2050 aims to equip young people to take action and to become volunteers. Ahead of the event in May, we are taking a look at some the companies and people who are taking part in the massive unconference–an open space event with organization powered by participants. 2050 is a volunteer-only, not-for-profit unconference. TechNode is organizing the Explore Expo, an exhibition area for young tech startups looking for exposure.

Yunqi, a small town near Hangzhou, made its reputation as the home to Alibaba’s annual tech event, the Yunqi Conference, which usually involves big names in the Chinese tech scene like Jack Ma and Robin Li. Long established as a hotspot for China’s tech industry, this town is going to witness another one-of-a-kind gathering that could make it a tech hub for future generations.

“Most of the conferences in China are held for those who are already successful in their careers, but none targets young people. 2050 wants to fill the gap, giving Chinese youth a stage to make their own voices heard and maximize their energy and talent,” said Wang Jian, founder of the 2050 conference, which will be held in Yunqi Town from May 25 to 27. Wang was CTO at Alibaba from 2012 to 2015 and is now chairman of the Technology Steering Committee at Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.