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Building Computing Skills Through the IBM zStudent Contest

TechChannel

March 9, 2023

Last year, more than 25,000 contestants participated in the 2022 IBM zStudent Contest, designed to teach participants computing skills and help them gain an edge in the enterprise computing industry. This year’s contest centered on sustainable energy, guiding participants through challenges to collect battery parts for an electric vehicle. Students learn and use JCL, z/OS, […]

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Bridging the Generational Gap

January 22, 2021

It’s no secret that mainframes are still relevant and constantly changing to keep with the new demands for increased speed and stability. The new machines are being built smaller and are processing faster than ever before. This evolution triggers the same questions at conferences, resource planning, and even with vendors:  How can we plan for […]

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Meet the 2019 Master the Mainframe Winners

Courtney Welu

July 1, 2020

For 15 years, IBM’s Master the Mainframe competition has introduced students to the world of programming. Participants come from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds, but they all share a common desire to learn and the tenacity to persist. The 12 winners of the 2019 competition include two high school students just starting their […]

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Laticia Carrow on Community and Completing the Master the Mainframe Contest

Reg Harbeck

February 3, 2020

Reg Harbeck: Hi this is Reg Harbeck and today I'm here with Laticia Carrow who is a brand new mainframer who has basically had an amazing journey getting to the mainframe, doing the Master the Mainframe, doing an apprenticeship. Well before I tell you all about her, Laticia tell us about yourself. How did you […]

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Crossing the IBM Z Skills Gap

Adam Oxford

May 1, 2019

Hundreds of people from more than 35 cities in a dozen countries around the world came together in the biggest annual celebration of coding for IBM’s mainframe platform—Legends of Z. The event, held the week of Oct. 5, drew participants from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Sacramento, California, and challenged young developers to be creative as they […]

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A Closer Look at the 2018 Master the Mainframe Winners

Adam Oxford

May 1, 2019

For a decade and a half, students from around the world have been taking part in IBM’s annual Master the Mainframe competition. Designed as an introduction to the world of z/OS programming, the contest requires no prior knowledge or skills, and leads participants from their first taste of the UI and the concepts that underpin […]

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Anna McKee Makes History as the First Female Master the Mainframe Winner

Holly Eamon

September 1, 2018

University of North Texas student Anna McKee grew up in a household fluent in technology. Despite the fact that both of her parents work with mainframes, McKee didn’t consider a career in technology until her second year of junior college. She was struggling to pick a focus of study, considering professions ranging from music to […]

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Sebastian Wind on His 2017 Master the Mainframe Victory and His Personal z9 Mainframe

Reg Harbeck

June 1, 2018

Reg Harbeck: Hi. I'm Reg Harbeck and today I'm here with Sebastian Wind who is in Munich in Germany. Sebastian is a winner of the Master the Mainframe contest and he has his own personal mainframe. He is working for a financial company and he is basically an up and coming brand new mainframer. Well […]

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From Military to Mainframe

Holly Eamon

June 1, 2017

Working as a z/OS* systems programmer on an infrastructure team is not quite the role Torrie McLaughlin once envisioned for her career. But both the job and the journey that led her to it are rewarding. “I get a big kick out of knowing that the system I work on every day is the backbone […]