A Master the Mainframe Meetup

Anyone can learn about large scale, enterprise systems with this hands-on activity that assumes no prior knowledge.

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We have partnered with Major League Hacking to support anyone wishing to host a Master the Mainframe event. https://localhost.mlh.io/activities/ibm-what-the-hack-is-the-mainframe/


  • Ages 13-19 (Secondary/high school students)
  • University
  • Adults
  • Good for organizations of all types - high schools, community colleges, universities, Girl or Boy Scouts, public libraries, computing clubs and more.

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Provide volunteers with the tools they need to help a group of students go through Master the Mainframe contest together.
  • Create an event that enables participants a fun environment in which to learn about the mainframe and ensure mutual success with the challenges.

Why is this topic important?

Industry relies on the mainframe for their speed, reliability, scalability, and unmatched security. Mainframes are critical to the success of a wide range of industries for high-speed cloud computing, real-time analytics, and more, just look at the numbers!

  • 80% of the world’s data
  • 44 out of the top 50 worldwide banks
  • 10 out of the top 10 insurers
  • 18 out of the top 25 retailers
  • 90% of the largest airlines
  • 87% of all credit card transactions ($7.7 trillion per year)

What do I need to know about this activity?

  • Major League Hacking will make sure you know what to do to host an event. They will give you all the resources you need, even giveaways to hand out to your participants.
  • Register with Major League Hacking at https://localhost.mlh.io/activities/ibm-what-the-hack-is-the-mainframe/
  • Master the Mainframe workshop is available all year round and is a great way for anyone to learn about mainframe technology, gain valuable skills and earn industry-recognized badges.
  • If you host your event between September and December, the students participating will be eligible to win prizes through the Master the Mainframe contest.
  • Volunteer Badge: You as the volunteer can earn an IBM issued Open Badge called Master the Mainframe Meetup Facilitator with this kit. See below for details about earning this badge.
  • This activity can be done in a classroom, an after-school program or basically anywhere there is a good WIFI connection.
  • This is a bring your own device activity; unless there is access to computers.
  • Volunteers should enjoy working in groups, and have presentation and facilitation skills.
  • The event itself usually lasts 2 hours. Organizers should go through the challenges themselves through at least Part 2 and will earn a badge for completion. You’ll also need to organize the logistics, so estimate about 10 hours to prepare.
  • All required downloadable components are available during the preparation time.
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

Activity resources

Volunteer badges

Master the Mainframe Facilitator Digital Badge

Master the Mainframe Facilitator Digital Badge

Badge Description
Through coordination of a Master the Mainframe meetup, this badge earner has shown their leadership in bringing mainframe to the next generation. The individual has demonstrated their knowledge of IBM Z by sharing their experience and ability to innovate on the mainframe to solve real life situations to participants throughout the meetup.

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