2022 Inventor & Innovation Conferences In-Person!
Buyers see today. Marketers see over the horizon. Innovators across all tribes of our industry see other dimensions - that's you! Don't Miss Out - Limited Space!

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These are companies that participated in-person in 2019, we expect even more in 2022! 

Connect and Pitch at Largest and Longest Running Toy & Game Inventor/Innovation Event Worldwide
Four Conference Tracks Tailored to Your Needs

November 17-19 (new inventors/design students)  and November 17-20 (pro track) 

"CHITAG/POP'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 love the CHITAG/POP events!

They're extremely well run with a great amount of thought put into them."

Carly McGinnis, Chief Operating Officer at Exploding Kittens

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The Great Re-Connect!
Conference Hotel - Embassy Suites in the Heartbeat of Chicago

No other event offers you so many fun and unique networking opportunities and is so easy for you to get to meetings! Rooms are arranged around an 11-story, light and plant-filled atrium with bubbling fountains. All suites have separate living rooms with a four-person dining table for meetings, mini-kitchens and more.  Your meetings will be in these suites or in the meeting spaces. Chocolate truffles when you check-in, 24-hour business center, complimentary made-to-order breakfast each morning and cocktails and snacks each evening - with your colleagues in the atrium. The closeness to all transportation (train to airport is just one block away), indoor pool and fitness center are added perks, as is the renowned on-site restaurant, Osteria Via Stato, and the multitude of restaurants and shopping just outside the entrance. Book Hotel Now! 

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POP Roast and Pub Night at Radio Flyer

POP Pub Night featuring a savagely hilarious Roast of Matt Nuccio by a bevy of his peers – at Radio Flyer's high energy gorgeous headquarters!  For over 100 years, Radio Flyer has encouraged families to get out & play and now we get to see where the magic is made. This fun event is part of your registration! 

And...  One lucky attendee will win a Radio Flyer Electric Bike! The FLYER™ M880! From the brand families have loved and trusted for over 100 years, the Flyer™ M880 is the perfect everyday adult electric bike to rekindle the joy & freedom of your first set of wheels. Take on challenging hills with ease or a simple ride through the neighborhood thanks to the 5-level pedal assist or use the half-twist throttle to cruise without pedaling. With a powerful built-in 500W rear hub motor and 48V 15Ah lithium-ion Samsung battery, the M880 can travel up to 20 MPH in throttle only mode.

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Toy and Game Int'l Excellence Awards - The TAGIEs! 

This is a celebratory event you do not want to miss! The venue is the 1885 historic and newly readapted award winning Epiphany Center for the Arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it embraces whimsical elements in its interior design while preserving the historic qualities such as Queen Anne detailing, arched ceilings and Tiffany stained glass windows, a nod to the fact that the building was previously a church. Mark November 19th for the TAGIEs - it is part of your ticket for the Conference and Pitch event! To reserve separately, here is the link

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The TAGIEs After Party in the Catacombs! 

After the celebrating the nominees, winners and honorees at the TAGIEs, join us in the Catacombs, just beneath the  Epiphany Center for the Arts.  This is part of your TAGIE Awards ticket! 

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Mentor/Judge at the Young Inventor Challenge at Radio Flyer!

One of our most passinate and fun events! Make a difference in a child's life and encourage the next generation in our industry.

More information about mentoring, judging and sponsoring on this page!

2022 Keynotes and Speakers TBA Soon! 2019 (last in-person) Below!

Richard Dickson, President & COO at Matt

Richard Dickson

President and COO

Mattel, Inc.

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Robert Fuhrer

Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle

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David Fuhrer

Managing Director at BlueSquare Innovations

Hosts of the Conferences

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Catherine McMillen-Gill

President

McGill Associates

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Richard Gill

Vice President International

PlayMonster

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2019 Session Speakers, 2022 TBA!

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Wai Or

Managing Director

Longshore

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Tanya Thompson

Director Global Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro

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Gary Swisher

EVP Design

Spin Master

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Karri Bean

Senior Licensing Manager, Disney Parks Experiences & Products

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Megan Hinterman Kanous

National Accounts Manager, PSI Inc.

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Matt Nuccio

Co-Owner and Creative Director, Design Edge

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Michael Kohner

President

Michael Kohner Corporation

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Mike Hirtle

Paladin LLC - Toy and Game Industry Consulting

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Robert Cook

Sales Manager Brand Protection Services at Verisk Financial G2

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Dougal Grimes

Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations

Spin Master

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Walter Krinsky​

Director Comercial

Novelty Corp. de México

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Rachel Griffin

Vice President Public Relations, JAKKS Pacific

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Hannah Fernandez

Managing Partner at ROI Business Funding, Chair at SCORE

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Sheena Stephens

President 

Sheena Stephens PR

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Kimberly Mosley

President

ASTRA-American Specialty Retailer Association

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Josh Weaver, Exploding Kittens Marketing
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Jake Davis

 Sr Marketing Manager

 The OP

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Josh Weaver

 Marketing Manager and

Dark Lord of Fun

Exploding Kittens

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Gene Murtha

Chair, Mid-Atlantic Region

SCORE Association

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What 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, Product Design & Development, Buffalo Games

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

 

“This event makes me fall in love with the Toy & Game Industry each year!” - Megan Hinterman Kanous, PSI, 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.

"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   

"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. 

"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!"  -Patty Sullivan, Highlights

"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

"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.

“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

Thursday Evening Conference Sponsor
(Open bar and delicious food!)

Inventor Hospitality Sponsor

Conference Supporting Sponsors!

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