Mario has been Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California and Global Head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP. In 2013 he co-founded and currently heads the Austrian Innovation Center Silicon Valley (AICSV). He has been driving communities for more than 15 years, including innovative topics, like Visual Composer, Business Process Experts, mobile, robotics, and gamification.
In his work as head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP he has encountered and supported gamification efforts in the enterprise from multiple levels and departments, like Sustainability, On Demand, Mobile, HR, Training & Education, Banking etc. He has driven the awareness around gamification by organizing and leading innovation events around this topic, holding dozens of one- or two-day gamification workshops, working with gamification platform- & service-providers and game studios, consulting and advising organizations, and by incorporating gamification into SAP's strategy.
He regularly speaks at and co-organizes conferences on gamification and innovation (amongst other topics). His large network of gamification and innovation allows him to pull in experts into projects. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology and an undergraduate degree in International Business Management from the Vienna University of Economy. He recently played through all levels of the iPad game Air Attack and currently works with his six year old son on reaching the final level of Angry Birds in Space.