Iddris Sandu
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.
Iddris Sandu is the 23-year-old unconventional tech genius responsible for algorithms that have made Uber, Instagram and Snapchat what they are today.
Born and raised by his West African mother in Torrance, California, for the majority of his life, Iddris faced a traumatic experience at the age of 8, when his father made a reappearance.
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At 10, Iddris  started teaching himself every single programme language at a local library over the course of around 2 years. While he was there, someone who worked at Google happened to notice him, asking Iddris what piqued his interest in coding. Iddris told him, “I want to affect the world in a positive way, and make a positive change. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, I have no idea, but I just feel like the iPhone is going to be really monumental towards shaping the face of the next generation.” Being given a kind of mini-internship at the
Iddris Sandu
 company at the age of 13 allowed Iddris to get his hands dirty in the world of programming for the first time. “I worked on a lot of stuff. The initial Google blogger, Google Plus, and a whole bunch of infrastructures and stuff. But the year after that he wanted to focus on really applying his skills.   So Iddris wrote an app for his high school at the age of 15, giving students turn by turn directions to navigate their classrooms. They were the only school in California that had an app, and it was made by a student, so they got a lot of recognition and he would later meet the President through that.” Around the same time, Iddris wrote an algorithm that he would go on to sell to Instagram. By 18 he was consulting for Snapchat.
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19 marked another turning point in his career. Iddris became involved with Uber and created this algorithm, this piece of software, called ACDI (Autonomous Collision Detection Interface.” By monitoring the driver’s hand position in 3D space, the interface could adjust the control the driver had over the car.
Providing information to the masses is at the very core of what Iddris does. He likes to call himself an ‘architect’, focusing on bridging the divide between the informed and the uninformed. ,
This 23-year-old tech wizard has so much more up his sleeve than he lets on, and I can’t wait to see he has in store in the future.