Inventor & Innovation Conferences

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Connect at Largest Toy & Game Inventor Event Worldwide

Four Conference Tracks Tailored to Your Needs

Don't Miss Out! Limited Space!

November 21-22 or 21-24, depending on track

"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 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

The First of our 2019 Keynotes Announced! 

Richard Dickson

President and COO

Mattel, Inc.

Robert Fuhrer

Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle

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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Speakers, More 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

Dougal Grimes

Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations

Spin Master

Walter Krinsky​

Director Comercial

Novelty Corp. de México

Rachel Griffin

Vice President Public Relations, JAKKS Pacific

Hannah Fernandez

Managing Partner at ROI Business Funding, Chair at SCORE

Sheena Stephens

President 

Sheena Stephens PR

Kimberly Mosley

President

ASTRA-American Specialty Retailer Association

Jake Davis

 Sr Marketing Manager

 The OP

Josh Weaver

 Marketing Manager and

Dark Lord of Fun

Exploding Kittens

Gene Murtha

Chair, Mid-Atlantic Region

SCORE Association

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

 

“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

Wednesday Evening Kickoff and Open House

Custom Color 3D Printing Open House

Thursday Evening Conference Irish Pub Sponsor

(Open bar and delicious food!)

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Inventor Hospitality Lounge Sponsor

(Enjoy a cup of coffee and a fun place to relax and chat in-between meetings!)

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Conference Coffee Break Sponsor!

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Conference Supporting Sponsors!

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