What does the collaboration of technology, diaspora and the culture look like ?
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Iddris is a one of a kind Crea+iv.
Born into a Ghanaian father while living in Compton & Harbor City, Iddris, has always lived a dual reality. That, & the fact at a young age his father sent him to Ghana where he stayed for nearly 9 months; an experience many first generation African children can relate to. During his experience in Ghana Iddris learned to distinguish the difference between “Real world problems” & “First world problems”.
Shortly after returning to the US from his extended trip abroad, the first ever Apple Iphone was released. This inspired Iddris to begin learning code.
He spent 2 years studying at Torrance Public Library and later to applied for a Google internship at the tender age of 13. At the age of 14, Iddris received the Presidential Scholar award from President Barack Obama himself. The year after, Sandu, 15, was analysing data for Twitter. The explore page on instagram? 16 year old Iddris did that. He even has influence on the development of Snapchat’s Spectacles. Shortly after at age 19 he worked on an autonomous driving software at Uber. By the age of 20, Iddris was the technology powerhouse behind the late Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Smart Store, the roads in which the culture and Tech collaborated to create a new retail experience.
“I see a young dude that is, one of us. Obviously from the culture. “ –Nipsey Hussle
Design is a topic near to Iddris’ heart. He takes his influences from the likes of Steve Jobs, who was arguably the godfather of consumer electronic design, Jony Ive, the lead designer at Apple. And the 10 Principles of good design by Dieter Rams is his code to life.
“I believe we can change the world through good design.“Iddris Sandu
Often described as Kanye West X Elon Musk, Sandu has a desire to develop brands that use technology as a blueprint.
As a humanist, Iddris uses himself as a vessel for the underprivileged and under-informed or misinformed. He seeks to educate others on the topics of tech, the digital revolution and how it affects the culture. An aware individual taking actions against the digital divide.
I am a humanist.
I want to see everyone thrive.
I don’t like classism.
I don’t like gaps.
I want everyone to have equal experience.Iddris Sandu
In Gen Z: Plan A
In Gen Z: Plan A, Iddris gives us a real time notification to upgrade our operating system.
“As a minority growing up in this era we risk the chance of losing a seat at the table.”Iddris Sandu
Sandu speaks on the digital divide and suggests an exposure centered approach to education.
Here’s some of information Iddris offers up to the cloud.
Diverse infrastructure is necessary. …period.
Any software not developed by a diverse group of humans from the ground up automatically renders the software biased. Simply put, any software developed by one group of humans will only work for that group of humans.
The importance of teaching good design.
Guidelines on how to design for a better world will improve overall human experiences. Guidelines that takes into account the values of the culture will allow for the design of a technology to meet the needs of the culture.
A new design ethos: Aspirational Necessitation
Aspirational Necessitation is the idea of taking principles usually applied to aspirational products and applying them to products necessary for day to day life. Imagine if the same care and attention to detail invested into the iphone was applied to street lights.
Iddris Sandu: The AfroFuturist
“If I am going to do anything next in tech it’s going to be on the basis of infrastructure, everything for me goes back to infrastructure.”Iddris Sandu
I feel like the most impactful thing we can do is to build an experimental prototype community in Africa, which is going to be where the next generation of global leaders come from, because they’re exposed to a lot of problems that no one else wants to fix.https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/iddris-sandu-is-going-to-change-the-world/
This, Ladies and Gentleman is a collaboration of the diaspora & technology.
An invitation to collaborate & execute with the dopest humans possible?
The dream, drive, and vision to develop Africa with a design ethos never before practiced by man is alive and growing within the culture. Now is a time unlike never before to take action. The barrier to entry has been digitally dissolved. Tools previously reserved for those who own infrastructure now exist within the cloud. The tech is here to build the future Africa we desire and deserve.
Iddris stresses the importance of the Iphone for two reasons. This was the first time people could touch software; the relationship between user and tech became intimate. Secondly, the App Store was open for the business, with an accompanying developer program that gave users the potential to program apps. This is important because of ownership. Every app is developed using a coding language. Coding languages are developed by people. If a group of biased people develop code, the code will be inherently biased, biased code biased program. Biased programing results in a less than optimal user experience.
We look forward to experiencing what happens when people of the culture develop a coding language for the culture.
That concludes today’s Tech Talk.
Remember, WE TOLD YOU
“We must not make the same mistakes those before us made, we must remember to be inclusive, diverse & help everyone else around us because we are one race, the human race.Iddris Sandu