Meet Iddris Sandu: A 23-year-old Ghanaian Tech Genius Behind Uber, Snapchat, And Instagram, And Creator Of The World’s First Smart Retail Store

As we’re celebrating ‘Black History Month,’ this month we will be bringing you exclusive content celebrating Africans that are doing amazingly well. Today, we celebrate a 23-year-old Ghanaian tech genius who is responsible for algorithms that have made Uber, Snapchat, and Instagram what they are today. He is also the creator of the world’s first smart retail store. His name is Iddris Sandu.

Iddris Sandu was born in 1997 in Accra, Ghana. He is a Ghanaian architectural technologist. He was born in Accra, Ghana, and raised in Compton in Los Angeles, California. He created the world’s first smart retail store experience along with Nipsey Hussle. The store is called “The Marathon Store”.

Articulating his ideas with geometric complexity, Sandu, a visionary equipped with the virtual reality glasses it takes to see into our future, draws a certain future that is simple, relatable, and understandable.

When he was 10 years old, Sandu started learning programming on his own for the next two years at a public library and this was where he got spotted by a designer from Google, who offered him an internship opportunity at the company’s headquarters. Starting his career at Google at the age of 13, Sandu is well versed in history, economics, and technological implication. At the age of 15, he created a smartphone app that made it easier for his classmates to find their classrooms. The invention made him meet with former US President Obama and received a recommendation certificate. At the age of 19, he was creating his apps and other software.

He has worked with cities to start STEM programs in local schools, developed algorithms for companies like Uber, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram.

In 2017, Iddris and hip-hop artist/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle came together to create the first Smart Store leveraging the stealth and uniqueness of his AIPE technology and Nipsey’s cultural influence. The store displayed its’ groundbreaking features: the ability to scan album covers to activate new spins to scanning painted text on the wall and being (able) to stream video content.

Sandu has also served as a technical consultant for Kanye West and partnered with Jaden Smith. His work is recognized by many macro-influencers including the likes of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Barack Obama.

Iddris’ message is one that speaks of our youth being informed — and as such, Sandu recently delivered a Ted Talk aimed at providing youth with the exposure they need to create the future; He led a Today At Apple Class on design as one of the youngest to do so in partnership with Apple; and as of May, he became one of the youngest to deliver a keynote at New York University’s graduation ceremony.

Iddris’ main focus comprises architecture, design, and cultural empowerment through technology.

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18 comments

  1. Wow algorithms , this guy is so genius. African youth needs to wake up to throw the challenge of making our continent the best place without the help of any foreign country.

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  2. Some of you just come to social media to discredit the hard work of our African people with your stupid claims. Let me help you with some information: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/iddris-sandu-tech-diversity

    https://kulturehub.com/iddris-sandu-digital-architect/

    https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/iddris-sandu-is-going-to-change-the-world/amp/

    https://www.essence.com/amp/news/iddris-sandu-trending-news/

    https://www.sciarc.edu/events/lectures/iddris-sandu-creative-architect

    “Iddris Sandu – Bridging the gap between technology and minorities” https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/12/07/iddris-sandu–bridging-the-gap-between-technology-and-minorities.html

    http://www.artcenter.edu/interaction/news/iddris-sandu-conversation-dieter-rams-and-the-culture-of-design-in-the-technology-age/

    These are just a few of the hundreds of top and international media outlets that wrote about him two years ago. Before you come here and write rubbish, please think again. Thank you.

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  3. The information about this man is not true. Please do some fact checking before writing an article. He lied or grossly exaggerated his involvement with these companies. All articles about him were pulled down or corrected.
    View at Medium.com

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  4. I urge you to read Africa 101 the wake up call by Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao, before deciding where to invest your talents.
    Mother Africa needs people like you

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  5. I am a film director in Hollywood ,planning to shoot a global African movie called MY AFRICAN WEDDING IN AMERICA. I need to help TO WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS NOBLE PROJECT FOR AFRICA.

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  6. When it is possible, please visit intercity schools where black and brown people do not see or hear young successful men like you. Let them see the difference that people like them can be!!
    Much success to you!

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  7. Thank you for this article. So wonderful to hear of such young genius and of your work to highlight both to the world.

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