Time is running out to nominate the very best innovators, designers, retailers, public relations and marketers in the toy and game industry.
Nominations for the 2019 Toy and Game Innovation Awards, known as the TAGIEs, close in just one week’s time on 15 August. Winners will be honoured at an elegant and playful annual gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week, heled 21-14 November.
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), Innovative PR and Marketing Team of the Year, Art and Design Visuals of the Year, and Innovative Retailer of the Year.
There is no cost to nominate and people are encouraged to nominate themselves and others HERE
Five finalists for each of the seven categories will be announced on September 16th, at which time voting will open to the general public, media and industry.
Mary Couzin, Founder and President, Chicago Toy & Game Group, says: “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. The awards gala brings together everyone for an elegant evening celebrating these industry innovators for their vision, spirit of fun, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”
Karri Bean, Senior Licensing Manager, Disney Parks Experiences & Products, will lead the evening’s proceedings this year, with a keynote delivered by colleague JoAnn McLaughlin, SVP-Hardlines Product Development at Disney Parks Experiences & Products, who is responsible for product development and innovation in licensed products across all Disney brands.
Richard Dickson, President and COO of Mattel, will introduce this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Ivan Moscovich, an industry legend and prolific inventor of 111 puzzles, toys and games. He’s also 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, where he met Elliot and Ruth Handler, the founders of Mattel, and designed the popular Brain Drain series for them.
The TAGIEs Gala will take place Friday, 22 November.