Developers compete to build a cool front end for the power of a mainframe engine using blockchain, machine learning, and open source cloud native Docker workloads. Plus, IBM puts the mainframe behind total encryption of network data to make the information worthless to hackers.

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Developers compete to build a cool front end for the power of a mainframe engine using blockchain, machine learning, and open source cloud native Docker workloads. Plus, IBM puts the mainframe behind total encryption of network data to make the information worthless to hackers.

Ready, set … Hack the Frame

In partnership with AngelHack, a large and diverse hacker community, IBM is hosting a white-label contest to bring together talented developers from across the world to compete to unleash the power of the mainframe, so if you’re a developer who’s excited about new technology and you want to extend your mainframe creds and skills, come design and build a flashy front end for a powerful mainframe engine.

For the contest, which started July 17, you can participate in four different ways:

  1. You can share your ideas and concepts for the hackathon, incorporating an IBM technology
    It starts in August with completed ideas submitted by September and the first place prize for this category is $2,000 USD
  2. You can use a tool from one of the technology categories to create a solution
    It starts in September with completed projects submitted by October and the first place prize for this category is $5,000 USD
  3. You can use several of the tools to create a solution
    It starts in October with completed projects submitted by November and the first place prize for this category is $15,500 USD plus a $2,500 travel stipend to come to Las Vegas for IBM think 2018
  4. You can enter one or more than one of the contests

The three technology areas are blockchain and Hyperledger Composer, IBM Machine Learning and API Connect, and open source cloud native workloads and Docker.

Sharpen your front-end app-design skills and join in the fun.


Developers, get your ideas ready to go in the Unchain the Frame hackathon.

All network data encrypted, all of the time

Only about four percent of the nine billion data records hacked since 2013 were encrypted and that’s because encrypted data is difficult to process. But IBM has a plan to encrypt every level of a network, from the applications to the local databases and cloud services, and the plan involves the IBM Z mainframe.

The mainframe setup – which can handle up to 13 gigabytes of data per second – keeps the data encrypted except when it is being processed. That’s about a 400 percent increase in cryptographic capability. It also reduces the number of administrators who can access raw, readable data.

Using a mainframe to encrypt network data is a good example of how developers can use the power of the mainframe to boost the capabilities of apps and networks. Learn more about IBM System z.

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