Ivan Zimine earned PhD in Physics in 2003 from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. During his studies he became interested in the brain and neuroscience and ended up working in the field of functional and quantitative brain imaging for over 13 years. He left academia in 2010 after realizing that he will always struggle with writing papers, and traditional academic modus operandi. Since then, he has been working as a programmer and technical consultant. He lives in Singapore where he participates actively in the python user group, barcamp and hackerspace communities.