For something different, IBM is running its tenth Master the Mainframe Contest for students age 13 and up.
From the web site:
What you need to know:
In Fall 2014, IBM is running its tenth Master the Mainframe Contest for students across the Unites States and Canada.
No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit and be ready to compete!
Frequently Asked Questions/Answers:
When is the contest?
Registration will be open from September 23rd until December 31st! The contest runs from October 6th until December 31th. Students can register and join the contest through December 31st.
Why compete in a Mainframe Contest?
The prizes up for grabs in the 2014 Master the Mainframe Contest include:
- IBM Master the Mainframe T-shirts
- IBM Master the Mainframe Prize Packs (which includes):
- Hooded Sweatshirts
- Water bottles
- Messenger Bags
- IBM Notepads
- And other cool IBM swag
- Tablet Computers
- All expense paid trip to the IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, NY
Today's mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts. This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry. Participation in the Master the Mainframe Contest could give you the edge you need.
To help employers connect with the best mainframe students, contestants are encouraged to check out the jobs posted on the System z job board at Systemzjobs.com.
Who can compete?
Anyone is who is currently a student at the high school or university level can compete (13 years of age or older) – no experience is necessary! Please click here for the official rules and regulations.