The Chicago Toy & Game Group’s Innovation Conference will feature keynote speakers Kathleen Campisano (VP GMM Toys, Games, Hobby & Collectibles at Barnes & Noble), Andy Roo Forrest (Partner, Forrest-Pruzan Creative), Jim McCafferty (Owner, JMP Creative), Tim Walsh (Chief Playmaker, The Playmakers), and Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science, NASA Headquarters). [Read more...]
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) partnered with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes play for kids of all abilities. This year, ChiTAG will open its doors an hour early for these kids and their families, giving them free admission and an exclusive experience before the fair opens up to the general public. [Read more...]
The winners include senior category first-place winner Steven Huetteman, age 11 and senior category second-place winners Nathaniel Grgurina and Kodo Elder, both 17 years old. The junior category first-place winner is Kedar Narayann, while Athena Gottleib, age 6, took home the second place prize. The People’s Choice awards went to Malik Haleem, age 9, and Miguel Segovia, age 10. [Read more...]
The honorees for the eighth annual Toy and Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards are in and will be presented at the TAGIE awards gala on November 20 at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This year, the awards ceremony has a storytelling theme, and excellence will be recognized in The Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award, In Memoriam, and Lifetime Achievement Award categories.
The Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago for their contribution to empower at risk youth. The In Memoriam Award will honor Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin, the co-founders of Wham-O, who also created the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Richard Maddocks for his toy inventions. [Read more...]
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) has entered into a partnership with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting play for children of all abilities. This year, the Lekotek Super Power Sensory Hour will allow families who have children with special needs to attend the ChiTAG fair an hour earlier than the general public.
WIT is a premier sponsor of PlayCHIC, the industry’s annual play-inspired fashion show. The event pairs couture fashion designers with toy and games brands to create runway looks, and this year’s show will feature a WIT-inspired look.
On November 21, WIT will celebrate the Rising Star Award nomination of organization president and Brandberry Inc. founder, Ashley Mady, at the 7th annual TAGIE Awards. The celebration honors toy and game inventors worldwide, and will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Mady is nominated for her work with the Wicked Cool Toys brand, Crashlings, which she co-invented.
WIT’s Wake Up With WIT breakfast networking event will be held on November 22. Building product for today’s market, going for a TV licensed property, the power of mentorship, and business empowering girls are some of the topics to be discussed. The breakfast is open to WIT members and non-members, aimed at professional men and women in the toy, games, licensing, and entertainment industries. [Read more...]
London-based indie toy developer MakieLab is bringing its Makie dolls to its U.S. The dolls will debut at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from November 22 to 23. Makies, an alternative to mass-produced fashion dolls, are the world’s first safety-certified 3-D printed toy at retail.
No two Makies are alike. With 3-D printing technology, each doll’s hand-crafted face is built individually for its new owner. Makies also emphasize hands-on making and crafting skills, healthy body shape, and expressive individuality.
Customers can build their own Makie at mymakie.com and receive their custom 10-inch doll in two weeks. When building the doll, customers can choose the gender, skin and eye color, hair style, and clothing of the doll. Additional accessories are available for purchase.
Hosted 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.
This year’s playCHIC advisory board is brand-new as the most stylish part of The Chicago Toy & Game Group’s (ChiTAG) Toy & Game Week is returning for the third time. playCHIC is a runway show that combines fashion with top toys.
This year’s playCHIC elite advisory board includes Anna van Slee, this year’s director of playCHIC and co-founder of Otherdoor Entertainment; Alison Ray, managing editor and founder of sassymomsinthecity.com; Gwen Austin, founder of RC Art Toys; Joan Severance, acclaimed model, actress, and game developer, who also walked in last year’s playCHIC fashion show; Mary Couzin, CEO and founder of ChiTAG; Moira Tuffy, who has developed brand identities and executed events for clients; and Peach Carr, self-taught Chicago designer on the eighth season of Project Runway and the second iteration of Project Runway: All Stars.
The 2014 playCHIC fashion show will hit the catwalk on Thursday, November 20.