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Master the Mainframe World Championship leaders for week of March 24th announced!
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By Mike Todd, IBM Academic Initiative System z
It has been another busy week for the 43 students from 6 continents who are competing in the remote challenges of the IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship. From March 10 - April 4, these students are logging into an IBM zEnterprise EC12 system from their home countries, completing a series of difficult technical challenges. They'll soon pack their bags and head to New York City for the finale, where their work will be judged by an all-star panel of experts from industry and academia (you can see profiles of the judges on the "Meet the judges" section on the championship homepage).
The final results of the Master the Mainframe World Championship will be revealed on April 8 at the Mainframe50 event in New York City, where Pat Toole, General Manager System z, will crown the winners. Be sure to tune in to the livestream!
We've had a lot of movement in the standings since last week. After the second week of competition, the current leaders are:
Rijnard van Tonder, South Africa (up from 23rd position last week!)
Rijnard van Tonder is pursuing a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. He was drawn to the Master the Mainframe contest because of the problem solving in the context of systems - specifically involving Unix, terminal text editors and programming. In addition to coding and researching embedded device security, Rijnard also enjoys snowboarding!
Vladislav Gorbatiuk, Ukraine (maintaining his 2nd-place position from last week)
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.
Pan Yen Chang, Argentina (up from 12th position last week!)
Pan Yen Chang is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, but currently studies Computer Systems at the University of Buenos Aires. This is his second year participating in Master the Mainframe, and his favorite part about the contest is that he is able to learn different technologies related to mainframe computing, and the opportunity to solve complex real-world challenges. He also enjoys playing tennis and basketball during his free time.
You can find out more about all of the 43 students and their progress on the online leaderboard. 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.