2014 US & Canada Master the Mainframe Contest Announcement

Registration opens on September 23rd for the 2014 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, with over $35,000 in prizes up for grabs! The major focus of the contest is to introduce students to an area of the computer field that they may not have had much experience with, and which is currently in a long-term hiring phase. If you think your students might be interested in checking it out (IBM designed the contest to be NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), please forward this announcement to them.

Contest homepage: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/education/academic/masterthemainframe/index.html

Students can find the US & Canada Contest Page on September 23rd, and access the simple registration form, and they’ll find a lively community on our official contest Facebook page.

The contest begins on Monday, October 6 at noon EST, and allows students to log into a mainframe system from their home computers or computer labs to complete increasingly difficult technical challenges for bigger and bigger prizes (T-shirts, IBM swag prize packs, Google Nexus tablets, and trips). If you have any questions about the contest, you can reach the IBM Academic Initiative System z program at zskills. The contest runs through December 31st at midnight EST.

Students who complete Part 2 of the contest will be invited to send their resumes which we then send to enterprise systems employers. Interested recruiters can link up with students through these resumes. Students can also use their mainframe skills to help them apply for the jobs on our System z Job Board at systemzjobs.com.

Good luck to all students who participate!

Flyer attached.

20014 MTMF Contest.pdf

A Cybersecurity Competition For High School Students

HSCTF, an online competition which will educate high school students across the country about computer security, runs from May 18-25, 2014. Competitors in High School Capture the Flag (or HSCTF) will learn computer science skills, and use ingenuity to discover a series of increasingly hard to find “flags” encrypted, hidden, or otherwise stored somewhere difficult to access.

While HSCTF is primarily about educating students in computer security, it will also include other computer science topics such as programming, algorithm design, and programming language design. The approach is unique in that it extends the CTF model to other areas of computer science.

HSCTF is inspired by Carnegie Mellon’s enormously successful picoCTF:


To learn more, see sample problems, and sign up to receive more information about registration, visit:


For questions, contact Jacob Edelman, HSCTF Lead Founder/Organizer at:


Code Echo Challenge for Students

Here is a chance for students to use their coding skills to win big!

Summer family movie EARTH TO ECHO is hosting "Code: Echo": a Challenge for students K-12 to create a game inspired by the film. Students can download assets and get creative.

In each category there will be:
1 grand prize winner ($5,000.00 + hometown screening)
1 runner-up prize winner ($2,500.00)

Students of all ages, a team with up to 4 friends, or an entire classroom.

Entries are due May 2nd. Start coding at www.codeechomovie.com.

Asli Taylor
Relativity Media
email: codeecho

Win a Trip to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in SF

Creative and talented students age 13+ have the opportunity to attend this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for free on a WWDC 2014 Student Scholarship. Review the application requirements and get started today. developer.apple.com/wwdc/students/

WWDC 2014

NCWIT is excited to announce a collaboration with Apple to increase the participation of young women in the 2014 World Wide Developers Conference.

Please share this opportunity with your networks of students. There is a very short window to apply, so it is a bit time sensitive.

Here are some quick highlights for student scholarships:

  • Now open to students 13+, application details http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/students
  • No paid program membership required. (By contrast, regular ticket purchase is only available to current paid program members) Developers who are not already registered will be directed to register for free as an Apple Developer during submission of their scholarship application.
  • Students must create an app and submit it to be considered for the scholarship.
  • Submissions will be accepted starting Friday April 11 at 10am until Monday April 14 at 5pm

Full details and guidelines for app submission and well as terms and conditions can be found at the student pages in the links below.


International Women’s Hackathon 2014

If interested, Safia Abdalla from Northside Prep is organizing a team. You can reach her at seabdalla [at] gmail [dot] com.

April 25–27, 2014 | Worldwide on university campuses and live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC

International Women's HackathonThe International Women’s Hackathon is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today. After much success last year and many requests to hold the event again this year, we are pleased to announce that the next event is planned for the weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014, on university campuses all over the world. We will connect via Skype from our live event at theUSA Science & Engineering Festival with all worldwide sites during the hackathon.

We want to ensure that the 2014 hackathon meets the needs of university women. To that end, we enlisted the help of a group of NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology ) Aspiration in Computing Winners to help us organize the upcoming hackathon and challenges, and re-examine the rules and regulations and the toolkit. Thank you to the leads and planning committee members:


  • Halie Murray-Davis, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Jinisha Patel, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Safia Abdalla, Northside College Preparatory High School

Team members:

  • Ashika Ganesh, West Windsor Plainsboro High School North
  • Aishwarya Borkar, San Jose State University
  • Diem-Nhi Tran, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Heather Huynh, University of Georgia
  • Kylie Moden, Trinity University
  • Nishtha Oberai, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Veronica Wharton, Rochester Institute of Technology

We are excited that the following nonprofit organizations are sponsoring this year’s challenges: UN Women, Hindsight Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, and Teens Against Distracted Driving. This year, there will be a challenge focused on increasing more women in STEM fields and a challenge to stop people from texting while driving.

The event is supported by Microsoft Research, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Association for Computing Machinery Committee on Women, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering, UN Women, Hindsight Group, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Teens Against Distracted Driving, Million Women Mentors, Microsoft Bing for Schools, Microsoft Learning Experience, Microsoft Citizenship-Youth Spark, and Microsoft Skype.

Women’s Hackathon planning

Young women in computer science, electrical engineering, and informatics—as well as women student groups on universities campuses around the world—are encouraged to host local hackathons. Last year, we had 14 events in 7 countries with more than 600 young women hacking computing solutions to help human trafficking victims. Many of them contacted local hacker spaces, computing communities, developers, and women organizations for support of their local event. The event was open to women of all skill levels—from those who haven’t programmed at all to the best women programmers out there. The individual worldwide hackathons helped inspire women to learn, invent, and create the future.

To help hosts plan their hackathon, we assembled the International Women’s Hackathon Kit, which provides useful information for event hosts like checklists, suggested schedule, sample menu, activities, the challenge projects, and judging guidelines. It also includes a customizable poster and email message that organizers can use to promote individual events to local university women. Event organizers may also choose to invite high school women.

We learned from last year that many young women want to start early, so we have included training materials and will give local hackathon organizers the option to have teams formed starting as soon as this month. Teams can plan, storyboard, and determine what they want to do and how they will go about building their solution. The only caveat is that no programming is allowed until the day of the event. Teams will judge winners locally and the winner of each challenge will have their application and pitch video published on the Microsoft Research website and the US Science and Engineering Festival website. We will provide a small gift for every participant. The winning teams receive Skype gift cards.

We look forward to the possibility of hundreds of events around the world as the future women innovators help us solve some big challenges! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mic<a href=”mailto:MSRWICos<a href=”mailto:MSRWICf<a href=”mailto:MSRWICResea<a href=”mailto:MSRWICc<a href=”mailto:MSRWICdive<a href=”mailto:MSRWICsit<a href=”mailto:MSRWIC.

Doodle for Google Competition


The 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition

Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.