TAGIE Nominations Open - New Categories!

July 20, 2017











Nominations for the 10th Annual Toy & Game Innovation Awards

Open to Industry Professionals through August 30th


CHICAGO, Ill. (July 24th, 2017) – Nominations are now open for the 2017 Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs), an elegant and playful annual gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week that celebrates the outstanding achievements of the innovative and creative people bringing toy and game ideas to life.




The tenth annual TAGIEs will once again honor the masters of toy and game innovation, design and marketing. The 2017 categories now open for nomination by all members of the toy and gaming industry include:

  • Toy Inventor of the Year 

  • Game Inventor of the Year 

  • Rising Star Inventor of the Year 

  • Young Inventor of the Year 

  • Innovative Marketing Team of the Year 

  • Art and Design Visuals of the Year 


Five finalists for each of the six categories will be announced on September 18th, at which time voting will open to the general public, media and industry.


New for 2017 is the Innovative Marketing Team of the Year and Art and Design Visual of the Year. These categories recognize the innovation in marketing and design to bring the idea and product to life and into the hands of our consumers. 


A separate committee of industry experts will determine the honorees for the following closed TAGIEs categories:

  • Founder's Award 

  • Inventor Advocate 

  • In Memoriam Presentation 

  • Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award 

  • Lifetime Achievement 


“The TAGIE nominations recognize the special individuals and teams from around the world who spend countless hours inventing, designing and bringing ideas for toys and games to life that everyone enjoys and that connects us to one another,” said Mary Couzin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Toy & Game Group. “The awards gala brings together everyone for an elegant evening celebrating these industry creatives for their vision, spirit of fun, philanthropy and humanitarianism.”


The TAGIEs ceremony takes place Friday, November 17th, 2017 with an elegant evening of entertainment that includes cocktail hour, a seated dinner and the awards program.


Winners and honorees of the 2016 TAGIEs (announced last year), presented by Hasbro, along with lead sponsors NBC Universal, Jeffrey Breslow, TIA, The Michael Kohner Corporation,  and The Hassenfeld Family Initiatives were:


TOY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - David Yakos, Steamline Design with Lionel Trains for Mega Tracks


GAME INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Jeremy Posner, Big Monster Toys with FatBrain Toys for Coggy


RISING STAR INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Alice Brooks, Roominate with PlayMonster for Cotton Candy Carnival


DIGITAL TOY OR GAME INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Phoebe Hayman, Seedling for Maze


The Inventor Advocacy Honoree was awarded to the UK Inventor Dinner Committee and accepted by Si