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November 7th - 10th, 2024

Toy & Game Inventors & Designers,  Product Acquisition Execs, Innovators, Marketers, Entrepreneurs and Newcomers!

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November 9th, 2024

Show your game or toy idea to major toy companies, receive valuable feedback on your invention, and maybe even win prizes and have it considered for publishing! 



November 8th, 2024

Public, Social & Traditional Media, Toy & Game Trade Industry all Celebrating the People behind the most innovative products and companies of the year!


CHICAGO TOY & GAME FAIR® (Consumer Show)

November 9th-10th, 2024

Families & People of All Ages to Play, Young Inventor Challenge Entrants, Social & Traditional Media, Toy & Game, Trade, Toy & Game Fair Exhibitors

Join Our People of Play® (POP) Platform!!! 

Do you want to find people/companies/products & do you want to them to find you? Get listed in the only database dedicated to the toy and game industry!

You can search and be found, gain access to premium content, enjoy the POP Pub for networking, get access to industry events to further your business, and more! ​Search companies, individuals and products by roles, skills, location, product, suppliers, awards, promotions and more! The POP Database is your access point to vital and immediate connections and information! There are already over 2,500 profiles and we're just getting started! 


What are you waiting for? We've got the most powerful platform in our industry! Join here:

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Why should you attend People of Play® Week?

““I look forward to the People of Play Inventor Conference and the TAGIEs every year, but I have to say that this year was the best one yet! The toy and game community is an amazing group of people and Mary and this event have a way of amplifying all that is great about it. Where else can creators, inventors, manufacturers, retailers, and toy & game companies all come together for a few days in November to learn, share cool ideas and, if lucky, make that connection that leads to the next big thing? The energy is just so positive, and it reminds us of how lucky we are to do what we do. The POP inventor conference is not just about feeling good and celebrating our great industry though. It’s an essential component of Hasbro’s external innovation strategy.” - Angus Walker, Hasbro "

--Angus Walker, Head of Inventor Relations & External Innovationat Hasbro

The Mattel Games team is always excited to attend POP each year and look for new games to bring to market.  Our focus is primarily on fostering new relationships by meeting with inventors we have not worked with before, but of course we love to see our existing inventor partners as well.  Game pitches, great conversations, meeting new people – we look forward to it every year and it always delivers."  -Dave Harris, Mattel

-Dave Harris, Senior Director, Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Mattel, Inc.

“The Chicago Toy and Game Fair was a phenomenal showcase of creativity and innovation where every corner was filled with the joy of play and imagination just like our brand."

--Cami Croasdale, Director of Marketing Communications at Gel Blaster

“One of the first purchases we made as a new design studio was to sign up for a full POP Pro membership. The relationships we have made, the lessons learned and ultimately the deals we have signed as a result of our involvement with POP has paid for itself many many times over. It could cost 10x as much and still be a deal!” you, if interested or dealing in the toy, game and gift area, you check out POP."

--Jordan Goddard, Co-Founder, Indy Toy Lab

"Have you heard? There is a new place for all things toys and it is POP (People of Play). I have attended meetings virtually, have spoken at events and love the interaction participants have. Including new acquaintances, informed topic speakers and students looking for guidance. I strongly urge you, if interested or dealing in the toy, game and gift area, you check out POP."

-Rick Derr,  Regional Manager and owner at Toy Retailer Learning Express Toys.

Also the President of the Franchise Advisory Council representing all LE stores.

"Thank YOU for creating the best and biggest sandbox out there and making it possible for all of us to play together, no matter where we live.  You foster a community that is positive and supportive and for me that is EVERYTHING!!! "   

- Elizabeth Werner, TV Host/Lifestyle Expert

"POP Week is a high point of the year to meet and speak with inventors from around the globe in an amazing, innovative and supportive environment. It is the only toy and game fair offering a combination of new and experienced inventors, learning and networking opportunities.”   

- Rich Mazel, Vice President of Innovation at Spin Master

"POP Week - It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!.”   

- Shannon Swindle, Inventor Relations Manager, Games at Moose Toys

"Amazing show! The caliber of people and inventions were simply outstanding. The location is perfect! So convenient and affordable! Well done!"   

- Erik Quam, Vice President of New Product and Business Development at Smart Toys

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