Time is fast running out for nominations for this year’s Toy and Game Innovation Awards, the event that celebrates innovators, designers and marketers across the toy and game industry.
Nominations for the awards – known as the TAGIEs – close on Wednesday, August 15 ahead of the Chicago Toy and Game Week in November, where the winners will be announced.
The 2018 categories now open for nominations by all members of the toy and gaming industry include Toy Inventor of the Year, Game Inventor of the Year, Rising Star Inventor of the Year, Young Inventor of the Year, Innovative Marketing Team of the Year and Art and Design Visuals of the Year.
Five finalists for each of the six categories will be announced on September 17, at which time voting will open to the general public, media and industry.
A separate committee of industry experts will determine the honorees for the following TAGIEs categories: Start-Up Award, Inventor Advocate, Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award and Lifetime Achievement.
“The TAGIE nominations recognise the special individuals and teams from around the world who spend countless hours inventing, designing and bringing ideas for toys and games to life that everyone enjoys and that connects us to one another,” said Mary Couzin, founder and chief executive officer, Chicago Toy and Game Group.
“The awards gala brings together everyone for an elegant evening celebrating these industry creative for their vision, spirit of fun, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”
The TAGIEs ceremony takes place on Friday, November 16 this year.
Winners and honorees of the 2017 TAGIEs include the likes of Toy Inventor of the Year winner David Small and Paul Rago for BB8 and Barbie Dance Horse, Game Inventor of the Year Don Ullman and Steve Calhoun for Soggy Doggy and Rising Star of the Year Joyce Sprau for Flower Fairies Secret Garden.