We host two events for young inventors. The Young Inventor Challenge at the Fair is for young inventors 6 to 18 with an idea and not in retail. Some of them have gone on to be licensed by toy and game companies. The TAGIE Awards have a category for young inventors that have product being sold in retail. The winner of the Young Inventor TAGIE last November was Duncan and Hayden from Two Bros Bows. They really are brothers and they make safe bows that sell like crazy. I asked them why and how did they get into the Toy and Game industry and they said, "Seeing the movie "Brave" and wanting to earn some money!!" They've certainly done that!
WHY AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TOY AND GAME INDUSTRY?
Seeing the movie “Brave” and wanting to earn some money!!
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO INVENTORS WHO ARE PRESENTING NEW TOY OR GAME IDEAS TO YOU?
Never give up and all your dreams have meaning.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY OR GAME AS A CHILD?
Legos, bike and trampoline
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
Go to school, do home work, play outside and TBB work.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The other growth of toymanufacturers and other businesses and our Mom :-)
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Duncan: Atlanta, GA Hayden: Charlotte, NC
WHAT DO YOU READ EVERY DAY, AND WHY?
Calvin & Hobbes. Reminds us of how wonderful a childhood can be.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GADGET, APP OR PIECE OF SOFTWARE THAT HELPS YOU EVERY DAY?
Duncan: Google docs and google slides. It helps me create amazing projects for school
HOW DO YOU JUMPSTART YOUR CREATIVITY WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF STALLED ON A PROJECT?
Duncan: Surf the web for ideas. Hayden: I get my ideas from my Mom or art teacher and from my thoughts and were my mind takes me.
ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Duncan: I was named after my mothers maiden name. Her father served in Vietnam and is a deceased veteran.
Hayden: I am named after a veteran who was the only survivor in his 19 platoon. He is alive and well today and would be the same age as my Mother’s deceased father.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
One dog name Lexi and a few fish
DO YOU PLAY ANY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?
Hayden: The recorder
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Duncan: Whole Wheat Cheerios Hayden: Special K Strawberry
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU USUALLY NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Duncan: Eye Color Hayden: Personality and Height
WHAT IS YOUR EYE COLOR?
Duncan: Green Hayden: Brown
DO YOU PREFER SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
SUMMER OF WINTER?
Summer and NO SCHOOL
HUGS OR KISSES?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW?
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
Kung Fu Panda 3-D and Mission Impossible
WHAT’S THE FURTHEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME?
California! It was awesome and we want to go back asap
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?
Hayden: Origami and gymnastics
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
Duncan: Bike Riding and cross country
Hayden: Soccer and cross country
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Duncan: Engineer and Architect Hayden: Professional Soccer Player
D & H: More and more inventions and creations for kids to have fun with!