Chicago Toy and Game Group to host the 14th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

 The Chicago Toy and Game Group is to host its annual Young Inventor Challenge (YIC), marking the 14th year of running its a global search for the most innovative toys and games designed by kids.

Offering the coveted opportunity to enter into licensing deals with toy and game industry giants, the annual competition is sponsored by PlayMonster, Spin Master and Goliath/Pressman.

The Young Inventor Challenge provides a forum for children ages six to 18 to present original toy and game inventions to industry professionals, the media and consumers. The deadline for online registration is October 31, 2019. The deadline to submit all entry materials is November 11, 2019.

Hosted by the Chicago Toy & Game Group, the goal of the Young Inventors Challenge is to inspire creativity and innovation and to provide mentorship to students in the process. All entrants will receive scores and written feedback from seasoned product development, acquisition, innovation and marketing professionals following the event.

Prizes total $5,000 in scholarships plus the possibility of having a submitted idea developed and distributed in partnership with leading toy and game manufacturers. Last year’s winners and finalists entered licensing and distribution deals with PlayMonster, Goliath/Pressman and Target.

To enter, young inventors are required to provide a toy or game project description, prototype, photos and a pitch video. Judging is split into two categories, Junior (ages six to 10) and Senior (ages 11 to 18).

One Junior and one Senior Winner will be selected in each of the following categories:

  • Most Creative Concept
  • Best Game Concept
  • Best Playful Learning Concept
  • Most Marketable
  • Best Presentation

 Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the CHITAG Fair at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, following online and in-person judging. With the addition of video participation, entrants need not attend CHITAG to be eligible to win.

“Kids are naturally inventive and the Young Inventor Challenge celebrates the imagination and creativity of youth,” said Alicia Alexander, director of the Young Inventor Challenge. “It also provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be mentored by leaders in the toy and game industry, with some entries being developed and distributed by top toy and game manufacturers.”

 The judges and mentors for the Young Inventors Challenge comprise nearly 100 professionals whom have volunteered their time to foster the next generation. The panel includes industry leaders and representatives from top companies, including Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Target.

The 2019 Young Inventor Challenge main sponsors are PlayMonster, Spin Master and Goliath/Pressman, with supporting sponsors including Yulu, Toy Association, United Inventors Association and Lethal Chicken.

To learn more and register for the Young Inventor Challenge visit For more information about CHITAG Week November 21-24, 2019, visit or follow @ChiTAGWeek on social media.

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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