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On this week’s episode of The Dropcast, hosts Noah Thomas, Jian DeLeon, and Jeff Carvalho are joined by Iddris Sandu, an architect and technology advocate who started to learn code at the age of 10. By the time he was 15, he was honored by president Barack Obama with a Presidential Scholar Award.

Since then, Sandu has worked with guys like Nipsey Hussle, co-creating the late artist’s smart-retail platform at Marathon, as well as working with both Kanye West and Jaden Smith. The 22-year-old prodigy has also consulted for companies like Uber, Twitter, and Snapchat, and already put his time in at Google when he was 13, as part of a work experience program.

He talks about how technology, like most institutions, has an inherent bias that minorities must overcome, and in some ways rewrite the “source code” of modern technologies to really make them truly inclusive. We also weigh in on some of this week’s hottest products and events, from Tyler, The Creator’s new album to Harry Styles’ sheer Met Gala Gucci fit.

We also listen to voicemails from Dropcast listeners weighing in on the question of the week: “Has Virgil changed the fashion game for people of color?”

Sandu shares his informed thoughts on the matter, and keeps the conversation open by pointing out this is just the beginning of a long-needed paradigm shift. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback on The Dropcast Hotline, so give us a call at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to end up in a future episode!

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Words by Noah Thomas
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