TAGIEs - Celebrating the Makers of Play!
2014 Toy & Game Innovation Awards
The TAGIEs are an elegant and playful evening gala that brings together industry leaders from inventors to manufacturers to retailers as well as the public for a celebratory evening of innovators and inventors from around the world.
The Toy & Game Innovation Awards are voted on by industry experts, retailers and consumers to recognize recipients for excellence in various categories. The TAGIEs also recognize the teams the inventors worked with at the companies that brought their ideas to life. This collaboration and inventiveness has resulted in the most fun and entertaining play products on the market today. We also honor to those inventor greats who stand out in the toy industry for their exceptionally innovative spirit of fun, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.
2014 TAGIEs Stage
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Michael Kohner, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Brendan Boyle - 2014 Keynote Speaker
2014 TAGIEs Winners
Adam Wilson and Ian Bernstein, Sphero
Toy Innovator 2014
Oliver Morris, Fuse
Game Innovator 2014
Alice Taylor, MakieLab
Rising Star 2014
Invented Exploding Kittens
Invented Malia’s Beach House
Invented the Millenium Falcon
2014 Keynote and TAGIEs Honorees
Invented Two Bros Bows
Presentor: Marc Rosenberg
Dan and his partners have created products such as Bop It, HyperGames, PC Playsets, Perplexus and so much more!
Music provided by Skip Towne and the Grehounds, Chicago's #1 Blues Band! The band's music is hard-driving, heartfelt, classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time Rockin’ Blues.
Award presented by Bruce Lund, a former Humanitarian recipient himself, to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring organization focused on high quality, long term outcomes for children
Presented by Bob Moog, President of University Games, and accepted by Chuck Knerr. Richard and Spud Invented the Frisbee, the Hula Hoop, the Super Ball, Silly String, Slip-N-Slide, Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board
7th Annual TAGIE Awards (2014)
Introduction to Keynote:
Phil Sage, Hasbro
Brendan Boyle, IDEO
Winner: Oliver Morris, Fuse
Presenter: Leslie Scott, Oxford Games
Dan Klitsner & KID Group and Hasbro Design Team
Ro Annis and BMT Toys
Winner: Alice Taylor, MakieLab
Presenter: Larry Roznai, Mayfair Games
Julie Gibbs and Mary Barney
2014 Recipient for Toy Design
Winner: Adam Wilson and Ian Bernstein, Sphero
Presenter: Ed Desmond, Toy Industry Association
Bang Zoom Design
Nick Grisolia Pete Greelney
2014 Recipient for Character Creation
Accepting: Brian Chapman
Winner: Lyla Black, Lyla Tov Monsters
Presenter: Julie Blake, Director of ChiTAG Young Inventor Challenge and Ben Dermer of Spin Master
Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives
Diane and Quintin Primo, Primo Center for Women and Children
Presenters: Richard Boykin and Ellen Hassenfeld Block
Presenter: Marc Rosenberg, SkyBluePink Concepts
Presenter: Wai Or, Longshore Ltd.
Accepted by Michael Kohner