The 2016 contest

The 2016 Master the Mainframe World Championship included 65 finalists representing 26 countries. The top 10 students competed in a final coding challenge in San Francisco, focused on real world applications with components on analytics, cloud, and mobile utilizing Spark on IBM Z. The top 3 were awarded an all access pass to the IBM Edge event in Las Vegas to present their projects.

Meet the top 3 winners

First Place

Antonio Alvarez Rodriguez

Antonio Alvarez Rodriguez
Universidad de A Coruña
Spain

Second Place

Stephen Solis-Reyes

Stephen Solis-Reyes
University of Western Ontario
Canada

Third Place

Dong Pan

Dong Pan
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
China

Meet the top 10 finalists

Antonio Alvarez Rodriguez

1.- Antonio Alvarez Rodriguez
Universidad de A Coruña
Spain

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    Antonio Alvarez Rodriguez is a student from the University of A Coruña, and is currently finishing his master degree in Computer Science. He is from Vigo, Spain, and this is his first time participating in the Master the Mainframe Contest, in fact, he had never worked with Mainframes or had any experience with them before, which was the main reason he wanted to take this challenge; to make it possible for him to learn a new world of things. He thinks every computer science student should make some contact with these systems at some point of their career... there is nothing dark with the Mainframe!

Bjoern Gernert

2.- Bjoern Gernert
TU Braunschweig
Germany

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    Björn Gernert is from Goslar, Germany and a PhD student at the University of Brunswick – Institute of Technology. He is interested in any aspect of computer networking. Currently his focus lies on 'Wireless Sensor Networks' (WSNs) and 'Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking' (DTN). Before his participation in the Master the Mainframe Contest for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 2014/15, for him, a mainframe was just a big, expensive computer - basically a thing which he was never able to touch at any way. A fried of his put his attention towards the contest and was able to take the first place. Now he is exited to be a part of the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship!

Dong Pan

3.- Dong Pan
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
China

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    Dong Pan is currently a student at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, majoring in software engineering. He is now working on his master's degree and is about to graduate. Met with mainframe was a life changing thing for him. He thinks mainframe is charming and now he has decided to develop is career in the mainframe field.

Ferenc Bokros

4.- Ferenc Bokros
Eotvos Lorand University
Hungary

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    Ferenc Bokros is currently a student at Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary, Budapest) majoring in computer science. He accidentally read about the Master the Mainframe Contest on one of his mailing lists in last November, so this was his first time to participate. He really enjoyed the challenges, because it was an amazing feeling to work on such robust systems. He was really excited when he had to work with the COBOL codes, because he had never coded in it before. The best feeling during coding? Probably when you have your bugs and, after more or less effort, you are managed to fix them.

Junlong Wang

5.- Junlong Wang
Dalian University of Technology
China

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    Junlong Wang is currently a student at Dalian University of Technology, majoring in software engineering. He is from Xunxian, Henan Province, China, and this is his fourth year competing in Master the Mainframe Contest. His favorite thing about the competition is that he is able to get experience solving complex real-world problems; while learning about mainframe computing. Now he has in-demand technical skills on his resume that are landing him job interviews.

Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen

6.- Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen
University of Stellenbosch
South Africa

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    Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen is currently a student at Stellenbosch University, majoring in computer science. He is a South African citizen, residing in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Competing in IBM's Master the Mainframe Contest was a fun, rewarding, and intellectually stimulating experience for him. "Where else does one receive hands-on experience with a multi-million dollar mainframe?" He would urge all students who like to solve complex real-world problems to take part. Not only do students gain valuable in-demand technical skills, but they distinguish themselves in today's highly competitive job market.

Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen

6.- Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen
University of Stellenbosch
South Africa

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    Lodewyk Van Der Westhuizen is currently a student at Stellenbosch University, majoring in computer science. He is a South African citizen, residing in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Competing in IBM's Master the Mainframe Contest was a fun, rewarding, and intellectually stimulating experience for him. "Where else does one receive hands-on experience with a multi-million dollar mainframe?" He would urge all students who like to solve complex real-world problems to take part. Not only do students gain valuable in-demand technical skills, but they distinguish themselves in today's highly competitive job market.

Stephen Solis-Reyes

7.- Stephen Solis-Reyes
University of Western Ontario
Canada

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    Stephen Solis-Reyes is a student at the University of Western Ontario studying Computer Science; and just finished his Bachelor's degree. He will then be going back for a Master's in September. he is from London, Ontario, Canada, and this is his first year participating in the Master the Mainframe Contest. He thinks this contest is a really fun and interesting way to get introduced to the mainframe: before this contest, he had never worked with or really thought about mainframes at all. He is now seriously considering mainframe technology as a possible career path after he graduates. He enjoys learning new programming languages (Haskell, Scala, and Rust are his current favourites), and his favourite TV show is Halt and Catch Fire.

Stijn Raes

8.- Stijn Raes
Hogeschool Gent
Belgium

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    Stijn Raes lives in Ghent, Belgium and is currently finishing his studies at HoGent to get a bachelors degree in applied computer science. When he first heard about the Master the Mainframe Contest, he thought it would be a great and fun way to enhance his mainframe skills. Winning the local contest he could only dream about, let alone being able to participate in the World championships. In his spare time, he likes to paint or explore the world on his motorbike.

Toni Pohl

9.- Toni Pohl
University of Leipzig
Germany

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    Toni Pohl is currently a student at the University of Leipzig, majoring in computer science. He is orginally from Kronach, Bavaria (Germany). The World Championship will be the third time he will be participating in a competition about mainframes. Thanks to his professor, he started solving the real-world problems the contests offered him using the mainframe. When participating the first time, he couldn’t have imagined that he would be taking place in the World Championship to represent Germany. But now the time has come to show some skills and have some fun during the competition.

Vladislav Gorbatiuk

10.- Vladislav Gorbatiuk
National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI"
Ukraine

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    Vladislav Gorbatiuk is currently a postgraduate student at National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", majoring in information technologies. He is from Kyiv, Ukraine, and this is his second time competing in the Master the Mainframe Contest. His favorite thing about the IBM mainframe computing contests is that he gains new experience while participating in them.

Meet the 65 competitors

 

See where participants are today

Recent graduate Lodewyk Westhuizen discusses his new role as a Software Developer with Rocket Software and the benefits of working with the mainframe.

 

The 2014 contest

The 2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship included 42 finalists representing 22 countries competing for honor, glory, and of course prizes. Global corporate sponsors, including Visa, Metlife, First Citizens Bank, and BB&T Bank, judged the student’s submitted results and provided real world feedback. All participants received an expense paid trip to New York City and recognition plaques. Participants who ranked in 1st, 2nd and 3rd received

Meet the top 6 winners

First Place

Yong-Siang Shih

Yong-Siang Shih National Taiwan University
Taiwan
Score: 3407

Second Place

Rijnard van Tonder

Rijnard van Tonder Stellenbosch University
South Africa
Score: 3329

Third Place

Philipp Egli

Philipp Egli University of Brighton
United Kingdom
Score: 3186

Fourth Place

Mugdha Kadam

Mugdha Kadam University of South Florida
United States
Score: 3031

Fifth Place

Shahini Sengupta

Shahini Sengupta RCC Institute of Information Technology
India
Score: 2977

Sixth Place

Aaron Call Barreiro

Aaron Call Barreiro Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Spain
Score: 2840

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