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IBM - What the Hack is the Mainframe?

Localhost IBM 1: What the Hack is the Mainframe?

Thursday May 21, 2020
4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Participants in this workshop will learn about IBM Z, the enterprise platform for high volume workloads and full-data encryption. They’ll log into a live system, explore the environment, and process data.

Powered by IBM Z

IBM Z is the powerful enterprise computing platform that 71% of Fortune 500 companies depend on for their success. In addition to z/OS, IBM Z runs Linux, runs Docker containers, and plays well with other open solutions.

Hands-on mainframe experience

Participants will be logging into a live mainframe and performing tasks designed to build real-world skills. This hands-on experience will set participants up with the educational foundation needed to excel on this platform built specifically for business.

Operating on z/OS

This workshop focuses on z/OS, an operating system favored by businesses with high requirements for availability, accuracy, and security. z/OS is the home of enterprise software, including CICS, which serves up 30 billion transactions a day.

Requirements / Prerequisites

Participants will need to get connected to a system and install software needed to complete the challenges.

Required Access:
- Pre-register for the Master the Mainframe 2020 Contest.

Required Software:
- 3270 Emulator (ex: tn3270) – Used to access system
(System Requirements and no prior mainframe experience fine as is)

Who can attend?

Locations have different requirements for who can attend. This location is open to the following:


First 20 mins: Introductions, ice breaker
1.5 hours of guiding participants through building a project
30 minutes of wrap up, answering questions

Links & Resources

Workshop Zoom Link

The workshop is hosted digitally on this Zoom link that is unlocked once you check in.

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Participant Slides - What the Hack is the Mainframe

These are the slides to share with the event attendees. They are available on the registration page after they are checked in.

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Hosted by

Kathyleen O'Leary and Emily Akers
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