ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thomson Reuters EndNote, the leading software for researchers, librarians and students to 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 event to Africa. The continent’s first-ever Science Hack Day will be held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, August 9-10 at Habaka, a local innovation hub and business start-up incubator dedicated to advancing the country’s efforts in technology through collaboration.
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.
Madagascar’s growing community of scientific and technological innovators have been invited to attend the event in Antananarivo to work together to create and build upon new ideas or hacks. Participants will then have the opportunity to test their hacks in a friendly competition.
"Science Hack Day’s mission to empower innovation aligns closely with the mission of Madagascar’s science and tech community," said Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana, organizer of Science Hack Day Antananarivo and Science Hack Day Ambassador. "We look forward to a successful event full of creative collaboration that seeks to solve some of Africa’s scientific problems."
"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:
- St. Petersburg, Russia, August 22-24, 2014
- Eindhoven, Netherlands, August 30-31, 2014
- San Francisco, USA, October 4 – 5, 2014
- Berlin, Germany, October 24 – 26, 2014
"We’re happy to be continuing our work with Science Hack Day to bring Africa’s first event to Madagascar, a country that is positioning itself as future leader in scientific and technological innovation," 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 Manuscripts™ 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. Science Hack Day Antananarivo can be followed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SHDTana and at hashtag #SciHackMada.
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