IBM Student Mainframe Contest

First off, we want to thank everyone for participating in the Student Mainframe Contest. Since the contest went live on Monday, we've had hundreds of students logging into MVS and attempting Parts 1 and 2, and we expect many more students to try it out over the course of this semester.  The turnout has been great, and we hope that everyone who managed to find the time to get through the challenges enjoyed the experience. We are still in the process of going through the submissions to determine winners of Part 2 -- if you've already submitted your Part 2 answers, you can expect a notice soon letting you know how you've done. Is the suspense killing you?  And if you're still working on Parts 1 and 2, don't stop!  There are still prizes available, and slots open for Part 3.

If you're thinking about signing up for Part 3 of the contest, you might want to do that sooner than later. Over half of the available 75 slots for Part 3 have been accounted for. To register for Part 3, you must have completed parts 1 and 2, and sent a note to with the subject 'Part 3 signup', as described here (

Thanks to everyone who tried and it out, and to those who haven't finished yet, keep chugging away!  And for any college/university students in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who might be interested in the contest, check out our home page:

The Student Mainframe Contest Team

by Christopher Baran October 5, 2005


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