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Announcing the 2018 Master the Mainframe Winners

By Destination Z posted Mon December 23, 2019 03:39 PM


The Master the Mainframe competition, powered by AngelHack and sponsored by the IBM Z* Academic Initiative, is one of the largest global student competitions designed to teach students how to code and build new innovations on the mainframe.


The contest is divided into three parts. Part 1 is geared toward mainframe novices and includes basic concepts on connection and navigation, general ISPF functions, and JCL. Part 2 changes from year to year, but can include anything from new programming languages, RACF* security, database administration and manipulation, advanced ISPF functions, and so much more. Part 3 also changes from year to year and revolves around a real-world challenge that many mainframe shops could face. Students must think like a data scientist, a data analyst and many other mainframe career roles to succeed to win one of the top spots.

The 2018 Master the Mainframe Winners

The winners of the 2018 Master the Mainframe contest were announced at Think 2019 in San Francisco. The following 12 winners shined above all 18,000 students registered from over 120 countries with their most innovative applications:

  • Murilo Branquinho de Andrade Pintor, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Latin America
  • Soumyadeep Bhattacharjee, University of Stuttgart, Europe
  • Matthew Bowen, Columbus State University, North America
  • Diego de Franco Matos, FATEC, Latin America
  • Anna McKee, University of North Texas, North America
  • Yuto Isogami, Waseda University, Japan
  • Abhinav Prakash Singh, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Asia Pacific
  • Apurv Shrikant Todkar, VIT, Vellore, Asia Pacific
  • Simona Saitta, Polytechnic University of Turn, Europe
  • Ryoya Sotokawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Abdullah Zafar, NUST, Middle East and Africa
  • Brian Zhou, Université M'hamed Bougra De Bourmedes, Middle East and Africa

Many IT organizations are impacted by the growing skills gap as experts reach retirement age. This problem is particularly relevant on the mainframe. But as a contest designed to build skills around IT infrastructure and operations, Master the Mainframe is contributing to closing this gap.

To learn more about the Master the Mainframe contest, read “Mastering the Mainframe in the Era of Trust and Security” by Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Z and LinuxONE*, and Kristen Scheven, CMO, AngelHack.

Looking Ahead

IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z will be creating a web exclusive that will take a closer look at some of the 2018 Master the Mainframe winners, including how their mainframe journey started and what inspired them to compete. Look for this article in late May at

Look for this article in July