Source: Chicago Toy & Game Group/The Toy Book

The Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG) is reinventing its TAGIE Awards by expanding the platform with new meaning.

The Toy & Game Innovation Awards have been renamed the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards, keeping the TAGIE designation while broadening its scope to honor innovators, designers, and marketers in the toy and game industry. The change celebrates the international reach of the ChiTAG community, which includes members from more than 150 countries.

This year also sees the addition of a new category for Most Innovative Supplier. Inspired by the creativity that has been forced by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new category seeks to honor individuals and companies that have stepped up to lead in challenging times.

Nominations for the awards are being accepted through Aug. 15.

2020 TAGIE Categories Include:

  • Toy Innovator of the Year;
  • Game Innovator of the Year;
  • Rising Star Innovator of the Year;
  • Young Inventor of the Year;
  • Innovative Art and Visuals of the Year;
  • Innovative PR & Marketing Team of the Year;
  • and Most Innovative Retailer Award

The top 10 finalists from each category will be announced on Sept. 15 when voting opens to the general public, media, and industry.

The nominees will be revealed during a virtual event with a “celebration” theme. Full details on the event will be announced in a few weeks.

Karri Bean, senior manager, licensing at Disney Parks, Experiences, Products returns to host the TAGIEs for a second year. The keynote speaker will be JoAnn McLaughlin, senior vice president of hardlines product development, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products.

In keeping with the event’s celebratory theme, the virtual program will honor milestone anniversaries.

Anniversaries to be Celebrated:

Visit the TAGIEs official site for more details and to submit nominations.