ChiTAG Announces 2017 Innovation Conference Tracks and Keynote Speakers

CHITAGGrouplogoThe Chicago Toy & Game Group announced keynote speakers and conference tracks for its Innovation Conference, kicking off the Chicago Toy and Game Week (ChiTAG). The conference brings together toy and game inventors with retailers, heads of acquisition, and other members of the industry to create, collaborate, and connect.  [Read more...]

Voting is Now Open for ChiTAG’s 2017 TAGIE Awards

TAGIE.AwardsThe Chicago Toy & Game Group named the nominees for the 10th Annual Toy & Games Innovation (TAGIE) Awards. Nominees for each category were selected by industry peers, and voting is now open for members of the media, industry, and public until Oct. 31. The 2017 TAGIE winners will be announced on Nov. 17 as part of the 15th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Week. [Read more...]

Nominations Closing for 10th Annual TAGIEs

ChiTAGTagiesNominations for the 2017 Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) close this week on Wednesday, August 30. Winners will be honored at the annual gala event during the Chicago Toy & Game Week from Nov. 16 to 19. [Read more...]

ChiTAG Announces 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Award Winners

CHITAG2Industry colleagues and the public have selected winners for the eighth annual Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. At this year’s storytelling-themed awards ceremony, excellence was recognized in the categories Toy Design, Game Design, Rising Star, Excellence in Game Design, Young Inventor, and Digital/Toy Game. A closeted jury of industry-based judges also chose the winners of the Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award, In Memoriam, and Lifetime Achievement Award. [Read more...]

PlayChic Fashion Show at Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGThe Chicago Toy & Game Week announced the fourth annual PlayChic Fashion Show will take place on November 19 at the Alhambra Palace at 7 p.m. Fashion designers Peach Carr and Michelle Tan will show off their toy-inspired designs at this year’s show. The PlayChic Fashion Show allows fashion designers to work with toy and game brands that will be featured at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Tickets for the PlayChic Fashion Show can be purchased here.

Chicago Toy & Game Group Announces 9th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

ChicagoThe Chicago Toy & Game Group announced that registration is open for the ninth annual Young Inventor Challenge through November 1. Presented by Spin Master, the challenge invites kids ages 6 to 18 to invent their own original toy or game. Contest entrants will showcase their original toy and game ideas “science fair style” to a panel of play industry experts on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG). [Read more...]

Chicago Toy and Game Group Announces 2015 Toy and Game Inventor of the Year Nominees

ChicagoThe nominees for the eighth annual Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards are in! At this year’s comedy themed awards ceremony, excellence will be recognized in the categories of Toy Design, Game Design, Rising Star, Excellence in Game Design, Young Inventor, and Digital Toy/Game. Industry members have selected the industry nominees, and the public is invited to place their votes. The annual award show will take place in November as part of the 13th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

The 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Award nominees are: [Read more...]

The Chicago Toy & Game Group Reveals 2014 TAGIE Winners

TAGIE.AwardsThe Chicago Toy & Game Group has crowned this year’s recipients of the 2014 Toy and Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards. More than 400 guests representing 23 countries gathered at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier Grand Ballroom last Friday to toast today’s top playthings.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group acknowledged the following winners from nominated categories:

Excellence in Game Design: Oliver Morris, designer of Gravity Maze

Excellence in Toy Design: Ian Bernstein, Adam Wilson, and Sphero team, inventors of Ollie

Rising Star Designer: Alice Taylor, designer of Makies [Read more...]

Laura Robinson to Host ChiTAG’s Toy and Fashion Show

LauraRobinsonProducer, actor, and game inventor Laura Robinson will host playCHIC, the innovative play-inspired fashion show, at the upcoming Chicago Toy & Game Fair. In addition, Robinson will serve as a keynote speaker at the Toy & Game Inventor Conference. Both events are part of Chicago Toy & Game Group’s (ChiTAG) annual week of toy and industry-related events.

PlayCHIC combines fashion with top toys during ChiTAG’s Chicago Toy & Game Week. In its third year, the runway show will pair couture designers with familiar toy and game brands to pioneer unexpected and creative designs.

Robinson is the co-owner of Out & About Productions LLC, partial creator of, and contributing producer for Celebrity Name Game, and previously starred in shows like Night Heat, Cheers, and Frasier. As a toy and game inventor, Robinson co-created the board game Balderdash in 1984, which has since has sold more than twenty million copies worldwide.

The 2014 playCHIC show will take place on November 20 at Alhambra Palace Restaurant in Chicago.

ChiTAG Group Brings Largest Toy and Game Inventor Event to Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGHosted by the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG), the International Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon) is a networking and educational opportunity in which both industry leaders and those looking to get involved in the industry and/or have their product licensed can come together to share key insights and ideas.

The conference, scheduled to take place on November 20 and 21 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, also includes the International Summit for Professional Inventors (I-SPI), and the Inventor Relations Summit (IRS), which is part of I-SPI. Attendees will have the chance to meet top executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, Ravensburger, NASA, Patch Products, and more.

At T&GCon, new inventors will have opportunities to show their ideas to dozens of toy and game industry companies. Meanwhile, at I-SPI, aspiring inventors can meet colleagues from around the world, experience new technology, meet with manufacturers in private offices, and more. Finally, at IRS, attendees can discover new ideas, products, and innovation from different inventors and companies, as well as discuss ways to strengthen both the inventor community and the industry as a whole.

Registration includes a ticket to PlayCHIC, the toy, game and entertainment brand-inspired fashion show on the evening of November 20, as well as a ticket to the Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. Interested parties can visit the official T&GCon site to register.