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Master the Mainframe

Master the Mainframe IBM 2021

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Master the Mainframe by IBM is a fun way to get hands-on experience across a variety of technologies, to develop valuable skills, and to earn digital badges – with no prior knowledge required. The Student Contest and the Learning System are available worldwide.

  • Part 1: Learn the basics of navigation, files, and programs.
  • Part 2: Practice programming languages, operating systems, and technologies.
  • Part 3: Participate in real-world challenges.

The mainframe platform enables you to work on networking, analytics, databases, deep programming languages, and APIs — the full 360 degrees of IT. It started as a contest and has grown into a community of participants, employers, and fans collaborating on new skills and career development.



  • Gain the unique skills required for enterprise systems.
  • Learn how to code and build innovations using the mainframe.
  • Earn Digital Badges.
  • Find employment opportunities.


  • Take advantage of a graded, turnkey, hands-on project that is easily incorporated into curriculums
  • Get additional educator resources—including curricula, access to systems, e-learning, and more– through the IBM Z Academic Initiative.


  • Connect with talented students who have earned Master the Mainframe Digital Badges using
  • Talent Match and the job board.
  • Upskill and reskill your employees using the Learning System to introduce the mainframe.

Other Details

  • Learning System: Anyone can register to use the Learning System and earn IBM Digital Badges. Take on the same challenges, but no prizes are awarded. The system is open year-round.
  • The Student Contest: Students attending any accredited institution can register for the global virtual contest, compete for prizes, and earn badges. The contest is open from September 14, 2020, through January 17, 2021.

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Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline17 January,2021
Open toAll



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