IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 2022 for Students in Middle East & Africa

IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 2022 for Students in the Middle East & Africa


IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 2022: The largest student mainframe competition in the world has returned for its 14th year in a row with new prizes and new challenges for students around the world. Win prizes while gaining unique skills that will land you a career in Fortune 500 companies around the world! No experience needed!!

Application Deadline: 17th January 2022

Eligible Regions: N. America, Latin America, S. Asia, APAC, MEA, and Europe

About the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest: This unique, virtual contest is open globally to high school and college students to progressively teach mainframe skills in a real-world enterprise computing environment. Employers from around the globe use this contest to seek out potential candidates for mainframe careers.

Part 1: Learn the Basics: Meet the IBM Z mainframe and acquaint yourself with the user interfaces, the basic concepts, and data structures. IBM will provide step-by-step instructions to complete the challenges and set you up for success in Part 2. Part 2: Practice: Students will program (advanced commands, system setup, and system navigation), develop (C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler, and REXX) and experience operating systems challenges on IBM Z.

Part 3: Try Challenges: Dive deeper using real-life scenarios encountered by experienced systems programmers. Challenges will put contestants to the test and identify those with the most drive and determination to master the mainframe

Type: Contest


  • Anyone who is currently a student at the high school or university level can compete — no experience is necessary.
  • The contest teaches the skills you’ll need, and the competition difficulty increases as you progress through the contest phases.

Number of Awards: Numerous

Value of IBM Master the Mainframe Contest 2022: 

  • Part 1 “Learn the Basics” Prizes:
    • $25 gift card to 300 randomly chosen from first 2,000 completions
  • Part 2 “Practice” Prizes:
    • Cash Prizes
    • $100 gift card to first 150 to complete
    • Exclusive QTUM Computer Webinar and Q&A Invite
    • Invite to randomly chosen 25 from all those that finish Part 2 correctly
  • Part 3 “Real World Challenge” Prizes:
    • $2750 travel stipend & IBM Master the Mainframe Hoodie to the top 2 individuals from EACH region
  • Grand Prize
    • The top 3 individuals globally will receive a $1,000 USD prize pack
  • Besides the awesome prizes, you can get unprecedented exposure to a variety of systems, software, and products.
  • You can earn an Enterprise Computing Open Badge for your resume and social presences to impress potential employers. Yup, that’s right.
  • This competition can even land you a job!


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