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IBM Skills Program Reaches Record Number of Next-Generation IT Professionals

Marist College School of Computer Science & Mathematics students (from left) Paula Batoon, Dominic Rosillo and Charles Hall inspect the school's IBM LinuxONE system. Marist is one of three universities around the world that will host the IBM LinuxONE Developer Cloud, which provides developers access to a virtual IBM LinuxONE at no cost to create and test applications. IBM also is working with academic and corporate partners to host a Master the Mainframe programming contest in 47 countries this year to reach next-generation developers. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

ARMONK, N.Y. - 09 Oct 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today an expansion of its developer skills training program that will reach a record number of students worldwide this year with the Master the Mainframe programming contest. In addition, for the first time, the company and academic partners will provide aspiring developers access to the world’s fastest Linux system via the cloud at no cost.

Open to secondary and university level schools around the globe, the Master the Mainframecontest will take place this year in a record 47 countries, including 18 new markets. The contest, being held in most countries October through December, asks students to complete a series of challenges from gaining a basic understanding of an enterprise operating system to coding a program that addresses a real-world IT problem. More than 13,000 students are expected to compete this year with regional winners advancing to the 2016 World Championship. 

IBM is also working with Marist CollegeSyracuse University’s School of Information Studies and Leipzig University in Germany to launch the LinuxONE Developer Cloud this fall. The new program will provide developers around the world access at no charge through the cloud to a LinuxONE system that can be used for creating and testing applications. The developer cloud will be hosted on IBM LinuxONE systems at the academic partners. The Marist LinuxONE Developer Cloud will go live in late October with Syracuse and Leipzig to follow.

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