• 04-MAR-2014


IBM Premieres New Master the Mainframe World Championship

IBM Engages Students With Premiere of Master the Mainframe World Championship
Regional Competitions Exceed 68,000 Students in 33 Countries

IBM today announced the expansion of its Master the Mainframe Contest to include a first-ever IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship competition. As part of IBM's ongoing commitment to develop the skills of a new generation of mainframe experts, the competition will highlight the modern capabilities of the mainframe, designed to handle today's complex Big Data, Cloud, Security and Mobile computing workloads.

The Championship is designed to assemble the best university students from around the globe, who have demonstrated superior technical skills through participation in their regional IBM Master the Mainframe Contests. Out of the 20,000 students who have engaged in country-level Master the Mainframe Contests over the last three years, the top 44 students from 22 countries have been invited to participate in the inaugural IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship. This innovative group of students will spend the month of March entrenched in the Systems of Engagement concept. They will deploy Systems of Record mainframe business applications written with Java and COBOL using DB2 for z/OS API's, demonstrating how the Systems of Engagement concept takes full advantage of the platform's superior capabilities. These students will showcase their applications on April 7, 2014 in New York City where a distinguished panel of judges will determine which student earns the distinction of "Master the Mainframe World Champion."