IBM zStudent Contest

25323 Registered Allowed team size: 1
25323 Registered Allowed team size: 1

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starts on:
Sep 14, 2022, 04:00 AM ()
ends on:
Jan 01, 2023, 04:59 AM ()


Here are the Winners!

HackerEarth brings you IBM zStudent Contest, sponsored by IBM Z Xplore, a thrilling coding contest centered around sustainable energy that will teach you computing skills used to power some of today’s largest enterprise companies. Along the way, you will learn JCL, z/OS, SQL, COBOL, Python, APIs, Unix and more.

Your Mission:

Progress through six successive challenges ("drops") to find and collect the most sustainable fuel cells to charge your zMobile car. You will be given progressive coding challenges to help you build your final submission project leave the digital city in a green way!

*Note: This is a solo contest, there are no teams. You will complete the contest on your own.*

*The contest will be found on the [IBM Z Xplore Learning Platform][1]{:target='_blank'}*

Drop One Reveal

Learn how to begin the contest with learning tips and tricks on Drop One: [Drop One Reveal][2]{:target='_blank'}


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IBM is a longstanding leader in environmental sustainability and the IBM z16 was designed to make a powerful improvement in sustainability intentional and by design. The features on the z16 enable a smaller energy footprint by reducing costs in every aspect. The zSystems machine performances reduce overall system power consumption, require less floor space and reduce CO2 emissions compared to an x86 server.

To go along with the zSystems machines sustainability, this contest is focused on using your skills on IBM zSystems to meet the sustainability goal of identifying, locating and acquiring the components of a fuel cell to power your zMobile.

Skills for the Contest

Earning the IBM Z Xplore Concepts Badge will set contestants up to be successful for the contest and collect the fuel cells parts in the most sustainable way.

Through completion of Fundamentals and Concepts levels (how you earn the Concepts Badge), contestants will have skills in:

  • VS Code
  • JCL
  • Files and Members
  • Unix System Services (USS)
  • REXX
  • Python

Additional skills that will set a contestant apart and help place them as a contest finalist are:

  • Databases
  • APIs
  • Programming Interfaces
  • Coordinating tasks and services across a hybrid environment

If you do not have these skills yet, take the time to do your research. It is okay to not know everything while completing the contest. Part of the challenge of the contest is to use your resources.

Prizes USD 10,500 in prizes


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Swag Box

The first 300 participants to submit their project in Drop 6 will earn a Contest Swag box

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Prize Money

Please note taxes are not included

Main Prizes
Grand Prize - Global Winners (3)
USD 1,500 each
Regional Prize - Regional Winners (6)
USD 1,000 each

One winner per region:

  1. Asia Pacific
  2. Middle East and Africa
  3. Europe
  4. Latin America
  5. North America
  6. India
Excludes Global Winners

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