IBM has unveiled its Master the Mainframe competition in Kenya to allow students showcase their talent and explore future employment possibilities.
“Mainframes have always been at the center of the global economy as well as the backbone of most cities infrastructures. Today, mainframes are growing in popularity as technology evolves, demanding more open, scalable and secure solutions and platforms for cloud, mobile and big data analytics,” said Felix Orondo, Team Leader for the Master the Mainframe initiative in Kenya.
The competition, which is open to students from all Kenyan universities, has already attracted entries from students at local universities.
Contestants in the Master the Mainframe competition will gain hands-on experience with a wide array of mainframe technologies, including REXX, Java and Linux on System among many others.
As students complete each part of the contest, judges evaluate their results and reward those who move on to the next, more difficult phase. The goal of the contest is to provide students with the mainframe skills necessary to find those unique and exciting jobs.
In 2013, IBM trained over 59,000 students worldwide on the mainframe.
The contest is open to students who are currently taking at least 3 school credits.
Students and teachers can register for the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest by clicking on ibm.com/university/contes