CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Tuesday, August 8, over 60 students from 16 colleges and universities from around the U.S. participated in Student Career Day in conjunction with SHARE® Providence. Student Career Day featured a competitive Hackathon, educational sessions, access to technology partners and the opportunity to connect with industry professionals.
During the Master the Mainframe Hackathon, students collaborated, competed and connected with IBM and Rocket Software experts to learn new skills and discover the power of z Systems in Application Development. Participants earned points toward prizes for each section completed, including an Oculus Rift, Raspberry Pi and a swag pack. Outreach and technical assistance for the hackathon was provided by LEAD-IT.
Three winners were selected, in order of placement: Jonny Lazarte, Bergen Community College, Akeem Brooks, North Carolina A&T and Dan Snyder, New Brunswick.
“There is no doubt that the next generation of skilled mainframe professionals are here today, says Andy Youniss, CEO of Rocket Software. “Events like this are proof of that. Rocket is proud to have sponsored this Student Career Day and to have spread the word about the great jobs in and around mainframes that are available. I was excited to see so many students not only coding, but also meeting and interacting with mainframe experts to learn more about career opportunities.”
When the students were asked about their Student Career Day experience, one participant, Alan Eliscu from Bergen Community College, commented, “The opportunity for students to compete in the hackathon, to appreciate the potential of mainframe technology and the chance to attend [my} first professional conference,” was invaluable.
SHARE hosted its first Hackathon competition in collaboration with IBM and Rocket Software at its SHARE Atlanta event in the summer of 2016.
About SHARE Inc.
SHARE® is an independent, volunteer-run information technology association that provides education, professional networking and industry influence. Since 1955, SHARE has enabled IT professionals to achieve business results through a combination of credible, relevant programs and peer opportunities.
Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship, and Diversity in Information Technology is an initiative by leading enterprise IT organizations to provide an alternate pathway into mainframe IT careers, outside of traditional four-year degree programs. LEAD-IT is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor contract, and led by North Carolina A&T University, SHARE, IBM and other leaders in enterprise IT.