Friday, August 22, 2014

HackDayThomson 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 HackDay, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to bring the first Science HackDay to Russia. The event is currently being held at Quiet Place, a coworking space in St. Petersburg dedicated to advancing science and technology in Russia, and will run through Aug. 24.

Having held over 35 successful IT hacking events since 2009, the event’s organizers aim to make their first Science HackDay 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 HackDay 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 HackDay, we look forward to blending these communities to bring about new approaches to solving scientific challenges,” said Mikhail Kulakov, organizer of Science HackDay St. Petersburg. “We also hope to call more attention to young inventors and specialists in science and tech fields.”

Science HackDay 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 HackDays 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 HackDay 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 HackDay Global Director, Ariel Waldman. “Science should be disruptively accessible. Science HackDay empowers people from a variety of backgrounds to explore, participate in and build new ways of interacting with and contributing to science.”

Science HackDays 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.

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