Meet An ODROIDian: Ted Jack-Philippe Nivan (@TedJack)

Meet an ODROIDian Ted Jack-Philippe Nivan

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 25 years old, and was born and raised in Martinique (French West Indies). I'm the Lead Developer of Adok ( and I operate in both Software and Electrical areas. I currently live in the south of Paris, and hold a Certificate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada), a Master’s degree in Signal and Image Processing from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Institut national des Sciences appliquées de Lyon (France). I've also done my end-of-study internship at Harvard Medical School in MRI Artifact Quantification of the brain.

End of study at Harvard Medical School

How did you get started with computers?
Well, I've started with computers at the age of 13 and it quickly became a need to play with this incredible piece of hardware. I felt at this time that I had some much power in my hands and I could extend my thoughts through the machine. I was fascinated by both software and hardware materials that the computer was made of. I've been working on various projects ever since and one of them that I'm particularly proud of was turning a bicycle into a motorcycle. It was back in 2012, in my hometown.

Turning a bicycle to a motorcycle

What attracted you to the ODROID platform?
It is mainly for the product's quality and the community. It is easy to start out with ODROIDs and the platform is well documented.

How do you use your ODROIDs?
I use my ODROIDs mainly for developing Android Apps, Embedded Systems and Learning Linux Kernel Development.

Which ODROID is your favorite and why?
My favorite ODROID is the XU4 because of its power and the community behind it. People like @voodik have been doing such a great job on keeping the platform up-to-date.

What innovations would you like to see in future Hardkernel products?
I would like to see a next-generation board with a system on module design in order to decrease the time to market. In addition, a board with Windows support would be great as well.

What hobbies and interests do you have apart from computers?
I'm an independent music producer/artist who goes by the name of "runthecode". I'm also involved in sports such as tennis and football.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to learn more about programming?
Just get your hands on! The community is so big and still growing up tremendously day after day. The Internet is the place to be. I don't think there's a need to buy books while starting off. Therefore, start as soon as you can, even if you’re young. It will pay off in the long term. Do with what you have, and more importantly, if you want to be successful, do not let anyone tell you what to do in life. Cultivate the seed within you, market yourself and get along with the right people. You will get what you deserve . Remember that successful people are not the ones who were talented at the beginning, but the ones who stuck to their beliefs.

Ted is always cooking up something

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