IBM Master the Mainframe Coding Competition 2020/2021

IBM Master the Mainframe Coding Competition 2020/2021: Join the IBM Master the Mainframe virtual coding competition to learn new skills, connect with employers, earn digital badges, and win cash prizes! No technical experience required.

The IBM Master the Mainframe Coding Competition 2020/2021 for Students Across the Middle East & Africa is currently ongoing. Continue reading to learn how to apply for this contest including the requirements.

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IBM Master the Mainframe Coding Competition 2020/2021.

Through three interactive Levels, you will access a mainframe and get skilled up on the foundations of Mainframe, including JCL, Ansible, Python, Unix, COBOL, REXX, all through VS Code. Round it all out with a grand challenge where you craft your own fully-equipped Mainframe creation.

Who: Any academic student that is 13+
Where: Compete from anywhere in the world virtually

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IBM Master the Mainframe 2020 Levels and Prizes.

Earn industry-recognized badges, access to an exclusive career development group, charity donations, cash prizes, t-shirts, and more!


Jump into your mainframe experience right through VS Code. You’ll get connected to the mainframe, run some commands, check out data sets, grab some system vitals, and see how mainframe virtualization delivers real world power to apps of any size.

IBM Master the Mainframe 2020 Prizes

Feed 2 Children for a Day
For every Level One finisher, a donation will be made to ShareTheMeal

How to Apply for IBM Master the Mainframe 2020

Register here for the 2020 Master the Mainframe Competition.

IBM Master the Mainframe coding competition FAQs

How Does it Work?

The Master the Mainframe Competition is comprised of three levels. Level One to help you learn the fundamentals of the mainframe, Level Two builds on the fundamentals by teaching you how to program with modern languages, and Level Three puts all your new skills to the test in a “real world” situation. Along the way, you will not only build skills, but you can also earn digital badges and great prizes.

Why Should I Compete?

Besides the awesome prizes, you can obtain unprecedented exposure to a wide variety of enterprise systems, software, and products. You can also earn an Enterprise Computing Open Badge to put on your resume or social media pages, so potential employers can easily find you. Yup, that’s right – this is one competition that can even land you a job!

Who Can Compete?

Anyone who is 13+ years old, and currently a student at a high school or university can compete — no experience is necessary. The contest teaches the skills you’ll need and the competition difficulty increases as you progress through the contest phases. For more information on eligibility please reference the PA which can be found here.

How Long Do I Have to Complete Each Level?

There is no set time for each of the parts. You can complete the parts at your own pace, as long as you finish Level 3 by January 17, 2021, you are eligible for the Grand Prize

What is the region breakdown for the Level 3 Winner’s prizes?

North America, Latin America, India South Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa, and Europe.

I am a Teacher/Educator, how can I help my students participate?

Many educators and teachers across the globe add this competition into their curriculum each year. Share the registration link with your students and have them compete in the Master the Mainframe. If you have any questions, view this informational webinar or email us at

Application Deadline: January 17th 2021.

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