August 28, 2021: A Hackday for Veterans

Here at Project Reclass, our passion is to serve incarcerated veterans. We believe that veterans deserve the opportunity to transition into information technology with the help of education.

Hackday is our annual event to share with you the various projects our interdisciplinary team works on to deliver education to the criminal justice space. You’ll be exposed to our research on Kubernetes and the people involved in creating our prized learning platform, ToyNet.

We invite you to join us in discussing criminal justice, veteran transitions, and scalable web technology as well as how you can get involved!

Click here to register for Hackday 2021!

Justice-Involved Veterans: 1:00-1:55 PM EDT

  • An overview of Project Reclass
  • Interactive session on criminal justice
  • Guest speakers on veterans transitioning into technology

ToyNet Development: 2:00-2:40 PM EDT

  • New ToyNet features and full-stack system designs
  • In-prison setup considerations

Kubernetes Demo: 2:45-3:25 PM EDT

  • Docker 101 & Kubernetes 101
  • Kubernetes reliability demo

ToyNet in Production: 3:30-4:00 PM EDT

  • Considerations when moving into the cloud
  • Cloud security demo on Kubernetes infrastructure

This year’s guest speakers are:

Ronald Dodge 

Director of Cyber Security at PayPal

Brendan Morin

Senior Data Scientist at Apple

Alberto Rodriguez

Director of Cyber Solutions at SIXGEN

Hackday 2020 Quotes:

I was working as a data scientist and wanted to give back in a small way by starting a program in Chicago […] A few things that really surprised me:

(1) none of my students had access to computer science at their schools (2) half of my students didn’t have access to internet or computers at home (3) half of my students didn’t have basic science teachers at their schools.

These things really rocked my perspective, and got me into doing investigations on the inequities that exist in the education system. That’s when I knew I needed to expand the programs that I was doing.

Brianne Caplan, Hackday 2020

Executive Director & Founder, Code Your Dreams
Program Director, Careers in Computer Science at UChicago

I first became interested in prison policy and criminal justice reform when I was on the faculty at West Point and we took a group of cadets to the Bard Prison Initiative which is an education program that is providing inmates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree before they return to society

[…] One thing I found so interesting in meeting taking these cadets to visit [the inmates] at two different correctional facilities in New York is how earnest they were as students. They were so dedicated to their studies and so thoughtful because the two hours of class they had every day and the coursework they were doing at night were the only reprieve they had from their day-to-day life of incarceration.

Brandon Archuleta, Hackday 2020

Strategist, Immediate Office of the Secretary of the Army
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown Center for Security Studies

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