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Think you can handle something bigger?Think you can handle something bigger?

Take the IBM Mainframe Challenge

Take the IBM Mainframe Challenge

If you've already registered and received an automated email confirming your login details, you can get started! Stages 1 and 2 ('Breaking the Ice' and 'Practical Experience') must be completed by all challengers. If successful, you will then be invited to complete Stage 3 ('Real World Challenge').

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? Register now!


Stage 1 - Breaking the ice

We'll provide everything you need, guiding and letting you know exactly what's required. It's designed to get you comfortable with navigating the mainframe user interface, as well as introducing you to some basic mainframe concepts.

First 200 (yes, 200!) students to successfully complete this stage will win a hooded sweatshirt.

Stage 2 - Practical experience

This bit's a little harder and will require more work! Using the skills you learned in Stage 1, you will complete more extensive tasks performed by System Programmers on the Mainframe.

First 25 students to successfully complete this stage will receive a Raspberry Pi with set up kit.

Stage 3 - Real world challenge

This is where we see what you're made of. Using your new-found skills you'll work on a solution based on technology within CICS, Websphere MQ and the web.

The top 3 students win a Samsung Galaxy Tab, plus a visit to IBM Hursley, Winchester.

The Challenge is currently closed.

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