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Chicago Toy & Game Group Unveils Keynote Speakers for Its 2013 Toy & Game Innovation Conference

T&GConThe seventh annual Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon), designed by Chicago Toy & Game Group, will feature three keynote speakers to headline the sessions on November 21 and 22. Adi Golad, founder of Goliath Games, Dan Klitsner, founder of KID Group, and Philip Sheppard, acclaimed film and event composer, will each address conference attendees with inspiration and motivation. Sheppard will present Thursday morning and Golad and Klitsner on Friday. The two-day event will cover informational topics, including prototype presentation, global trends, sales distribution, and the changing nature of the play-scape.

T&GCon will take place at Chicago’s Navy Pier and bring together people in the toy and game industry. The conference offers invaluable opportunities for attendees to interface with one another directly to pool resources, leverage business leads, and generate exposure for games and toy inventions.

Chicago Toy & Game Group Expands Events in the U.S. and Abroad

The Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG) expanded its toy industry networking events to cities around the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

ChiTAG Networking Events were recently held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto with upcoming events planned for London on June 5, Chicago on June 11, and Nashville on June 18 during ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, as well as events slated for New York, Seattle, Boston, Indianapolis, Sarasota, Montreal, and more.

ChiTAG advocates toy and game inventors, and its Networking Events are one of the many ways the organization carries out its mission to bring the industry together to share information, foster collaborative opportunities, and promote the power of play and the toy industry as a whole.

Events attract professionals from all areas of the business including manufacturers, inventors, designers, sales reps, independent consultants, and more, who come together to share experiences and develop new business relationships.

Past and future events are co-sponsored and held in collaboration with companies including Spin Master, Mind Candy, ThinkFun, Mayfair Games, PlaSmart, Bananagrams, Endless Games, RoosterFin, DesignEdge, Patch Products, Educational Insights, Top Trumps, Joyce Johnson Designs, Peaceable Kingdom, Jukem Football, Dynamic Designworks/DDW Inc., OtherdoorEntertainment, Snakes & Lattes, and toy/game retailers across the country.

Admission to ChiTAG Networking Events is free, and RSVP’s are required. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.chitag.com/us/networking-events or email the Chicago Toy & Game Group at info@chitag.com, or phone (847) 677-8277.

ASTRA, ChiTAG Partner to Offer Educational Sessions

Courtesy of ASTRA E-Bulletin

ASTRA is collaborating with the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG) to provide toy inventors and specialty manufacturers with strategies for bringing new toy innovations to market.

Two educational sessions focused on the needs of inventors have been added to ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, to be held from June 16 to 19 in Nashville, Tenn. These sessions are for toy manufacturers and inventors only, and any manufacturers or inventors who are exhibiting at or registered for ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy may attend these sessions at no charge.

The sessions—“From Great Idea to Hot New Product: The Basics of Production, Packaging, and Promotion” and “What It Takes for Success: Leveraging Licensing, Social Media, Gamefication, and Marketing Opportunities”—represent the first joint effort planned by ASTRA and ChiTAG.

Chicago to Host Toy and Game Events

The Chicago Toy & Game Group is hosting three events for the toy and game industry this November. The Toy and Game Industry Networking and Inventor Conference event will be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier from November 18-19. Jill Moore from Disney Consumer Products and Steve Rehkemper of Rehkemper Design and Innovation will present the welcome.

The Toy and Game Inventors of the Year Awards Dinner (TAGI Awards) will be held on November 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry, which features a private viewing of the Jim Henson Retrospective Exhibit. Eddy Goldfarb will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. Hasbro is the presenting sponsor.

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair will be held November 20-21. Open to the public, ChiTAG allows exhibitors to meet consumers face-to-face.