The Chicago Toy & Game Group is re-branding under the name People of Play. Led by Mary Couzin, the founder of Chicago Toy & Game Group in 2003, People of Play will continue the mission of promoting innovation, creativity, and connectivity in the toy and games industry.
The organisation is known for championing toy and game innovators across the globe, as well as celebrating their achievements at industry events including CHITAG Week, the Innovation Conferences, the Young Inventor Challenge, and the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards.
“While Chicago continues to be our homebase, we believe the name People of Play better describes the vast reach of our organization,” said Couzin. “Over the last two decades, CHITAG has grown to connect tens of thousands of incredible inventors, brands, distributors, retailers, PR agencies, suppliers, media and influencers from all over the world. We believe community is at the heart of this organization and People of Play will continue to be a leader in fostering an environment of support and collaboration.”
The organization’s inaugural event, CHITAG Presents People of Play Week kicks off Monday, November 16th with a virtual line-up of workshops, awards and entertainment.
The schedule of events includes the Toy & Game Innovation Summit running Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20. Headlining the conference will be the Leaders and Legends talks with top performers in the space, includng Richard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel, Jill Barad, known for setting Barbie on a trajectory of success with the WE Girls campaign in the ’80s, and Reuben Klamer, invenotr of more than 200 products, including the classic Fisher-Price Preschool Trainer Skates and Hasbro’s Game of Life.
This will be followed by the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards (TAGIES), running on Friday, November 20th.
Some of the highlights of this year’s virtual show include: Honoring Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Norman and Arlene Fabricant for Celebration of Life and Lifetime Achievement, and awarding TAGIEs in 8 categories including Toy and Game Innovators of the Year, Rising Star and new category, Most Innovative Supplier.