The company has announced a first-ever IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship competition that is encouraging the best university students from around the world who have won regional IBM Master the Mainframe Contests.
Mugdha Kadam from the University of Florida, Elton Cheng from the University of California San Diego, and Rudolfs Dambis from the University of Nevada Las Vegas are the three students representing the United States.
About 20,000 students participated in country-level Master the Mainframe Contests over the last three years. Out of these, the top 44 students from 22 nations have been invited to participate in this global event.
The invitees will spend this entire month studying the Systems of Engagement concept and then deploy Systems of Record mainframe business applications written with Java and COBOL using DB2 for z/OS API's.
Come April 7 and these students will get a chance to showcase their applications in front of a panel of judges who will decide the winner.
“The Master the Mainframe Contest is a great way to get the millennial generation excited about enterprise computing,” said Martin Kennedy, managing director, global enterprise systems, Citi. “I envision a World Championship such as this generating momentum in academia and making educators take a second look at the mainframe in enterprise computing.”
Details of the contest are available at the Mainframe World Championship website.
IBM's Master the Mainframe Contest first took place in 2005 and since then it has helped students to showcase their talents as well as learn sought-after computing skills.
IBM has also completed the acquisition of a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider Cloudant, Inc.
This acquisition will strengthen IBM's cloud computing offerings as it provides developers with the resources to build, test, deploy and scale cloud apps on a range of hosting layers.