Nominations now open for 2016 Toy & Game Innovation Awards

August 25, 2016










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Nominations now open for

2016 Toy & Game Innovation Awards

Nominations for the 9th Annual Toy & Game Innovation Awards are open to Industry Professionals through September 1st


CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 18) – Nominations are now open for the 2016 Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs), an elegant and playful annual gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week that celebrates the outstanding achievements of inventors, designers and industry leaders. Through September 1, 2016, toy and gaming industry professionals may submit nominations online at


The ninth annual TAGIEs will once again honor the masters of toy and game innovation. The 2016 categories now open for public nomination by all members of the toy and gaming industry include:

  • Excellence in Toy Design

  • Excellence in Game Design

  • Excellence in Digital Toy or Game Design

  • Rising Star Inventor of the Year

  • Young Inventor of the Year Finalists for these five categories will be announced on

September 15, 2016, at which time voting will open to the general public, media and industry leaders. A separate committee of industry experts will determine the honorees for the following closed TAGIEs categories:

  • Hassenfeld Family Initiatives Humanitarian Award

  • Inventor Advocacy Award

  • In Memoriam Award

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

“The TAGIEs nominations are now open to recognize the special individuals from around the world who spend countless hours inventing fun and entertaining toys and games for kids and families to enjoy,” said Mary Couzin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Toy & Game Group. “The awards gala brings together industry leaders for a night of celebration and fashion that will also pay homage to some stand-out inventors for their spirit of fun, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”


The TAGIEs ceremony takes place Friday, November 18, 2016 with an elegant evening of entertainment that includes cocktail hour, a seated dinner, the awards program, and a toy-inspired fashion show. For the first time ever, the TAGIEs and the PlayCHIC Fashion Show will come together to form one star-studded night.