A Master the Mainframe Meetup

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

Activity Kit

2018 Legends of Z - If your Meetup is between Oct 5 to 14, 2018, you will be a part of our worldwide code week called Legends of Z. Remember that you can do a Master the Mainframe Meetup any time of year, not just during Legends of Z week. This kit allows volunteers to use The Master the Mainframe Learning System to enable anyone, not just students, experience all of the same fun and challenge all year round.


  • 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?

  • The Master the Mainframe Learning System 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. Participants can register for the Learning System at ibm.biz/masterthemainframe
  • Optionally, students participating from September to December may choose to register through masterthemainframe.com so they are eligible for prizes.
  • 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


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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What it takes

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