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Master the Mainframe World Championship leaders for week of March 17th announced!
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By Mike Todd, IBM Academic Initiative System z
Earlier this month, IBM announced the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship, a global competition bringing together some of the brightest mainframe students in the world. From the 20,000+ students who have competed in the most recent regional Master the Mainframe competitions, IBM invited 43 students from 23 countries to face off in this global event.
Right now, those 43 students are logging into a zEnterprise EC12 system to complete the remote portion of the competition, which began on March 10. The World Championship culminates in New York City, where all 43 students will conclude the competition to determine who will be crowned the worldwide champion in front of a live (and Livestreamed) audience during the IBM Mainframe50 celebration on April 8.
After the first week of competition, the current leaders are:
Selvakumar Vairasamy, Canada
Selvakumar Vairasamy is a Computer Science major at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With each successful level of completion in Master the Mainframe, Selvakumar says there is still much to learn and understand about the mainframe. Selvakumar is excited to participate and learn more about coding for the mainframe during the World Championship.
Vladislav Gorbatiuk, Ukraine
Vladislav Gorbatiuk is a Flexible Computerized Systems and Robotics major at the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kyiv Polytechnic Institute) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Vladislav enjoys competing on the mainframe as it gives him a chance to gain new experiences. He is excited to be a part of the first World Championship group as it will give him an opportunity to improve his coding skills. In addition to coding Vladislav enjoys playing chess.
Ricardo Patiño, Colombia
Ricardo Patiño is a Systems Engineering student at Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. His favorite part about the IBM Master the Mainframe contest is real world problem solving. Ricardo sees issues in his city, and now thinks of ways the mainframe can enable him to solve those problems. He is excited to gain more experience in the World Championship and increase his knowledge and skills!
You can find out more about the students and their progress on the online leader board. Good luck to all of our Mainframe Masters as they show the world what they can do!
Mike Todd is the team leader for the US & Canada Master the Mainframe Contest.