IBM starts search for the “Master the Mainframe” world champion

IBM has announced that it’s expanding its Master the Mainframe Contest, with a new world championship contest to find the top mainframe whizz-kid from around the globe.

The mainframe world champion will be picked from 44 top university students, drawn from a selection of 22 countries – two of them are from the UK (Andrei-Alin Popescu and Philipp Egli from UEA and Brighton respectively).

Those 44 people have been whittled down from some 20,000 students who’ve taken part in country-specific contests over the last few years. The Master the Mainframe initiative is part of IBM’s drive to find the next-generation of mainframe experts.

The challenge will kick off at the start of next week, with the contestants working remotely and receiving training in all manner of enterprise computing skills. Students will spend March working with the Systems of Engagement concept, and will then have to deploy Systems of Record mainframe business applications.

On 7 April in New York, the winning application will be picked by judges, and the Master the Mainframe World Champion will be crowned.

If you want to track the progress of the entrants, IBM has launched a website which will show live standings from 17 March.

Martin Kennedy, managing director of global enterprise systems at Citi, enthused: “I’ve been following the contest for a number of years and have made successful hires from both IBM’s Master the Mainframe Contest as well as their System z Academic Initiative program. I envision a World Championship such as this generating momentum in academia and making educators take a second look at the mainframe in enterprise computing.”