Nick Skytland is currently a Talent and Technology Strategist at NASA, focused on unlocking the passion for human spaceflight in others. Nick also leads a strategy and innovation consulting firm focused on developing missional technology.
Nick has pioneered new ways of doing business for nearly two decades and is directly responsible for many successful cutting-edge initiatives such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history. During his career in the federal government, he has founded NASA's Open Innovation Program, led the implementation of the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts and developed open-source software. Most recently, Nick led data science and analytics initiatives within the Technology and Innovation Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters. Nick has previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, X Prize Foundation, the Zero G Corporation, and General Motors.
Nick is a gifted communicator and strategic leader who is a regular speaker at conferences and events. He has presented research to the United Nations, the White House, Department of Defense, Army Sciences Board, U.S. Naval Academy, Disney Imagineering, NASA Advisory Committee, and Public Services Summit at the Nobel Prize Ceremony as well as given numerous TEDx and SxSW talks on exploration and discovery.
Nick is an experienced diver and a eight-time Ironman triathlete. He lives in Houston with his amazing wife and three kids.