I’ve had to explain how you play Pokémon Go too many times the last couple months. I get why I have become this go-to person; I’m the correct demographic (millennial who played the original Gameboy game when it first came out) and part of my job is explaining complex ideas in understandable ways. 

I’ve learned that what I thought was basic knowledge about Pokémon is not common at all. What people are struggling with are not the complexities of the game (what the colored circles mean, how to collect pokécoins) but instead what I thought was obvious. I’ve been asked questions I never thought I’d be asked, like “What happens when you catch them?” and “What’s the point of the game?” Something that has been part of my life since I was 8 is apparently a mystery to most of my acquaintances. 

I’m sure this was how our Cool Tech winners felt when they were interviewed for the story that’s featured in this issue. They live and breathe this new technology or concept that they think could change the world—we the writers, on the other hand, found ourselves looking up many new words. 

But just because it’s confusing or complex doesn’t mean it’s not worth learning about. Many of our winners are creating technology that could save lives, improve current technologies or help you find your new favorite band. Pokémon Go may not be for everyone, but the Cool Tech feature is for all readers interested in future possibilities.

After that, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the many other stories in this jam-packed issue, from the money behind local elections to three places to wine and dine. As for me, I’ll be trying to catch them all. For those who were wondering, that’s the point of the game.