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IBM Sponsors Mainframe Mobile App Throwdown 2014


To showcase the business and technology innovation that clients are developing on the System z* platform, IBM is sponsoring the Mainframe Mobile App Throwdown 2014. The contest is designed to celebrate client-generated creativity and provide recognition of best practices.

IBM mainframe clients worldwide can submit their entry through Sept. 17. The top six finalists will win an Apple iPad and a complimentary pass to the Enterprise2014 Executive Summit event in Las Vegas on Oct. 6 and 7. First-, second- and third-place winners, announced at the event, will each receive IBM mobile solution design assistance to convert their idea into reality.

Here’s how the throwdown works:

  1. Clients identify a use case where mobilizing an existing application on System z could add value to their business.
  2. Clients form a team or individual to develop a proof of concept and register to participate in the throwdown. IBM provides how-to guides and access to a zMobile Expert to help teams get started.
  3. Enter the contest by submitting before/after screenshots and a summary presentation by Sept. 17. Note that access to the code and intellectual property is not necessary to win.

A panel of mobile experts will judge the entries and the winners will receive IBM technical assistance to help turn their proof of concept into a full-fledged app for their business. For more information, visit Additional questions may also be emailed to Anna Bridgen, market enablement manager for zAIM Solutions, at

Evelyn Hoover is the content director of IBM Systems magazine. She can be reached at

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