise coding event.

The top 6 winners of the World Championship

First Place

  • Yong-Siang Shih

    National Taiwan University
    Score: 3407

Second Place

  • Rijnard van Tonder

    Stellenbosch University
    South Africa
    Score: 3329

Third Place

  • Philipp Egli

    University of Brighton
    United Kingdom
    Score: 3186

Fourth Place

  • Mugdha Kadam

    University of South Florida
    United States
    Score: 3031

Fifth Place

  • Shahini Sengupta

    RCC Institute of Information Technology
    Score: 2977

Sixth Place

  • Aaron Call Barreiro

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
    Score: 2840

Champions converge from around the world


The IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship 2014 brought together the next generation of mainframe all-stars. Out of 20,000 IBM Master the Mainframe student contestants, 43 Master the Mainframe winners that had demonstrated superior programming skills on the mainframe were selected to compete on the world stage, representing schools from over 23 different countries around the globe.

Competitors sharpened their programming skills, cultivated advanced development tools, and learned how the mainframe platform supports Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Mobile and Security initiatives. Using that knowledge the competitors were tasked to build a business application on the mainframe. This application was presented to a diverse panel of judges representing the IT industry in New York City on April 7, 2014. Competitors were announced at the IBM 50th Anniversary event held on April 8, 2014, with special recognition for the Top 3 Winners.

Competitor Prizes

Rewards, honors and prestige.Rewards, honors and prestige.

All participants received expense paid trip to New York City for the period of April 5th, 2014 through April 9th, 2014. This includes coverage of air fare, a hotel designated by Sponsor (double occupancy) and meals. Participants who rank in 1st , 2nd and 3rd place in the Contest (collectively, “winners”) will receive trophies and prizes, including a laptop computer (Approximate Retail Value [ARV]: 1,829.49), directly from the General Manager of System z at the 50th Anniversary of the IBM Mainframe event in New York City on April 8th, 2014. All participants will receive competitive recognition plaques for their participation in the event.

Academic Initiative


The IBM System z Academic Initiative holds competitive coding contests, and enables students around the globe learn enterprise computing skills. The System z Academic Initiative holds regional IBM Master the Mainframe Contests in which winners compete to qualify for the Master the Mainframe World Championship. Through the Initiative, IBM has worked with students, professors, businesses, and universities to provide mainframe training and curriculum resources at over 1,000 schools in over 67 countries. The program also sponsors the Master the Mainframe contest, which has drawn over 68,000 competitors since its inception in 2005.

The IBM System z Academic Initiative has evolved alongside the technology that it supports. As the business community advances enterprise computing – Big Data, Analytics, Cloud and Mobile – new skills will be required from the workforce. To help the new generation of students learning on the mainframe, IBM works with professors and academic institutions to reshape curriculum and teachings.

Students who compete in the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest will get unprecedented exposure to a wide variety of enterprise systems, software and products. Professors from around the world who are enrolled in the IBM System z Academic Initiative gain access to the newest mainframe systems and enterprise computing software, exposing students to the future skills required in enterprise computing.

Contact IBM

Students, educators, parents, or organizations looking to get involved in Master the Mainframe, please contact us.


IBM provides world-class IBM mainframe technology to help today's enterprises respond quickly to evolving business conditions and with extreme flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualization technologies and open industry standards, IBM mainframes help deliver competitive advantages for enterprises contributing and succeeding on a smarter planet.

Operating Systems

IBM System z servers are supported by a multitude of operating systems, such as z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z and the z/VM hypervisor.


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our System z solutions combine the foundation of IBM hardware, software and middleware with flexible financing and packaging options to help your business meet and overcome the challenges of doing business in the on demand world. IBM can help you develop a customer-centric view—and assist you in delivering the right solution and the right products.


Additional resources


View the System z Job Board

To see or post your own System z job opportunities, visit the System z Job Board


Business partners speak about the contest

"Anyone with a passion for technology – whether its big data, security, cloud or analytics – can find it working on the mainframe. No other platform delivers such an endless set of technologies and opportunities. As IBM advances the mainframe platform and CA Technologies provides the software innovation to run the mainframe, the possibilities grow exponentially."

Michael Madden,
General Manager for Mainframe
CA Technologies

"The mainframe is the bedrock of many of MetLife’s core systems. As one of the largest global life insurers we are excited to see IBM continue to develop global talent around enterprise computing. Good luck with the contest."

David Ditillo,
Vice President, Regional Application Development – Americas
MetLife Insurance

"IBM’s Master The Mainframe Contest enabled Visa to recruit students with mainframe computing skills - a critical success factor in extending the reach and capabilities of our network while at the same time enhancing the security of payments and maintaining high volume / high availability. Without the IBM Master The Mainframe Contest, perhaps we could have found students with aptitude – but participation in this program demonstrates a student’s interest in mainframe computing which, to us, translates to a wise long-term investment."

Jeff Gill,
Senior Director, Switching Systems
Visa Inc

"In a world where so many see the need to chase a fad, some things are just fundamentally correct. In the case of large scale computing, the mainframe has proven to be clearly fundamental to business. That is why BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina continues to innovate and drive our business on the mainframe and now helps lead the charge, along with IBM, in supporting the advancement of academics to address the need for growing IT talent."

Lonnie Emard,

"The Master the Mainframe Contest is a great way to get the millennial generation excited about enterprise computing. I've been following the contest for a number of years and had success hiring from the contest and System z Academic Initiative."

Martin Kennedy,
Managing Director, Global Enterprise Systems