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Nick Capaldini

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Serving as UIF Since: Fall 2015 
School: University of Oregon
What he does now: Product Design
What that means: Working in diverse teams to build new products and interfaces using human centered design
Contact him about: Design, Creative Strategy, Teamwork, Education, Hack-a-thons, Business Competitions, Sports, Education.
Phone: (952)-240-3857

Nick is a University Innovation Fellow from the University of Oregon who joined the program so that he could use his passion for innovation to make a positive impact on his campus. Through becoming a Fellow, Nick has been able to build on his strengths in innovation and entreprenuership, to become an award winning change agent on his campus.

By running the first collegiate sports-technology hack-a-thon in the U.S, Nick provided an opportunity for students at his school to use state of the art technology to create new sports products. Following the theme of sports, his event was held in the University of Oregon's historic McArthur basketball court and featured two U.S. Olympians on the judging panel. Nick has also held a leadership position in his campus's entrepreneurship club cabinet and was an active member in multiple student organizations including Toastmaster's International, Industrial Design Society of America, and Warsaw Sports Business Club.

When not leading initiatives, Nick has enjoyed his college experience representing Oregon in hack-a-thons and start-up competitions such as Major League Baseball's Advance Media Hack-a-thon in New York City, where his team of UO students won 1st place for their Data Visualization project. Nick has also represented his University at conferences such as SXSW in 2016 and the VentureWell Open in 2018 where he was a session panelist on best practices for stimulating sustainable invention in colleges and universities.
Out of 23,000+ students at his school, Nick not only received the Dean's Service Award for "exceptional leadership and service " but was also named one of the University of Oregon's "25 Ducks", for leadership, innovation, and the potential to change the world". Nick's mindset during his time in college has always been to focus not on what his school can do for him, but on what he can do for his school and plans to carry that spirit of service with him wherever he goes.

Here is link to Nick's Ignite talk: Building on Innovation about how universities can create new learning experiences for students by building on their own unique history and culture of innovation.



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University Innovation Fellows 

Spring 2016:

Nick Capaldini

Susan cooper

Brandon Crockett

Adam Jansons

David Phillips

Spring 2014:

Claire Sakaguchi