2020 TOY & GAME INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION SUMMIT
Global Connections - Comprehensive Content - Entertainment!
VIRTUALLY YOURS NOVEMBER 16TH - 20TH
Companies who participated in 2019. We expect more in 2020!
Pitch ideas, connect, get feedback and information
Find new products, distributors, PR agency, suppliers and more
THIS IS THE EVENT & PLATFORM FOR YOU!
Thank you to our Sponsors
"CHITAG’s Inventor Conferences are timed optimally. There is no better time of year for inventors to pitch ideas to us!"
– Ben Dermer, SVP Creative Development and Innovation. Deputy Creative Officer, Spin Master Ltd.
"I’m looking forward to virtual CHITAG's People of Play Week this year! We won’t be seeing each other in February, or for the foreseeable future, so I’m thinking this is the main event that will not be missed."
– Troy Fischer, Managing Director, Fishco Innovation
"I love the CHITAG events! They're extremely well run with a great amount of thought put into them."
– Carly McGinnis, Chief Operating Officer at Exploding Kittens
Your Registration includes ALL of the below and below PLUS a profile page on our new People of Play Platform, which is takes the best of Linkedin + IMDb.com + Match.com. This is special introductory pricing - DO NOT MISS OUT AND DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER!
2020 Virtual Keynotes: Leaders & Legends! More TBA!
Consultant, Prior: CEO & Chairman of Mattel
Executive Chairman at Mixed Dimensions
Prior: CEO of Sega America, Leapfrog and Mattel
Advisor, Prior: President of
Alex Brands, ToysRUs, Mattel,
Fisher-Price, Tyco Preschool
Chairman Executive Committee, Hasbro
President and COO, Hasbro
Founder, Oxford Games
Inventor of Jenga and more
Chief Consumer Officer,
Managing Partner, Volta Capital
Prior: CEO or President of
Leapfrog, ToysRUs, OddzOn, Real Networks-Games Div.
Founder & President of Toylab
Inventor of Game of Life, 1-2-3 Roller Skates and much more!
Founder of Eddy & Martin Goldfarb & Assoc., Inventor of Yakity Yak Teeth, Kerplunk and more!
Founder, Managing Director
Virtual Conference Speakers! More TBA!
Co-Owner and Creative Director, Design Edge
Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle
Senior Licensing Manager, Disney Parks Experiences & Products
Senior Vice President
Brilliant PR & Marketing
President, Brilliant PR & Marketing
Owner, The Game Aisle and Brainy Chick
Vice President of New Business,
President, Peggy Brown Creative
Co-Founder & President
Vice President Int'l, PlayMonster
General Manager, Educational Insights
Co-Founder, Roo Games; Founder, The Playmakers
President of Goliath North America
Director Global Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro
Inventor of Phase 10 and more!
President, LITZKY PUBLIC RELATIONS
Owner/Principal, RBG Sales
President of West Coast Innovations (Invention and Product Development)
EVP of Design, Spin Master
Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations and Partnerships,
Head Of Global Marketing
Rubik's Brand Ltd
Specialty Sales Rep Partner
Erin Griffin Group
SVP, Global Trends Dubit
President, Diverse Marketing
President, The Toy Coach
Head of New Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations, Jazwares
Editor – Toy & Hobby Retailer (Australia)
Editor TOYS 1st Steps magazine (Germany)
Licensing & New Business Director
Publisher, Toy World Magazine (UK)
Marketing Communications Lead - Radio Flyer
Senior Editor, The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider
Co-Owner, BGN Sales Group, LLC
Manager of Corporate & Influencer Partnerships, Best Friends Animal Society
Co-Founder Evergreen Board Game Studio
Marketing Manager, The Op Games
Enterprise Innovation and Inventor Relations Manager Mattel
Mary Jo Reutter
President, You-Betcha Interactive
Game Design Manager, USAopoly
President and CEO, JMP Creative
Editor, Nación Juguetes
Manager, Broadway Toys
UK Managing Director, Asmodee
Co-Founder, PlayWise Partners, LLC
Principal, Master Toy Advisors
Principal, Landmark IP
Executive Vice President, Freeman Public Relations
CEO, Carve Communications
Senior Director: Product Development, Design & Inventor Relations, Hasbro
President, Revenew Sales
President, Two Bit Circus
Senior Director, Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Mattel
Director, Big Ideas
Senior Director, Global Product Acquisition, Hasbro
President, Toyology Inc
Director, BMO Capital Markets
CEO/ Global Trend Hunter, ToyTrends and Co-President ITMA (Int'l Toy Trade Magazine Asso.)
