PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 20, 2014 – Thomson Reuters EndNote, the industry’s leading software for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references, today announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to expand its efforts to enable scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts.
Since its launch in 2010, more than 30 Science Hack Days have been held in over a dozen countries. The events are designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to explore new scientific concepts and develop solutions or “hacks.” During each event, groups compete in a friendly competition to build the best prototype based on a concept of their choice within 24 consecutive hours.
Science Hack Days are fueled by the work of volunteers and in the past have been primarily funded by regional sponsorships and donations. As the first global sponsor, EndNote will help the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities.
“Science Hack Day is inherently about mashing up ideas, mediums, industries and people to create spark for future ideas, collaborations and inspirations. Particle physicists team up with designers, marketers join forces with open source rocket scientists, writers collaborate with molecular biologists and developers partner with school kids,” said Science Hack Day Global Director Ariel Waldman. “Science should be disruptively accessible. Science Hack Day empowers people from a variety of backgrounds to explore, participate in and build new ways of interacting with and contributing to science.”
There are currently six Science Hack Days planned for the remainder of 2014:
- Medellín, Colombia, May 30 – June 1, 2014
- New York City, USA, May 31 – June 1, 2014
- Kerkrade, Netherlands, June 21 – 22, 2014
- Antananarivo, Madagascar, August 9 – 10, 2014
- San Francisco, USA, October 4 – 5, 2014
- Berlin, Germany, October 24 – 26, 2014
“We are pleased to partner with such a fun and energetic event that’s designed to nurture imagination and inspire creativity. We work with intelligent information on a daily basis and see what kinds of astonishing things can happen when people from varied disciplines are able to collaborate, brainstorm and build,” said Amanda Addis, general manager, Thomson Reuters EndNote. “We’re especially pleased that the event isn’t just limited to scientists or scientific professionals, but open to anyone who has a genuine sense of passion and curiosity.”
Anyone can organize a Science Hack Day in their city. Details are available on the organization’s website, http://sciencehackday.org. Follow Science Hack Day on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sciencehackday.
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