Master the Mainframe 2012 Competition

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In the fall semester of 2012, IBM is running its eighth annual Master the Mainframe Contest for college and university students across the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec). High school students are also encouraged to compete!

No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit.

Prizes! The prizes up for grabs in the 2012 Master The Mainframe Contest include:

Experience! Today's mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts. This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry. Participation in the Master the Mainframe Contest could give you the edge you need. To help employers connect with the best mainframe students, contestants are encouraged to check out the jobs posted on the new System z job board at

Registration begins: 04 September 2012 Contest runs: 01 October - 28 December 2012

To compete, students must have an educator at their institution enrolled in the IBM Academic Initiative. Students, ask your educator to follow the instructions on the Educators tab; enrollment takes only about 10 minutes. By enrolling, your educator will gain access to IBM products and resources at no charge.

Pace University students can use Prof. Lixin Tao as their sponsor, and enter hist email address under the Educators tab. You can find rich resources preparing you for this contest at

Success Story. Jay Thomas has been interested in IBM mainframes since they were recommended by Dr. Lixin Tao at Pace University for him to complete in Master the Mainframe. He was a 2010 Master the Mainframe winner and an honourable mention in 2011. In his professional life Jay spends a lot of time with DB2 as an network operations analyst for TDS Telecom in Madison, WI. He is also a graduate student at Pace University studying Information Assurance. Jay's team was invited to present at Innovate 2012.

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