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Overview for Parents

The IBM Master the Mainframe contest is unlike any other competition on the planet. Students that participate in this competition are exposed to mainframe computing, get to meet like-minded students from around the world, and are given unique opportunities to gain a career advantage.

Benefits for participants

Master the Mainframe provides hands-on experience with mainframe computing in an unprecedented way. This contest puts its competitors in rare positions that can lead to future internships and employment opportunities. Listed below are some of the key benefits Master the Mainframe participants gain from the contest:

Master the Mainframe is a unique competition that encourages education, promotes the employment of mainframe coders, and connects a talented and diverse group of contestants from around the world.

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

2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship highlights

View the System z Job Board

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

Schools and faculty speak

"Master the Mainframe is one facet of our program that helps to excite students about enterprise computing. Since WTAMU Computer Science students have been competing for several years (with great success), new students are eager to see if they can outdo those who have gone before them. A first, a second and two third place finishes in the contest (as well as many in the top 1%) is a great legacy and motivator for our incoming students. And, recruiters are really keen on those who compete and do well."

Paul Haiduk,
Computer Science Program Coordinator
West Texas A&M University

"Master the Mainframe is by far the best tool I have seen for introducing students to System z. The exercises are step-by-step, and increasingly engaging. This is some of the finest educational material I have seen for learning complex technology."

Cameron Seay,
NC A&T State University

"The IBM Master the Mainframe contest not only excites our undergraduates and but it challenges and expands the knowledge of the working professionals in our on line z/OS classes."

Angelo Corridori,
Director of Enterprise Computing Education
Marist College

"Master the Mainframe is an effective, fun and engaging way to get students exposed to the world and opportunities of Enterprise Computing."

José A. Cruz, Ph.D.,
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

My Mainframe career begins now!

Dontrell Harris of MetLife shares his experience with IBM's Master the Mainframe contest at Mainframe50. (00:04:48)