IT’S OF­FI­CIAL. NERDS ARE COOL.

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Not that we didn’t al­ready know that, but back in Jan­uary 2016, there was a widely cir­cu­lated Face­book com­ment by a grand­mother who was sug­gest­ing that her grand­daugh­ters should “date the nerd in school” be­cause he may turn out to be the next Mark Zucker­berg.

This prompted a re­ply by the real Mark Zucker­berg, who wrote, “Even bet­ter would be to en­cour­age them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next suc­cess­ful in­ven­tor”.

This piece of ad­vice, in my opin­ion, set the tone this year for nerds ev­ery­where, both male and fe­male. It is also the in­spi­ra­tion for a ma­jor fea­ture story in this is­sue of HWM. You see, nerds aren’t just in­ven­tors, they’re also cul­tural mav­er­icks. To­day’s tech com­pa­nies and star­tups are at the fore­front of chang­ing tra­di­tional of­fice cul­ture and rewrit­ing the bound­aries of the cu­bi­cle work­force. If you iden­tify your­self as such, you’ll be glad to know that your fu­ture of­fice can lit­er­ally be a play­ground for ideas.

Jan­uary also saw the con­clu­sion of the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show 2016 in Las Ve­gas, where we got to pre­view the next wave of con­sumer tech­nol­ogy that should be ar­riv­ing in the com­ing months. As usual, we’ve waded past the del­uge of in­cre­men­tal up­grades and mi­nor en­hance­ments so you don’t have to, fo­cus­ing on the key trends and in­dus­tries that we think will make the most im­pact this year. You’ll find this re­port in this is­sue of HWM as well.

Zachary Chan EDITOR

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