Iddris Sandu

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  • Architectural and Social Application Technologist, Innovator, and Thought Leader in Digital Realities
  • Founder of sLABS, a Venture Capital Studio
  • Creator of the First Smart Retail Store, The Marathon Store
  • Product Consultant to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and More



Creative architect, visionary technologist, and entrepreneur Iddris Sandu has revolutionized the intersection of entertainment, technology, and humanity. Hailed as a ”tech wunderkind” by The New York Times, Sandu taught himself programming at the local library in South Central LA, and his career started with an internship at Google at age 13. In addition to consulting for some of the biggest tech companies in the world (Google, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), Sandu is the Founder and Creative Director of impact-driven blockchain-based tech incubator spatial LABS (sLabs), and collaborated with the late Nipsey Hustle to conceive the world’s first smart retail experience, The Marathon Store. He is a highly sought-after speaker, giving impactful keynotes at Google, the Tesla Foundation, ComplexCon, TED, and more, offering insights about the future of technology, virtual realities, and the Metaverse, the dynamic benefits of diversity in the tech industry, and cultivating a solution-based mindset as an individual and an organization.

Sandu has been featured in Entrepreneur, which called him “one of the most gifted futurists of our time,” The New York Times, Forbes, Essence, CNBC, Dazed, and many others. He has been honored with a commendation certificate from President Obama and was recognized with the Culture Creators Innovation in Technology Award, for which he gave an exhilarating acceptance speech. As a multi-hyphenate, Sandu defies tech mogul stereotypes, focusing on the democratization of technology in Africa and the U.S., bridging the divide between the tech industry and marginalized communities and empowering consumers to become creators. His global influence as an innovator and thought leader is significant, and audiences are ignited by his vision for a diverse and sustainable future.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Iddris Sandu
  • Tesla Foundation
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Instagram
  • Complex Con
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • TED
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Virtual Realities and the Metaverse

Tech visionary Iddris Sandu is an architect of the future, focusing on democratization of technology and the exploration of emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and more. In powerful keynote speeches, Sandu ignites audiences with his wide-ranging expertise, offering a look ...

Tech visionary Iddris Sandu is an architect of the future, focusing on democratization of technology and the exploration of emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and more. In powerful keynote speeches, Sandu ignites audiences with his wide-ranging expertise, offering a look at cutting-edge technologies and breaking down the possibilities and implications for the future of the Metaverse.

Diversity in Design is a Competitive Advantage

Creative architect and visionary technologist Iddris Sandu has revolutionized the convergence of entertainment and technology. In highly sought-after keynotes, Sandu offers vital insights about the future of technology and the dynamic benefits of diversity in the tech industry, empowering audiences ...

Creative architect and visionary technologist Iddris Sandu has revolutionized the convergence of entertainment and technology. In highly sought-after keynotes, Sandu offers vital insights about the future of technology and the dynamic benefits of diversity in the tech industry, empowering audiences to consider diversity of experience as a competitive advantage in problem-solving, ultimately yielding greater profitability. Sandu offers his perspective as a global thought leader in impactful talks that resonate with individuals and organizations alike.

The Future of Applied Technology and Design

Technologist Iddris Sandu shares with audiences some of the insights he brings to companies like Google, Instagram and other product design firms. Sandu leads audiences into the not-so-distant future with how technology like AI and biometrics will be applied to fashion, previously humble home produc ...

Technologist Iddris Sandu shares with audiences some of the insights he brings to companies like Google, Instagram and other product design firms. Sandu leads audiences into the not-so-distant future with how technology like AI and biometrics will be applied to fashion, previously humble home products, everyday hassles that keep cities going (he's coming after you, parking meters!), and architecture.  Sandu not only talks about how technology will change, he talks about who creates it, and advocates for more inclusivity and support for all creators and big thinkers.

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<p><strong>Visionary technologist Iddris Sandu brings the Metaverse to hip-hop in new technology</strong></p>

Visionary technologist Iddris Sandu brings the Metaverse to hip-hop in new technology

The pulse of the culture is at IDDRIS SANDU’s fingertips and his talents are being recognized in high-profile augmented reality partnerships with Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) and other tech investors, as profiled by Forbes. A creative architect and tech visionary, his entrepreneurial talents are leveraged in his ability to interact with multi-generational moguls and bring them together, defying ageist preconceptions. He is committed to employing his foresight and innovation in urban planning, product engineering, XR, and biomimicry design for access, exploring the limitless possibilities at the intersection of technology, culture, and humanity.

Dedicated to serving people first and foremost, Sandu is the common denominator within today’s more important and advanced digital-facing moments and weaves them together with technology. He founded his impact-driven tech incubator spatial LABS (sLABS) to focus on the Metaverse and the future implications of blockchain. Sandu, who has given impactful keynotes at Google, the Tesla Foundation, ComplexCon, TED, and more, has been hailed “one of the most gifted futurists of our time.” In highly sought-after keynotes, Sandu offers vital insights about the future of technology, virtual realities, and what we have to look forward to in the Metaverse and Web3.0.

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Iddris Sandu is an architectural technologist who has revolutionized the convergence of entertainment and technology. Coding since the tender age of 13, Sandu has consulted for some of the biggest tech companies in the world the likes of Google, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

His genius was given light in high school, as he was honored by former President Barack Obama after creating a mobile application for his high school which would give students turn by turn directions to navigate to classrooms.

In early 2017, Iddris conceived the world’s first smart retail experience, The Marathon Store, with the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, designed an album cover for Kanye West in 2018, and gave the NYU Commencement address in 2019. His mission now is to bridge the divide between the tech industry and minority communities, and to bring enhanced design to everyday objects that don’t have the same appeal as aspirational gadgets and products.

Pointedly, Iddris takes a vertically integrated approach to all the technology he builds and creates; favoring the creation of operating systems and services rather than simple building architecture. It’s this signature vision and imagination that has set Iddris apart from his peers within the tech landscape and he's well on his way to redefining how we use the technology of tomorrow.

Iddris now works with cultural influencers like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Pharrell, and The Migos to show them how they can not only use technologies ; but be a part of the next era of creators that build more and consume less.

An influencer in high demand, Iddris has been courted by the likes of TED X , Apple, ComplexCon, and most recently, Google. Iddris’ platform speaks to a variety of topics, chief among them, culture and design. Moreover, Iddris’ platform stresses the intricacies of the human and environmental dynamics through technology, and the democratization of technology in Africa and in urban neighborhoods around the US. As a multi-hyphenate, Sandu defies the laws of the tech mogul typecast. As an architect, he learns how to apply technology to societal structures through app development, product design and industrial engineering.