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Remember that movie Weird Science, where two geeks conspired to make a real-live girl that would love them for who they really are? Well, a short two decades later, geek is chic and tech types are at the top of their game. They lord over the all-important venture funds, smirk with arms akimbo on the cover of Fortune, and chatter blithely about 10X returns and paradigm-shifting inventions. And even in the dot-com world's shaky economic climate, geek culture isn't going anywhere. So you may as well join them in their native habitat. Don't worry. It's safe. Just bring your coffee, your iPhone, and a USB drive.
A founding tenet of geek culture is the blurry distinction between high and low—the rumpled schmo waiting in line for a half-caff skim latte could easily be a billionaire—or your company's incomprehensible IT guy. With that in mind, we've collected a list of the hotels where titans dwell; the scruffier places where younger geeks hash out business plans on cocktail napkins; and the big events that have them dusting off their light sabers and brushing up on their Klingon.
Published October 2008