The year 2020 marked the 16th annual Master the Mainframe (now IBM Z Xplore) competition. IBM reported that there were more than 25,000 registered learners from 129 countries around the globe. Students built enterprise computing, z/OS administration, and coding skills through the competition, earning industry-recognized digital badges and an opportunity to win prizes and scholarships, according to IBM. Hartanto Ario Widjaya from Singapore Management University was one of the 2020 winners who completed all three levels, plus a final “Grand Challenge.” He shared his experience, passions, and advice for other students with SHARE'd Intelligence.
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