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Building Off the Success of the Young Inventor Challenge,

Inventors 8-22 Years Old Are Invited to Showcase Original Tech Inventions

at Chicago Toy & Game Fair

CHICAGO (October 25th, 2016) ― The Chicago Toy & Game Group announces that registration is open for the first-ever Young Tech Challenge, now through November 6, 2016. The Young Tech Challenge, presented by Spin Master, invites inventors from the ages of 8 to 22 years to bring together imagination, play and tech to create a playful tech product. Contest entrants will showcase their original tech ideas “science fair style” to a panel of play industry experts on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG). ChiTAG, the largest toy and game fair in the U.S. that is open to the public, returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Submissions for the Young Tech Challenge can be built on any platform and will be evaluated on originality, technical difficulty, presentation and creativity. Judges will select a winner for three age groups: 8-13 years, 14-18 years, and 19-22 years. Winners will be announced at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

In addition to cash prizes, some incredible high-tech toys are up for grabs courtesy of Spin Master, including the Spy Gear Spy Go Action Camera, Meccano Meccasaur, Air Hogs® Helix Sentinel Drone, Hatchimals and Hedbanz Electronic.

The judging panel features a lineup of industry professionals including Dan Klitsner, Founder of KID Group, Warren Tuttle, President of the United Inventors Association, Robin Raskin, Founder & President of Living in Digital Times, Ken Perera, Account Executive at Devbridge Group and many more.

“The Young Tech Challenge encourages participants to approach invention and design in the very same we do at Spin Master,” said Ben Dermer, Vice President, New Ideas and Inventions, Spin Master Ltd. “We constantly strive to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and fun; we are pleased to support the Young Tech Challenge and look forward to reviewing the submissions from these young inventors.”

To learn more and register for the Young Tech Challenge visit:

Partners of the Young Tech Challenge include Code Play Learn, Illinois Institute of Technology, See-Chicago, Columbia College, and more.

Registration is open until November 1, 2016. There is no fee to enter, and it is easy to participate. Participants and their immediate families will also be given complimentary tickets to the ChiTAG Fair for the entire weekend.

About the Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. promotes and hosts initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. Chicago Toy & Game Group initiatives include the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), the Toy & Game Innovation Awards (the TAGIEs), Inventor Conferences for New and Professional Inventors and Product Acquisition Executives, the Young Inventor Challenge, the Young TECH Challenge, Play in Education Conference, DiscoverGames Inventor Co-op, the PlayCHIC Fashion Show, and the Chicago Toy & Game Foundation. For more information, visit

About Spin Master

Spin Master is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer™ Dino, Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, Air Hogs®, and 2016 Toys of The Year, Bunchems and Meccanoid G15. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 64 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 18 wins across a variety of product categories. Spin Master has been recognized with 12 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. Spin Master is among a limited number of companies that not only develop and produce global entertainment properties, characters and content, but also monetize that content through the creation, sale and licensing of products. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 hit series Bakugan Battle Brawlers and its current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,000 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

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