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TAGIE Awards Nominations
Open for Entries! Close August 20th! 


Are You an Innovator in Toy & Game Product Development, Marketing, PR, Retail, Design or Supplier? Then enter yourself or a colleague for a TAGIE! 


CHITAG/POP has always promoted innovation in all stages of development. For the past 14 years, we've hosted the TAGIEs to showcase the creativity and originality of our industry's innovators and to be recognized and celebrated by their peers from around the world for this extraordinary evening. Join us at the gala this year virtually or at one of the many watch parties around the globe! ! 

June 1st - Nominations Open

August 20th -  Nominations Close 
September 22nd - Top 10 nominees in each category announced HERE,
 public voting begins. 

October 30th - Voting closes

November 19th - Winners Announced at the TAGIEs! Don't Miss this Night!


  • Toy Innovator of the Year

  • Game Innovator of the Year

  • Rising Star Innovator of the Year

  • Young Innovator of the Year (under 18 years of age)

  • Innovative PR and Marketing Team of the Year

  • Innovative Art and Design Visuals of the Year 

  • Innovative Retailer of the Year

  • Innovative Supplier of the Year

  • Innovative License of the Year - NEW!!!

  • Game Changer of the Year - NEW!!!


  • In Memoriam Presentation - TBA 

  • Hassenfeld Family Initiatives Humanitarian Award - TBA

  • Game Changers of the Year 

  • Lifetime Achievement - TBA


  • Nominees must have product in retail channels this fall.

  • Product launched in past 12 months to early September (incl. 2020 soft launches).

  • You can nominate an person (or a team) for one or more categories.

  • You may submit multiple nominations for different people.

  • Don't be shy to nominate yourself! 

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the people bringing playthings to life! 

Are you an New or Pro Inventor, a Product Acquisition Executive, a Product Scout or a Design Student? You need to be a part of the world's largest Inventor and Innovator Conferences! 2021 info TBA. Here is what happened in 2021

The CHITAG/POP Advisory Board Reviews Submissions/Nominations:

  • John Barbour - Managing Partner Volta Capital

  • Karri Bean - Board Chair and Senior Manager, Licensing at Disney Park, Experiences and Consumer Products

  • Peggy Brown - Inventor, Playwright, Designer, Author, Filmmaker, Funmaker

  • Mary Couzin - President, Founder, Chicago Toy & Game Group

  • Robert Fuhrer - Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle

  • Richard Gill - Chief Explorer Monster, PlayMonster International

  • Adi Golad Founder and Managing Director of Goliath

  • Rachel Griffin - Vice President Public Relations, JAKKS Pacific

  • Alan Hassenfeld - Chairman, Exec. Committee, Hasbro; Chairman, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

  • Dave Harris - Director, Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Mattel

  • Dan Klitsner - Founder, KID Group

  • Matt Nuccio - President of DesignEdge

  • Phil Sage - Senior Director - Design & Development, iPlay, Hasbro

  • Gary Swisher – EVP Design Spin Master

  • Tanya Thompson - Director Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro

  • Tim Walsh - Co-Founder, Roo Games; Filmmaker, Author, Designer, Creative Consultant, The Playmakers

  • David Yakos - Creativity Director, Co-Owner, Salient Technologies

2018 TAGIE David Small and Paul Rago_edi
2018 TAGIEs Elizabeth Moody, Gary Pyper,
2018 TAGIEs Karri Bean and Dave Harris.j

Here's What Happened at the TAGIEs in 2020!

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Thank You to our TAGIE Awards Committee

Chair: Karri Bean - Senior Manager, Licensing at Disney Consumer Products,  Experiences and Consumer Products

Peggy Brown - Inventor, Playwright, Designer, Author, Filmmaker, Funmaker

Robert Fuhrer - Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle

Richard Gill - Chief Explorer Monster, PlayMonster International

Brent Rolland - Event Producer/DJ at Fig Media, Musician, Host/Producer: FANPOWER Game Shows

Robert Victor - Founder, Kite and Rocket Research

Tim Walsh - Co-Founder, Roo Games; Filmmaker, Author, Designer, Creative Consultant, The Playmakers

Kaye White - President of Visual Playthings

Harrison Brooks -  CEO (Chief Elevator Officer) of ElevatorUp and Data and Content Manager at CHITAG/POP

Mary Couzin - President, Chicago Toy & Game Group

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