ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters EndNote, the leading software for researchers, librarians and students to find, publish and manage bibliographies, citations and references, today announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to bring the first Science Hack Day to Russia. The event will be held in St. Petersburg, August 22-24 at Quiet Place, a coworking space dedicated to advancing science and technology in Russia.
Having held over 35 successful information technology (IT) hacking events since 2009, the event's organizers aim to make their first Science Hack Day a collaborative effort between IT and science enthusiasts to bridge the gap between the two fields and build actionable scientific solutions. Quiet Place, the innovative coworking space in which the event is being held, shares a mission with Science Hack Day in matching up developers, designers, scientists and other innovators to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to create inventive projects and assist start-up organizations.
"St. Petersburg is one of Russia's science and tech hubs, so for our first Science Hack Day, we look forward to blending these communities to bring about new approaches to solving scientific challenges," said Mikhail Kulakov, organizer of Science Hack Day St. Petersburg. "We also hope to call more attention to young inventors and specialists in science and tech fields."
Science Hack Day is a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation with events joining 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 event is designed to connect individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for science, to work together to develop new scientific 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 48 consecutive hours.
"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."
Science Hack Days have been primarily fueled by volunteers and regional sponsorships. As the first global sponsor, EndNote is helping 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 Days planned for the remainder of 2014;
- Eindhoven, Netherlands, August 30-31, 2014
- San Francisco, USA, October 4 - 5, 2014
- Berlin, Germany, October 24 - 26, 2014
- Mexico City, Mexico, November 8-9, 2014
"We're excited to support the inaugural Science Hack Day in Russia, and look forward to the creative hacks that emerge from St. Petersburg's prolific science and technology communities," said Amanda Addis, general manager, Thomson Reuters EndNote. "Science Hack Day is 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."
EndNote is utilized by more than 1,100 global academic institutions and R&D departments and two million scientists, researchers and students worldwide. It is committed to keeping its user community in step with the constantly evolving world of scientific research by providing advanced tools for managing and creating research effectively and efficiently. EndNote is integrated with other industry-leading sources from Thomson Reuters, including the Web of ScienceSM and ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM peer-review systems and company research management and profiling tools.
Learn more about Science Hack Day and EndNote. Follow EndNote on Twitter for updates on Science Hack Day, including interviews with the winners: https://twitter.com/EndNoteNews or online http://endnote.com/sciencehackday. Follow live Science Hack Day St. Petersburg updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/spbhackday.
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