2015 IBM Master the Main Frame Contest For students Across the Middle East and Africa

image Credits : IBM

image Credits : IBM

What you need to know:

In Spring 2015, IBM is running its first Master the Mainframe Contest for students across the Middle East & Africa.

No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit and be ready to compete!

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers:

When is the contest?

Registration will be open from March 9th until May 29th! The contest runs from April 1st until May 29th. Students can register and join the contest through May 29th.

Why compete in a Mainframe Contest?

The prizes up for grabs in the 2015 Master the Mainframe Contest include:

Today’s mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts. This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry. Participation in the Master the Mainframe Contest could give you the edge you need.

To help employers connect with the best mainframe students, contestants are encouraged to check out the jobs posted on the System z job board at Systemzjobs.com.

Who can compete?
Anyone is who is currently a student can compete (16 years of age or older) – no experience is necessary! Please click here for the official rules and regulations (PDF, 544KB).

For more information on how to participate please visit the Official Website

Call For applications : Enter For the CISCO IoT Grand Challenge

Image Credits : Cisco

Image Credits : Cisco


Internet of Things (IoT) is the trend of taking previously unconnected objects – like cars, cranes, and cash registers – and connecting them to the internet in a way that they can send & transmit information that can then be acted on by the network.

The IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is a global innovation challenge open to young women between the ages of 13-18. The aim of the challenge is to recognize, promote, and reward young innovators as they come up with new uses for Internet of Things technologies.


  • Must be a student who likes to take a creative approach to projects.
  • Must be a young woman between 13-18 years old.
  • Must be able to look at the problems of today and propose how they’d solve one problem using Internet of Things technology.

DEADLINE: 18th May, 2015

To apply and for more information, visit here.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS : GIST Tech-I Competition 2015

Image Credits:  GIST Tech

Image Credits: GIST Tech

The competition, Tech-I is focused on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, aged between 18-40 years, who have either an idea or start up in the subject areas of agriculture, energy, health or information and communication technologies.


  • An all-expenses paid trip to sub-Saharan Africa in July to participate in the Finals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
  • Finalists may win up to $15,000 USD in individual funding, up to $70,000 USD in total Prize money.
  • A year membership with AAAS
  • All finalists will receive up to 3 months one-on-one mentorship with top experts in their field or subject of interest


  • Must be between 18-40 years.
  • Must have a great idea
  • Must be from a GIST eligible country.

DEADLINE: 20th March, 2015.


To apply and for more information visit here.


Call for applications : 2015 Google Code Jam

Image Credits: Google

Image Credits: Google

Google Code Jam, a top programming competition in the world, consists of intense algorithmic puzzles held over multiple online rounds culminating in an on-site final round with the top 26 contestant. Registration opens on 10th March, 2015.


  • 1st Place: $15,000 USD
  • 2nd Place: $2,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 USD
  • 4th to 26th Places: $100 USD
  • Top Scoring 1000 Contestants from Round 2: T-shirts


  • Age 13 years or older at the time of registration, but must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration to be eligible for the onsite final round, if not, you are only eligible to win a t-shirt
  • Must commit to attending all related organized events as well as the awards ceremony at the end of the contest
  • Participants must have access to internet, a valid e-mail address and must be able to communicate in English.

DEADLINE: 12th April, 2015

To apply and for more information visit here

Ideas for Action Competition



Deadline: 31 January 2015
Open to: internationals between the ages 18 and 35
Prize: participation in training and exposure of their work world wide


Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs will be more ambitious than the MDGs, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth, to social issues, to global public goods. To realize this vision, a just-as-ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed. Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation process is critical for success. The Ideas for Action (I4A) competition engages young people around the world to encourage them to develop and share their ideas for financing solutions to deliver the post-2015 development agenda.


This is a team competition. Teams must be 2 to 5 people and may consist of multiple nationalities and individuals from different schools, institutions, companies, etc. Youth between the ages 18 and 35 from around the world can participate.


Winners of the competition will be given an opportunity to influence the post-2015 financing discussions and its implementation, including:

  • Present winning proposal at the IMF/World Bank Spring and/or Annual Meetings in April and October 2015, respectively;
  • Engagement with experts from development organizations, academia, and business on finance for development post-2015;
  • Participation in a boot camp, where the winners will visit a company, organization or university to take part in specific project implementation and get hands on experience;
  • Participation in the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program and Knowledge Exchange.


You can start with your application by registering here. Your proposal should include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Title of proposal;
  • Team Name;
  • Short Abstract (200 words);
  • Explanation of problem and context: (200-400 words);
  • Explanation of Solution: (700-1,400 words);
  1. ​Why is it relevant?
  2. What is new about it?
  3. By who, what, how and when would it be implemented?
  4. What is the expected impact?
  • Are there similar examples that can be provided? If so, where and how? Please elaborate. (150-300 words);
  • What are challenges you might confront and how might they be addressed? (200-400 words);
  •  Any additional information, as you see fit.

