[Letter #01 by Wang Jian, Founder of Aliyun, 2050 Volunteer]

Dear 2050 Volunteers,

This is an exhilarating time, not just because of the arrival of the internet or the possibility of colonizing Mars.

This is the youngest generation in history. 50% of the world’s population is under 30 years old. What could be more exciting?

Many, many years ago, I was working at the university after I had graduated from my PhD program. At that time, I had no particular feelings for young people in general.

Many years ago I was working in Microsoft Research Asia, several colleagues were elected into MIT Technology Review 35. I just passed the qualified age, and sudden had some feeling about "youth".

Several years ago, when I was founding Alibaba Cloud, I was working with a group of young people who held great passion for ACM/ICPC, most of them were only half of my age. The code of Apsara showed me that there would be no Alibaba Cloud without young people.

A few years ago, the cnblogs.com team came to Yunqi and I got a chance to observe the footprints of nearly a million youngsters on cnblogs. This allowed me to understand something that everyone already knows:the future belongs to the young.

I believe that chasing youth is the greatest dream of humanity, and chasing the younger generation is our confidence in the future.

This generation also faces the most challenges: urban development, epidemic diseases, environmental degradation, there are so many problems from yesterday that have been handed down to tomorrow. The world has no choice but to leave future challenges to young people. If you give the youngsters a chance, they would choose the Earth to make it a better place, than escaping to Mars to face the more challenging possibilities. For them, going to Mars is just a way to travel but not a way to evade.

Therefore, the 2050 Conference was created. It is a conference aimed at young people. It will allow young people to stand in the spotlight, talk about innovation, look towards the future and face the challenges with a young mind.

It will be a grand gathering of youth, a gathering of ACMers and cnblogs programmers, a gathering of MIT TR 35 and the Davos WEF’s Young Leaders and Global Shapers, a gathering for the next generation scientists from various fields of expertise.

Here, the young generation will show their responsibility to the world and their promise for the future.

Here, challenges will be closer to young people, letting the future they dream about become the world’s future.

For a long time, I have been thinking about bringing together the world’s most innovative young people to exchange ideas. When I discussed, this idea with many people who have different experiences and backgrounds, almost everyone showed their excitement and gave me great encouragement.

In 2018, a group of volunteers gather at Yunqi to kickoff the 2050 Conference as an enthusiastic response to the proposal by the Hangzhou Yunqi Science and Technology Innovation Foundation.

We have a shared vision - to make this gathering where the world’s youth embrace science and technology. 2050 Conference has for this reason become a shared volunteer project for all of us. And this makes 2050 even more welcoming and diverse. While we spare efforts to build a unique event, we are also making the Yunqi the place closest to the youth.

“Volunteership” is one of the most wonderful aspects of 2050 Conference. All contributors are defining “volunteership” in their own way, including the young people from Geekbang and Xinhua YouthTalks. As a young person before, 2050 is my humble contribution to 50% of the world. I believe that anything I can do for this 50% is a contribution for 100% of the world’s population.

2050 represents our hopes and imagination for the future.

Young people are different. They come from different countries, speak different languages, embrace different technologies, and have different dreams.

But in other ways, young people are all the same. They are children who don’t have umbrellas and like to run in the rain.

At Yunqi, we’ll run in the rain together.

 

 

 

 

Founder, Hangzhou Yunqi Science and Technology Innovation Foundation
Founder, Alibaba Cloud
January 23rd, 2018, Yunqi

 


 

【第002封感谢信 by 杭州市市长 徐立毅】

亲爱的青年朋友:

几个月前,第一次听说杭州要举办一个年轻人的大会——“2050”,我非常期待。希望来自全世界的年轻人来到杭州,用自己的方式探索创新,用自己的方式面对挑战,用自己的方式思考未来。

几个月后,一群年轻人让“2050”成为现实,来自世界各地的万名青年朋友相聚在西子湖畔。更让我感动的是,“2050”这样一场精彩的大会竟然是由世界各地的志愿者共同组织的。在这里,来自赫尔辛基的创业者遇到了来自内罗毕的大学生;在这里,人工智能领域的年轻人与航空航天领域的年轻人真情对话。他们是一群来自不同城市的创业者,为了一个相同的梦想相聚在杭州,正在为世界做一件了不起的事情,这是杭州最大的骄傲。

在“2050”,我不但看到了年轻人是如何影响年轻人,也看到了在各个领域卓有成就的过来人如何关心年轻人。他们来到“2050大会”,没有在台上发言,而是在台下聆听,贡献出自己的时间,支持年轻人创新创业。这些愿意牺牲宝贵时间的过来人当中,有来自英特尔的CEO科再奇,有来自微软的全球执行副总裁沈向洋,还有中国环球飞行第一人张博……

习近平总书记在十九大报告中指出:青年兴则国家兴,青年强则国家强。青年一代有理想、有本领、有担当,国家就有前途,民族就有希望。杭州是一座悠久历史的城市,却永远像年轻人一样生机勃勃。我们要打造展示新时代中国特色社会主义的重要“窗口”,这扇窗要由年轻人的活力打开,要用年轻人的视野眺望,要靠年轻人的热忱与世界对话。我们将进一步加大科技发展力度,为年轻人提供更多更好的机会,为年轻人的锐意创新创造更大的舞台,也让杭州在新时代焕发出新的魅力和风采。

最后,衷心感谢所有“2050”的志愿者们,你们为第一届“2050大会”做出了令人难忘的贡献。“年轻人因科技而团聚”,杭州因你们而更加美丽!

杭州市市长 徐立毅
2018年5月27日

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