nicholas skytland

Nicholas Skytland

Chief of the Exploration Technology Office at NASA Johnson Space Center 

Nick is the Chief of the Exploration Technology Office at NASA Johnson Space Center where he is focused on helping NASA return to the Moon through technology development, technology transfer and strategic partnerships. Nick also advises organizations on how to navigate the future by developing forward leaning strategies, convening communities and developing missional technology. He is a passionate leader who has pioneered new ways of doing business in both government and industry for two decades. His best work is done at the intersection of technologists, change makers and explorers.

Nick is well known for launching and leading successful cutting-edge initiatives such as the Random Hacks of Kindness, the International Space Apps Challenge, the National Day of Civic Hacking, Indigitous Hack and Urbana's Hack4Missions. He created and led NASA’s Data Science, Open Innovation and Open Government programs, the 1958 Coworking Space, and NASAs twitter account (@nasa). He is the author of NASA’s Future of Work study and recently established the Agency’s Talent Marketplace. He is a gifted communicator and strategic leader who regularly speaks in technical and public spheres.

Outside of work, he is an avid adventurer, experienced diver, elder at Clear Creek Community Church and a dedicated triathlete who has completed 21 Ironman races. He lives in Houston with his wife and three kids.