For more information about the contest please visit the official webpage and download the contest description

Valeo Innovation Challenge: “Design the Future Car”

Credits : Valeo

Credits : Valeo

Deadline: 2 February 2015
Open to: international students
Prize: EUR 100,000


Valeo is offering young engineers worldwide the opportunity to create the equipment that will make cars more intelligent and intuitive by 2030. Comprising teams of two to five people, engineering students can take part by presenting a relevant, innovative project in English. The aim is to stimulate the students’ creativity, enabling them to form multidisciplinary teams. In this way, engineering students can join forces with students in the social sciences or any other scientific discipline that they think could be useful for their innovation project. The contest is divided in three phases:

  1. Students are invited to form teams of two to five people and submit their project by February 2, 2015;
  2. The 20 shortlisted teams will then be asked to create a mock up in the format of their choice(physical mock-up, application or other). Each team will be given €5,000 to put their idea into practice and build a functioning demonstrator. After the jury has made its decision, the 20 contending teams will receive an email announcing the contest’s results, no later than September 1, 2015. At the same time, a list of the six teams selected to present their project to the jury in Frankfurt will be announced on Valeo’s websites and on social media on September 1, 2015.
  3. From the shortlisted teams the jury will select the ultimate winners.


The contest is open to any students regardless to their nationality. The only condition for participation in this contest is that you must be in a team that contains two to five individuals.


  • First Place will receive 100,000 euros;
  • Second and Third will get 10,000 euros each.


Students you can start assembling your team and proceed with you application here.

The official webpage

Call For Applications : Clinton Global Initiative University

Credits : Clinton Global Initiative

Credits : Clinton Global Initiative


President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the eighth annual CGI U meeting from March 6-8, 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The meeting will bring together more than 1,000 student innovators and entrepreneurs to make Commitments to Action that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Funding will be available to select students to help them turn their ideas into action. 61 colleges and universities have already joined the CGI University Network, pledging to provide over $750,000 total to student attendees from member universities.

Students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to make a Commitment to Action in one of CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The final application deadline is December 1, 2014.


For more information and how to apply please visit this site 

Enjoy a Trip to Washington DC

Credits : Internet sources

Credits : Internet sources

Ideas for Action competition is sponsored by the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Centre at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in collaboration with the World Bank with the objective to leverage the inspiration of young leaders and young professionals to propose innovative ideas about financing the Post-2015 development agenda. These ideas should be grounded in existing or proposed empirical evidence with high potential for impact as well as assess the relevance, importance and challenges of the proposed financing solutions


  • Trip to Washington DC to present winning material during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meeting in April, 2015
  • Interaction with experts from development organizations, academia, and business
  • Boot Comp: a company or group of companies may bring the winners to a specific location not only to take part in specific project implementation but also learn from a local university

DEADLINE: 31st January, 2015

To enter for the competition and for more information visit here

Opportunity to Live your Dreams in the Aviation Industry

Credits :Airbus

Credits :Airbus

Here is an exciting opportunity for students passionate about aviation. Air Bus is working on a project called Fly Your Ideas and they are particularly interested in Africa as a source for new and innovative ideas.

Airbus challenges students worldwide to innovate for the future of aviation. Airbus is constantly looking for new, better ways to fly and that’s what our UNESCO-backed global competition is all about.


  • Top Prize: EURO 30,000
  • Runners up: EURO 15,000

DEADLINE: 1st December, 2014.

To register and for more information visit here

Win a Trip to Canada courtesy Waterloo-Strathmore Mobile Technology Students Competition

Registration is now open for the Waterloo-Strathmore Challenge. Strathmore University, Kenya and the University of Waterloo, Canada have partnered to bring you the 2014 Mobile technology Student Competition. The Waterloo-Strathmore challenge encourages student teams to provide brief description of the agricultural problem they believe can be alleviated by a mobile-based solution.

The theme for this 1st inaugural competition is: To address agricultural issues in sub-Saharan Africa using mobile and social networking technologies.


1st Prize: The winning team will win a fully paid trip to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada to give the winning team the opportunity to observing the Waterloo eco-system of venture creation and to meet individuals and groups that can further assist in developing their idea (subject to visa issuance).
2nd Prize: One team will be offered a chance to participate in the highly competitive Enterprise Development Program offered by the Strathmore Enterprise Development Centre. This training package is worth Kshs 480,000.
Other Prizes: Five teams will have a chance to work at the @iLabAfrica incubator at Strathmore University.


This challenge is open to all Kenyans on condition that each team has at least two students, currently registered at an East African University.
Employees, faculty and contractors of Strathmore University and the University of Waterloo are not eligible to participate and receive challenge awards.


To apply and for more information visit here