IT’S OFFICIAL. NERDS ARE COOL.
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