President, TAP Marketing
Consumer Research, Jefferies
Director, Product Development
Funko Games, Prospero Hall
VP, Director Brand Partnerships
The Marketing Store
Director of Inventor Relations
& International Sales
Digital Marketing Manager
Fat Brain Toys
Co-founder and Product Development Adviser, Identity Games
Founder & CEO, Ludilo
CEO, North America, HABA
Content Creator, The Dice Tower, To Die for Games, Salt and Sass Games
Publisher Services, Inc
Designer Director, Hasbro Playmakers
Co-Founder, Misty Robotics
Betty Skoke Burns
Owner, Angelina's Toy Boutique
President, Learning Express Lake Zurich
Chief Creative, Studio Big Rock
CEO, Mastermind Toys
Chief Creation at Identity Games
Stephan Van Hacht
Managing Director, MegaBleu
Your Registration includes ALL of the above and below PLUS a profile page on our new People of Play Platform, which is takes the best of Linkedin + IMDb.com + Match.com. This is special introductory pricing - DO NOT MISS OUT AND DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER!
Virtual Conference Sessions
Monday, November 16th – Basics
9:00am Keynote: Mattel 75 Years and Fisher-Price 90 Years – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with current and past Mattel Presidents: Richard Dickson moderates with panelists Jill Barad, Tom Kalinske and Neil Friedman
10:00am: Who, What, Where, Terms, Acronyms and More
11:00am: Licensing Your Ideas: Perspectives for Individuals and Companies
12:00pm: Pitch like a Pro to Manufacturers and Retailers
1:00pm: Inventing for an Invention House vs as an Independent
2:00pm: Being an Inventor within a Corporate Design Department
3:00pm: Resources for Building Your Business
Tuesday, November 17th – Retail
9:00am Keynote: Hasbro
10:00am: What are Mass Retailers Looking For?
11:00am: “Leading Innovation at Specialty Retail
12:00pm: Connecting with Retailers Worldwide
1:00pm: Working with Reps in US
2:00pm: Getting into Worldwide Markets: Licensing vs. Distribution
3:00pm: Toy Safety and Product Testing
Wednesday, November 18th – Entertainment Tie-ins
9:00am Keynote: Spin Master Founders Anton Rabie and Ben Varadi
10:00am: Movie and Product Tie-Ins
11:00am: Digital-Play in a Post Pandemic World
12:00pm: Partnerships with Fast Food and More!
1:00pm: Celebrities and Twitch Streaming for Tabletop Games
2:00pm: The Growth of Hobby Games and Fandom
3:00pm: Digital and Physical Cross-over in Games and the Integration of Technology
Thursday, November 19th – Marketing, PR and Social Media
9:00am Keynote: Adi Golad (Goliath, Netherlands) and Gerry Crown (Crown & Andrews, Australia)
10:00am: Public Relations Has Changed!
11:00am: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Brands, Companies and Inventors
12:00pm: Working with Influencers
1:00pm: Inventor and Tabletop Media Networks
2:00pm: Global Perspective: Future of Toy Fairs and International Markets
3:00pm: Activism and Inclusion in our Industry
Friday, November 20th – Trends, Future of Play
9:00 Keynote: Industry Trends and the Future of Play with John Barbour and special guests.
10:00am: State of the Industry Worldwide
11:00am: Logistics, Supply Chains and Manufacturing – Where is it Going (literally)
12:00pm: Design Trends – Products and Packaging
1:00pm: How to Protect Your Brand from MAP Violations, Counterfeits, Gray-Market Forces
2:00pm: Post U.S. Election - What's Next?
