ChiTAG readies ninth annual Young Inventor Challenge

Over 200 entries from across North America will be evaluated based on innovation, creativity, appeal, and presentation style.
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The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is preparing to welcome a raft of budding toy designers to its Young Inventor Challenge next week.

Now in its ninth year, the Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master, encourages those aged six to 18 to invent their own toy or game and present it “science fair style” to a panel of toy and game industry judges at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

The event takes place on November 21st, 2015, with official judging between 10:00am and 2:00pm, and winners announced on stage at 5:00pm.

Over 200 entries from across North America will be evaluated based on innovation, creativity, appeal, and presentation style.

“We are proud to carry on this meaningful initiative with ChiTAG, where the primary focus is to inspire a child’s imagination,” said Krista DiBerardino, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Spin Master.

“The Young Inventor Challenge not only provides an incredible platform for kids to showcase their vision but also fuels their passion for creating innovative toys and games, which is at the heart of what we do at Spin Master.”

Prizes provided by the event’s presenting partner, Spin Master, includes Zoomer Kitty, Legendary Yoda, Air Hogs Millennium Falcon, Meccano and Meccanoid.

First place winners will also receive a VIP dinner with play industry experts, and a trip to New York Toy Fair 2016 where they will will present an award at the Toy Of The Year awards.

“Every year, I am so inspired by the kids’ creativity,” said Julie Blake, director of the Young Inventor Challenge. 

“We have seen some truly innovative ideas from our young inventors, and I can’t wait to see what they will come up with this year.”

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