Nicholas Skytland

Nick works within the Technology and Innovation Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer as NASA’s Data Evangelist. Nick has a passion for liberating high value data sets, pushing forward the use of open source software, developing cutting-edge technology, and creating participatory opportunities to engage citizens in solving humanity’s grand challenges.

Nick has pioneered new ways of doing business for over a decade 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 numerous White House mandates, including the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts, developed open-source software and encouraged new partnerships between government and industry, academia and citizens.

Nick also has experience in the private sector most recently as a partner at SecondMuse, a leading innovation and collaboration agency. He has also worked at the Boston Consulting Group, X Prize Foundation, the Zero G Corporate, and General Motors.