3:00pm: Reuben Klamer and Eddy Goldfarb – Two TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Honorees, 150+ combined years of inventing and friendship. Bea Pardo moderates
Toy & Game International Excellence Awards – The TAGIEs!
Move over Oscars, Emmy's, CMA... the Toy and Game International Excellence Awards are taking the VIRTUAL center stage! This is a must attend event to celebrate your fellow toy industry colleagues at the 13th annual TAGIE Awards! Experience it from the comfort of your home and share the excitement with friends and family! It’s a must “tune in” event where Everyone is invited! Awards, funny stunts, and more!! Hosted by Karri Bean, Sr. Licensing Manager for LEGO at Disney Parks Experiences & Products. Honoring Norm and Arlene Fabricant, Alan Roach, Erno Rubik as well as our innovative nominees!
Keynote - JoAnn McLaughlin, SVP-Hardlines Product Development, Disney Parks Experiences & Products
Introduction - Jesse Falcon, Director of Merchandising at Marvel Entertainment
After Party – POP’s Got Talent
Hosts: Robert Fuhrer, President of Nextoy, and David Fuhrer, Managing Director of BlueSquare Innovations will emcee random acts of skill and silliness by many infamous members of our industry
Saturday and Sunday November 21st-22nd, 2020 – Chicago Toy & Game Fair
Spanning eight virtual stages/channels, there’s something for everyone!
Your Registration includes ALL of the above PLUS a profile page on our new People of Play Platform, which is takes the best of Linkedin + IMDb.com + Match.com. This is special introductory pricing - DO NOT MISS OUT AND DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER!
What Past Attendees had to Say...
“It’s an annual rite of passage for our industry. Keep doing a great job bringing the community together and promoting the spirit of play.”
– John Bell, Director of Product Design & Development,
"I attended CHITAG for the first time, and thought it was a fantastic event. It was great to connect with peers and learn from the quality talks. Look forward to attending next time!"
– Gabby Toniolo, Bella Products, Australia
The Innovation Conferences are a must for anyone - inventors or company people - in the toy and game industry. The information you'll learn, the pitching and the networking is incredible. Mary and her team are to be congratulated; there is nothing else like it in the world!"
– Tanya Thompson, Hasbro
We are not mere creators of trinkets and insignificant baubles and playthings. we are the toymakers, the shamans, the wizards, the blacksmiths, the court jesters and sometimes even the town fool, and what we do – the toys that we create, contribute to the ever-evolving ever-advancing forward motion of the civilized world.”
– Bruce Lund
"This event makes me fall in love with the Toy & Game Industry each year!"
– Megan Hinterman Kanous, PSI, Inc.
"I don't think I have learned more about the Toy Biz since?... ever. I didn't want it to end."
– Carle Wunderlich, Best of Best Toys, Inc.
Thank you for putting on such an informative and comprehensive conference and show. ChiTAG is an excellent way to meet fellow inventors. Our company, 1015 Creative, grew out of it. Michael Adams and I met each other three years ago and within a year we were working together. In October of last year we formed 1015 Creative, LLC with Damon Brown, bringing together a combined history of over 25 licensed games and 80 years of experience in game design, illustration and product development. Our new company of successful inventors collaborating together debuted at the 2016 ChiTAG show. We owe our success to the event and environment you have created."
– Eric Foster, Principal at 1015 Creative, LLC.
Chicago Toy & Game Week’s Professional Inventors Track is not just fertile ground for making the connections necessary to do business, it’s the annual gathering of the inventor tribe. In the whole wide world, there’s not a better place for independent toy and game inventors to go to catch up with each other, build friendships and strategic alliances, and spend quality time engaged with others who truly understand the nuances of the toy and game invention industry and share the common goal of expanding and improving our business opportunities. No other convention compares in personal warmth, richness of content, generosity of information sharing, and glorious un-rushed bubbles of quiet time to meet in depth and set a well-considered course right before the show season swings into hyper-warp mode and calm clarity morphs into frazzle."
– Peggy Brown of Peggy Brown Creative
"Mary, you and your team throw one heck of an innovation conference! It was a fantastic experience with a great group of people in the inventor community worldwide who are so clearly passionate about what they do and collaborative in spirit. Great keynotes/speakers, too!"