Toy & Game Innovation Awards organisers urge the industry to get voting for 2019 event

The Chicago Toy and Game Group is urging the industry to get their nominations in for the best innovators, designers, retailers, PRs and marketers in the toy and game space before voting for this year’s Toy & Game Innovation Awards closes on August 15.

Winners will be honoured at an elegant and playful annual Gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week November 21 to 24, 2019.

The 2019 categories open for nomination 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 (under 18 years of age)

·       Innovative PR and Marketing Team of the Year

·       Art and Design Visuals of the Year

·       Innovative Retailer of the Year

There is no cost to nominate and people are encouraged to nominate themselves and others. The link to submit a nomination is here

Five finalists for each of the seven categories will be announced on September 16, at which time voting will open to the general public, media and industry.

Richard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel, will introduce this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honouree, Ivan Moscovich – a concentration camp survivor and one of the most prolific inventors in the industry, having licensed 111 puzzles, toys and games and written 69 books, many bestsellers, with three new books being released this year.

He was the founder and director of the Tel Aviv Science Museum, which was the inspiration for the San Francisco Exploratorium. It was at the Tel Aviv Science Museum, where he met Elliot and Ruth Handler, the founders of Mattel and designed the popular Brain Drain series for them.

The TAGIEs welcome a new host this year in the form of Karri Bean, senior licensing manager, Disney Parks Experiences and Products, while the keynote will be given by toy industry leader JoAnn McLaughlin, SVP-hardlines product development at Disney Parks Experiences and Products.

McLaughlin is responsible for delivering product innovation and development for licensed products, for all Disney brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas and other products.

A separate committee of industry experts are meeting to determine honourees for the TAGIE In Memoriam Presentation and Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award.

Mattel has been named the event’s presenting sponsor, while other sponsors include Hasbro, The Michael Kohner Corporation, Oxford Games, Cartamundi, ASTRA, The Toy Association, Longshore, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives and more to be announced.

“The TAGIE nominations recognise the most innovative individuals and teams from around the world who spend countless hours inventing, designing, creating, marketing to bring ideas for toys and games to life that bring joy and connect us to one another,” said Mary Couzin, founder and president, Chicago Toy & Game Group.

“The awards Gala brings together everyone for an elegant evening celebrating these industry innovators for their vision, spirit of fun, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”

The TAGIEs Gala will take place Friday, November 22, 2019 with an evening of entertainment that includes cocktail hour, a seated dinner, awards programme, music by Skip Towne and the Greyhounds and Toy Train Wreck.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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