Kenya, SA students win IBM Master the Mainframe Africa competition

Kenya, SA students win IBM Master the Mainframe Africa competition

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Four students from Kenya and South Africa have been chosen as the overall winners of the African leg of IBM’s Master the Mainframe contest that has students take charge of world-class zEnterprise computing platforms and showcase their talents while learning sought-after enterprise computing skills.

HumanIPO reported in January IBM had announced the launch of the Master the Mainframe competition in Nairobi.

Kenyans Raphael Kiminya from Strathmore University and Margaret Adhiambo Ondeng from Kenyatta University, along with South Africans Johannes Siecker from FNB Hogan Academy and Rijnard van Tonder from Stellenbosch University will now join 43 other students in New York in April for the global finals of the competition.

Held for the first time in Africa, the competition attracted over 250 entries from both Kenya and South Africa, while 20,000 entered globally.

“We are impressed by the unprecedented amount of interest in this competition from students in both Kenya and South Africa which speaks to the growing innovative culture in the continent. These students will now have the opportunity to test their skills on the global stage and compete with their peers as well as identify potential employment opportunities in the mainframe segment,” said Andy Hoiles of the IBM Server Solutions sales division.

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