31 December 2019 (11:59 pm ET).





IBM Master the Mainframe contest

This unique, virtual contest is open globally to high school and college students that are interested in gaining skills in a real-world, enterprise computing environment. Through the program, you can win amazing prizes, while developing critical skills that are in hot demand by the world’s largest and most respected companies.

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The Master the Mainframe Learning System is available year-round to anyone wanting to learn and earn IBM Digital Badges. From September through December, Master the Mainframe is a three-part learning journey.

How Does it work?

Part 1: Learn the Basics

Meet the platform used by top companies around the world to run their most business critical applications.  Learn how to access a user interface, the basic concepts of mainframe programming, and the fundamentals of what differentiates the mainframe from other platforms. IBM will provide step by step instructions to complete the challenges and set you up for success in Part 2.

Part 2: Practice

Continue your mainframe skills journey learning how to program with languages such as JAVA, C, COBOL and REXX. Learn JCL and assembly language to navigate the mainframe environment using advanced commands, system security tools and system navigation tools.  Earn the Part 2 IBM Digital Badge to showcase your new skills to employers around the world.

Part 3: Real World Challenge

Dive even deeper into the mainframe using real life scenarios encountered by experienced systems programmers. Data Analytics, creative problem solving and knowledge gained in Part 1 and Part 2 challenges will help build out the final challenges. Part 3 will put contestants to the test and identify those with the most drive and determination to Master the Mainframe.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Computer Science.
  • Software.
  • Programming.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Competition Ends at 11:59 pm ET, December 31st, 2019.

There is no set time for each of the parts. You can complete the parts at your own pace, as long as you finish Part 3 by December 31 you are eligible for the Grand Prize.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Anyone who is 13+ years old, and 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.
  • The family member of the employees of IBM or any of its Master the Mainframe competition’s partner is ineligible to participate.
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Opportunity Cost


Part 1 “Learn the Basics” Finishers: 

  • $1 per every person who finishes part one will be donated to a charitable organization.

Part 2 “Practice” Finishers: 

  • Exclusive access to IBM Z Career Marketplace Community
  • Earn industry recognized digital badge

Part 2 “Practice” Winners: 

  • $100 gift card to first 100 to complete.

Part 3 “Real World Challenge” Finisher: 

  • Master the Mainframe Part 3 Finisher t-shirt.
  • Earn Industry recognized digital badge.

Part 3 “Real World Challenge” Winners: 

  • $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 prize.

How to Apply

First Step: Register for Master the Mainframe 2019 from here 

Second Step: Click on ”Finish Your Registration”.

Third Step: You’ll receive further information via email within 1 day.

Fourth step: Follow the information, and submit your participation.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Mariam Mohamed Kamal/ Egypt
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