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Reading: Iddris Sandu: The 25-year-old Ghanaian Tech Genius And The Brain Behind Uber, Snapchat And Instagram
Reading: Iddris Sandu: The 25-year-old Ghanaian Tech Genius And The Brain Behind Uber, Snapchat And Instagram

Iddris Sandu: The 25-year-old Ghanaian Tech Genius And The Brain Behind Uber, Snapchat And Instagram

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Iddris Sandu: The 25-year-old Ghanaian Tech Genius And The Brain Behind Uber, Snapchat And Instagram
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Iddris Sandu is a 25-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.

Sometimes I wonder how the world will look if there is no Africa! Because there’s no doubt that Africa has offered the world some of the best resources you can imagine. An example of this is that of the bits, which are in the form of the mineral cobalt found in DR Congo that is used in the production of rechargeable batteries for our mobile phones.

But aside from mineral resources, it seems African people are also created to be blessings to the world because the story of Iddris Sandu just proves that right. Because if not for him maybe there will be nothing like Uber, Snapchat or even Instagram today.

Iddris Sandu was born in 1997 in Accra, Ghana but was raised in Harbor city in Los Angeles California. He is guy is a self-taught software engineer and technology design architect. He created the world’s first smart retail store experience along with Nipsey Hussle. The store is called “The Marathon Store”. Sandu was so lucky to find what he loved during his early years because he was just only 10 years old when he began learning computer programming and reading from a public library in Los Angeles. And at the age of 13, Sandu became an intern and worked on several Google projects including Google Plus.

At age 15, during his high school years, Sandu created a smartphone app that made it easier for his classmates to find their classrooms. After High school, Sandu decided to go into interning and consulting and worked with big companies like Twitter, Uber, Snapchat and Instagram among others. At age 18, Sandu sold an algorithm for Instagram and was consulting for Snapchat.

Sandu later created software for Uber that helps in detecting a driver’s hand motion and position. Over the years, Sandu has also worked with many top celebrities in the world with the likes of Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna and many more. 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.

He established a technology literacy school in Ghana and several other educational programs in California. He has received numerous awards including a $100,000 scholarship in 2019 from the founder of Paypal. In 2020, he created his company SpatialABS, which specializes in space programming, design and architecture in programming, augmented reality and many others.

This is the story of Iddris Sandu, an African native from Accra, Ghana who built both his name and his fortune in a faraway land.

Sources: The African Dream

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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