The winners of the 10th annual TAGIE Awards have been revealed at a gala on Navy Pier, Chicago on Saturday night.
Attended by influential industry figures and sponsored by the likes of Hasbro, Mattel, Lego and Cartamundi, the awards honoured innovation and excellence in products and included a keynote address by Gary Swisher, SVP of inventor relations and head of gaming for Mattel.
The show concluded with Lifetime Achievement Awards being given to industry legends, Judy Blau of J. Hope Designs and Adi Golad, founder of Goliath Games.
Undoubtedly the most memorable moment of the night came when the young inventors of Ship of Treasures, Olivia Wasilewski and Brynna Siewers, surprised fellow honoree, Lurie Children’s Hospital, with checks on behalf of themselves and Pressman Toy.
The young game inventors donated a percentage of the proceeds of the game’s sale to the Hospital in memory of a fellow elementary school classmate, Sophie Shields, who tragically died earlier this year of cancer.
The 2017 TAGIE Awards and Gala were presented by Mattel, Hasbro, LEGO, Spin Master, The Michael Kohner Corporation, Longshore Limited, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives with additional sponsors including Peggy Brown Creative, Cartamundi and McGill and Associates.
See the full list of winners below.
GAME INVENTOR OF THE YEAR
Don Ullman and Steve Calhoun, Soggy Doggy
Fuse – Oliver Morris, Roller Coaster Challenge
Jim McCafferty and JMP Creative team, Catch the Fox
KID Group, Ultra Dash
Seven Towns, Ltd., Who’s the Dude?
Top Notch Toys, Fantastic Gymnastics
TOY INVENTOR OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by LEGO)
David Small and Paul Rago of Shoot the Moon, BB8
Bang Zoom Design, Barbie on the Go
Desinbytouch, Nerf Nitro
Ronen Horovitz, Play Doh Touch
Ruth Green-Synowic, Paint-Sation
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Joyce Sprau, Flower Fairies Secret Garden
Brady Peterson, Groovy Blocks
Brian Gomez (Egils Grasmanis, Edgars Zakis, Janis Grunte, Reinis Butans), Ice Cool
Dominic Yard, Thomas Adventures Sea Monster Pirate Set & Shark Escape Play Set
Thijmen de Schipper, Spy Code Break Free
INNOVATIVE ARTS & VISUALS OF THE YEAR
Rory O’Connor and Anita Murphy, The Extraordinaires Design Studio
Funnybone Toys, Whim, Akin, Spirot, Spectracube, Anaxi, and others
MGA Entertainment, Inc., L.O.L. Surprise! Collectible Dolls
INNOVATIVE MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Spin Master, Hatchimals
Mattel, Dads Who Play Barbie
Hasbro, Nerf’s Dude Perfect
Marektoy, Klask and Bonk
PlayMonster, Ultra Dash
YOUNG INVENTOR OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Mattel)
Olivia Wasilewski and Brynna Siewers, Ship of Treasures
Samaira Mehta, CoderBunnyz
Shay Bhattessa Sharma, Football Billionaire Limited
Sydney and Toni Loew, Poketti Plushies with Pocket Powers
In addition to the winners determined through nominations and public voting, honors were given in the following closed categories:
Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award – Lurie Children’s Hospital
Inventor Advocate – Lisa Guili, General Manager of Educational Insights
Lifetime Achievement (Hasbro) – Judy Blau of J. Hope Designs
Lifetime Achievement (Sponsored by The Michael Kohner Corporation)
Adi Golad, Founder and Managing Director of Goliath