Master the Mainframe 2012

Master the Mainframe 2012

An Enterprise Systems Contest, US & Canada (excluding Quebec)

Can your students Master the Mainframe?

In the fall semester of 2012, IBM ran its eighth annual Master the Mainframe Contest for college, university, and high school students across the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

You can start now to get your students ready for the next contest.

How you can help

If students at your school want to compete in the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, we ask you to join the IBM Academic Initiative so that we can verify students' eligibility. The entire process takes only about 10 minutes. There is no charge to join, and there are many benefits to becoming a member:

  • Free access to IBM software, courseware, and online training
  • Discounts on conferences, IBM certifications, classroom training, and more
  • Access to a mainframe system for you and your students at no charge

Ready to join?

  1. Go to the IBM Academic Initiative membership page and follow the instructions there.
  2. When asked to specify the IBM technology that you currently use or plan to teach in your courses or research, select System z software and/or hardware.

After you join, your students can use your name as their sponsoring professor when they register for an IBM mainframe contest.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the IBM Academic Initiative, please visit the Academic Initiative support page. You can also contact Mike Todd from the IBM Academic Initiative System z team at

Thank you for your interest in the mainframe contest and good luck to your students!