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Enter the IBM Enterprise Systems Contest

Oct 18 2012

NYIT-IBM partnership leaders (from left to right): NYIT Profs. Yoshikazu Saito, Frank Lee, Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, and Dean Nada Anid; IBM: Mark Hanny, Don Resnik, and Michael Todd.

NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences has joined forces with IBM in a new partnership to offer students and faculty members a number of joint activities, including a new program in enterprise engineering. To kick off the partnership, the school invites all students to participate in IBM's Eighth Annual Master the Mainframe Contest through Friday, Dec. 28.

No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience—all you need is drive and a competitive spirit. Contestants will receive more details via email after registering. Good luck!

Register for the contest.

Students may participate in up to three levels of competition:

Part 1: Breaking the Ice
IBM will provide extensive screenshots and direction to guide students in what exactly they need to do. This part of the contest is meant to make students comfortable with navigating a mainframe user interface and introduces them to basic mainframe concepts. The first 2,500 students to complete this section 100 percent correctly will receive custom Master the Mainframe t-shirts.

Part 2: Practical Experience
This section requires considerably more work from contestants. Using the skills they learned in part 1, students will perform extensive systems programming (i.e., advanced commands, system setup, and advanced system navigation) and application developing tasks (i.e., C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler, and REXX). The first 60 students to successfully complete this section 100 percent correctly will receive an IBM prize pack with custom gear, including:

  • A hoodie sweatshirt that serves as a wearable trophy.
  • An 8GB USB memory stick to carry around all the data sets you FTP-ed off the mainframe.
  • An aluminum sports bottle to keep you hydrated while you mainframe.
  • A messenger bag to hold all your devices that connect to the mainframe.
  • A stress-relief ball to help you through those hard times when you don't have mainframe access.
  • An IBM hardbound notebook and pen to jot down your mainframe-related musings.
  • A static-cling decal to show the driver behind you how hard you mainframe.

Part 3: Real-World Challenge
This section is the most difficult and will require extensive work from participating students for weeks and months. The tasks in part 3 are taken from real-life situations encountered by experienced systems programmers, along with challenges designed to identify contestants with the most drive and determination. The five students who most accurately complete part 3 will get a 32GB Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Android-based tablet computer with Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, the top three winners will receive a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to IBM's mainframe lab in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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