Another reason to skip class

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College students don’t need another activity to distract them from their studies, but the mainframe team is providing one. More than 700 students pulled themselves away from curricula to participate in the first contest to experience the big iron.

Sadly, the grand prize was not a new mainframe for the dorm room. Some won iPods -- not the same level of scalability, but to be fair, they do store a lot of MP3s.

The contest experience offered absolutely no contribution to their GPA, but a few students got jobs with IBM, so who cares. One freshman landed a mainframe internship with a big financial services corporation. Five students won a trip to Poughkeepsie (not the top prize) and a lunch and hiking trip at nearby Mohonk Mountain House. And perhaps most inspiring, many of the students wrote a haiku about the mainframe, which was covered by BusinessWeek.

Registration opens this week for students in the US and Canada, and later this year in the UK.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to go back to college, this could be it. Or, if you know a college student who would be interested, please forward the link.

by Timothy Sipples September 7, 2006 in Contest
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