As our new semester fly passed it’s first month, it’s also the anniversary of The BASE last week. I believe many of you still wonder…what is The BASE actually? And why it’s suddenly blogging now?
It all dates back to 2014: an initiative from both a donor and the university decision to bring HKUST into the next level of innovation and entrepreneurship. The space was named The BASE, with a meaning behind of a basecamp for mountain climbers who risked their lives to climb higher.
I and my team has started this blog, hoping that it could be the giant shoulders that we can stand on. I have heard countless stories during my time at HKUST: happy ones, sad ones and inspiring ones. These stories has made me reflected on myself or even shaped who I am now, to some extend. That’s why I have started this blog with my fellow team and friends, and hope that more people could join this.
…and yes, I can guess what you are thinking…
Blogging in 2016 is not something that is really sexy, and I totally understand. But please try to hear me out.
We are in 2016…
Indeed, many of them say 2016 is the year of the beginning of the many new technologies to boom: Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Drones, Blockchain… you name it. The experience that we are getting from these technology now are like nothing else before.
Remember all those science fiction movies? When you see a bunch of people hanging around at a particular spot on the streets, staring at the screen like “zombies” to catch an imaginary Pokemon, you know that the distant future is now happening right in front of you, no more “Sci-Fi”. (And yes, I am one of those zombies too back then…just that I stopped at level 10. i guess I am just not a Pokemon trainer)
So… Why still blogging?
Don’t get me wrong, those technologies are indeed very powerful ones. But blogging would be still relevant, and will be relevant in the many more years to come in the future. To start talking about this, it would be the “enlightenment period” of my life, where I find my first best friend, fiction books.
Reading the power of letters and words
When I was young, I loved to read. During the weekends, library is my nursery. Thanks to how Hong Kong plan their public facilities, with a market on ground floor and library on top of it or nearby, I would be staying at library at all times when my mom is going to the market to fetch ingredients for dinner. I spend every weekend reading books, particularly reading fictions.
I learned about all sorts of things from books, from the battle of the two mighty kung fu gurus, on the top of the mountains in the books of Jin Yong(金庸) to solving crimes during the Victorian times, finding the murderer only with the bloodstains.”Watson, do you want to come with me?” Sherlock Holmes was just one of my all time favourite. That’s perhaps is the beauty of just using alphabets and words: Few information, but powerful message.
“Just do it”. 8 letters, 3 words, a 100 billion dollar company. As simple as that.
Stand out from the noise of gifs and memes
That’s not all, think about spreading the message out. What services our global netizens spend most of their time on? Yes, Facebook is the king. And even though we would give out “hearts” on whatever Buzzfeed or Insider has posted on their page, It’s always great content that makes people comes back. A good Facebook post peaks at minutes. An evergreen blog post lasts for years. Just look at how a great post could get traffic again and again on hackernews.
Gifs and memes are fun, but few of them can stood the test of time. A quality blog post can. I see quality people around HKUST, and I believe that there is a shot where this blog can be a quality one as well.
Write to reflect…continuously
But above all, the most important thing is that writing is a reflection process that we can stand on the shoulders of giant. We might not be a giant, but we are not tiny either. Spending four “stress and tension” years means a lot to many of us. In fact, overtime we grew from a lost young man, searching, exploring into someone who have a better sense of the world, and have a rough idea on what you wanted to be chasing after.
I think this is a great opportunity for not only me, but many other students to share their ideas and thoughts, letting us know the mistakes that we have made along the way, the way we see things or even what we thinks about the future. You would not believe how many great “hidden” writers there are, and I can’t wait to let them share the ideas to the world!
And…it might be you!
And of course, like how I said, the blog is not just about me. More would be coming from some of our students: who spend a year at silicon valley to work in a startup; who interned at a global accelerator; who joined one of the world’s most renowned accelerators; who spends years in social innovation; who went to Europe for a global web summit…and maybe it’s you! Let us know if you think there are innovations that should be shared as well!
Stay tuned for more to come!
Written by Morris @ The BASE