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Donald Marinelli
Director of Innovation, Inven Global
Donald Marinelli's unwavering support was instrumental in the founding of Inven Global. As Director of Innovation, Don’s charge is to scan the horizon for new technologies and initiatives furthering and fueling the global explosion of Esports, gaming, and all manner of entertainment technologies.

Donald Marinelli is co-founder of the world renowned Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Under his tenure, he transformed it into a truly global operation with branches in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Japan, Australia, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Since retiring from Carnegie Mellon in 2012, Don has accepted positions as a Visiting Senior Professor at Arizona State University in its Arts, Media & Engineering program, and as a Visiting Professor in the Technology Management M.S. degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York. He is also a sought after speaker and consultant.

His heart and soul, however, lies with Inven Global, because he sees Esports as the convergence of all entertainment forms that have preceded it.
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    11:00 ~ 12:00
    Speakers

    The Global Reach of College/University Esports

    In order for Esports to establish long lasting roots in mainstream culture, it must mesh into the fabric of everyday life. One of the most efficient and natural ways to achieve this is introducing Esports into schools.

    Led by Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Twitch, this presentation revolves around collegiate Esports leagues and their importance in introducing Esports to the new generation of gamers and college students. With years of experience delivering countless tournaments to students and collegiate fans around the world, Garvey has an vast mental library of information, much of which could prove vital for those interested in entering the collegiate Esports market. Donald Marinelli, the Director of Innovation at Inven Global, will be participating as well, to share his insight through a Q&A with Garvey; he will highlight the international status of collegiate esports in order to provide an even more comprehensive experience.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    11:00 ~ 12:00
    • Mark “Garvey” Candella
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    14:00 ~ 14:30
    Speakers

    Beyond the Media Hype: An Insider's Look at the World of College Esports

    The growth of college Esports has been well documented by the media and nearly always celebrated as a series of positive milestones. This presentation will take a critical, insider's look at the history, growth, and current landscape in college Esports. We will challenge some of the current narrative and provide guidance for accurately evaluating the collegiate scene as it continues to grow.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    14:00 ~ 14:30
    • Mark Deppe
    • Michael Brooks
    • Neil Duffy
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    15:00 ~ 16:00
    Speakers

    High School Esports Development

    One area where Esports will most likely emulate traditional sports is with colleges and universities recruiting high school Esports athletes. There are enough collegiate programs nowadays to test this hypothesis. Also, as 9-12 remains regional rather than national oversight, this panel will review the challenges and successes high schools have had dealing with local school boards, especially with increasing resistance to FPS games.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    15:00 ~ 16:00
    • Mason Mullenioux
    • Justin Jia
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    16:00 ~ 17:00
    Speakers

    Esports and the Politics of College/University Administrations

    Collegiate Esports have experienced a meteoric rise in the last few years with club and varsity programs being established nationally. Yet, resistance remains, especially among NCAA member universities. Why? More importantly, what have been the arguments swaying college and university administrations that Esports is an area of dynamic growth. To what degree has student interest and grassroots efforts impacted on campus Esports growth? All of this and more will be the focus of this dynamic panel.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    16:00 ~ 17:00
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Mark Deppe
    • Michael Brooks
    • John Pierce
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    17:00~17:50
    Speakers

    Fireside Chat: Getting Involved in Esports

    An interactive discussion on one of the industry's most ask questions: how do I get into esports? What are some of the successful paths to take, mistakes to avoid and position yourself for a career in one of the most sought-after spaces.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    17:00~17:50
    • Robb Chiarini
    • Donald Marinelli