What is the Master the Mainframe contest?

The Master the Mainframe contest is promoting computer science education and mainframe skills around the world. High school and college students from over 38 countries on 6 continents compete, gaining real-world enterprise computing experience.

This competition is sponsored by the IBM z Systems Academic Initiative, which has provided mainframe training and curriculum resources to students at more than 1,000 schools in 70 countries.

More than

85,000

contestants

… and counting.

More than

85,000

contestants

… and counting.

Starting salaries for
“mainframe developers”
average $113,000, more than
double the average salary for
electrical engineering.”.

Why master a mainframe?

Are you looking to build skills for an IT career? When you join Master the Mainframe, you are taking a giant step toward achieving your goal. The world’s largest and most respected companies are actively seeking mainframe developers.

Mainframes are servers known for speed, reliability and security. They are critical to the success of a wide range of industries for high-speed cloud computing, real-time analytics and more.

The benefits to you

Educators

The contests provide tutorials, graded hands-on exercises and progressive learning and can be quickly incorporated into class assignments. Educators can join the Academic Initiative to gain access to additional curriculum and learning labs.

Students

Students who compete in the contest get unprecedented exposure to a wide variety of enterprise systems, software, and products. And potential employers can find you through the contest and job board.

Employers

The initiative and contest build enterprise computing skills — and connect employers to thousands of talented people. You can use the job board to find talent for internships and job opportunities.


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