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TAGIE Awards Nominations Close Next Week!

Media Contact: Emily Blosser

Nominations Closing Soon for the 10th Annual Toy & Game Innovation Awards

Open to Industry Professionals through August 30th

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 22, 2017) – Time is running out to nominate the best of the best innovators, designers and marketers in the toy and game industry. Nominations for the 2017 Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) close on August 30th. Winners will be honored at an elegant and playful annual gala event during Chicago Toy & Game Week November 16-19.

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 Simon Skelton.

The Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award honored Special Olympics of Chicago.

The Lifetime Achievement Honoree was Reyn Guyer, who developed and licensed Twister game to Milton Bradley/Hasbro and developed and licensed NERF BALL to Parker Brothers/Hasbro.

About the TAGIEs

Founded in 2008, the Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) celebrate the outstanding achievements of toy and game industry leaders from around the world, by honoring masters of innovation and invention. The evening also pays homage to industry professionals who differentiate themselves with their spirit for fun, philanthropy, inventor advocacy, creativity and humanitarianism. Inventors, designers, manufacturers, retailers, media and the general public come together for this prestigious annual gala event. The TAGIEs are hosted in the fall in conjunction with the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Fair, the PlayCHIC toy-inspired Fashion Show and Toy & Game Inventor Conferences. For more information, visit

About the Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. oversees toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Group initiatives include the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Fair, the PlayCHIC Fashion Show, the Toy & Game Innovation of the Year (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the New Inventor Conference, the Professional Inventors Conference, Play in Education Conference, Discover Games and the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Foundation. For more information, visit or email

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