BOULDER - Social entrepreneurs, meet citizen engineers.

Rally Software Development Corp. on Wednesday announced it is launching an initiative to help community-minded engineers apply their knowledge and skills to social problems.

The campaign, called "Rally for Impact," includes donating free user licenses for Rally project collaboration tools to nonprofit organizations, citizen engineers and students, among others. The Boulder-based company will continue its "skill-based" employee volunteer program and to encourage employees to volunteer on company time, the company said in a press release.

The concept was outlined in the 2009 book "Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering."

"Every engineer has the potential to be a Citizen Engineer - someone who uses their technical skills and passion to help solve the world's environmental, economic and social challenges," said Dave Douglas, co-author of "Citizen Engineer," in the release.

"Considering the pace and scale of environmental change, I believe it has never been more important for Citizen Engineers to collaborate on moving the world to a more sustainable path," Rally founder and chief technology officer Ryan Martens said in the press release. "Rally products and solutions that coordinate large-scale engineering projects around the world can easily be applied to Citizen Engineering projects that have a positive impact on our planet. My vision and my goal are to mobilize these engineers to focus and scale solutions to solve the world's most intractable problems."