The Master the Mainframe Contest 2012 is now closed.
Part 1: Breaking the ice
Approximate time to completion: About one hour
Welcome to the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest! The object of this part of the contest is to get you acquainted with the mainframe interface as well as with some basic user commands. The downloadable instructions provided below will lead you through exactly what you need to do to successfully complete Part 1 of the contest. The faster you complete this section, the better your chances of winning.
The first 250 contestants to complete this section will win a Master the Mainframe Contest T-shirt.
Part 2: Practical experience
Approximate time to completion: About six to eight hours
You must complete Part 1 of the contest before beginning Part 2. The object of this part of the contest is to get you acquainted with some of the more practical aspects of systems programming and application development on the mainframe. These challenges are modelled after tasks that are commonly performed in z/OS shops.
The instructions are not nearly as detailed for this part of the contest. You might have to use some additional resources, along with your newly acquired mainframe expertise, to complete the challenges.
The first 25 contestants to complete this section 100% correctly will each win a Kindle eBook Reader and a certificate from IBM. Also, students who complete Part 2 100% correctly will be invited to upload their resumes in the IBM Student Opportunity System database, a popular recruiting tool accessible to all IBM clients and Business Partners.
Part 3: Real world challenge
Approximate time to completion: Ten to twelve hours
You must complete Parts 1 and 2 of the contest before beginning Part 3. After completing Parts 1 and 2, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Part 3 signup" to be registered as a Part 3 contestant. Please do not send this email before completing Parts 1 and 2.
Once notified of your intent to compete in Part 3, IBM will send you an email within five business days with further instructions for accessing the Part 3 challenges.
Part 3 is set up as a series of increasingly difficult challenges. IBM does not necessarily expect contestants to complete every challenge. The object of this part of the contest is to get you involved much deeper with the workings of the z/OS mainframe system. You will be tackling issues that occur in real-world IT shops.
There are up to 5 Apple iPads available for prizes for this round. Part 3 of the contest ends on July 31, 2012 midnight (GMT+1).