TAGIEs - Celebrating the Makers of Play!

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Toy & Game Innovation Awards

Through the Years...

The TAGIEs are an elegant and playful evening gala that brings together industry leaders from inventors to manufacturers to retailers as well as the public for a celebratory evening of innovators and inventors from around the world.

The Toy & Game Innovation Awards are voted on by industry experts, retailers and consumers to recognize recipients for excellence in various categories. The TAGIEs also recognize the teams the inventors worked with at the companies that brought their ideas to life. This collaboration and inventiveness has resulted in the most fun and entertaining play products on the market today. We also honor to those inventor greats who stand out in the toy industry for their exceptionally innovative spirit of fun, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.

2016 TAGIEs Stage

Invented the Millenium Falcon

Invented Exploding Kittens

Invented Malia’s Beach House

Invented Two Bros Bows

Dan and his partners have created products such as Bop It, HyperGames, PC Playsets, Perplexus and so much more! 

Award presented by Bruce Lund, a former Humanitarian recipient himself, to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring organization focused on high quality, long term outcomes for children

Presented by Bob Moog, President of University Games, and accepted by Chuck Knerr. Richard and Spud Invented the Frisbee, the Hula Hoop, the Super Ball, Silly String, Slip-N-Slide, Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board

Present by Leif Askeland, SVP and Head of Development at Hasbro. Richard has been an indie inventor,  with Matchbox, Tiger Electronics & now Hasbro where he helped bring Furby to market and Fur Real Friends to life. Known for propelling robotics in toys, but always focusing on character and emotion in his creations.

TAGIEs Winner and Honoree History

1st Annual TAGIE Awards (2008)

Keynote

Duncan Billing, Hasbro

2008 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Jeff Rehkemper and Steve Rehkemper, Rehkemper Invention and Design

 

2008 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Michael Steer and Garry Donner, Random Games & Toys

 

2008 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Colleen McCarthy Evans and Joyce Johnson, Toying with Games

 

2008 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Jeffrey Breslow, Big Monster Toys

 

2nd Annual TAGIE Awards (2009)

Keynote

Phil Jackson, Hasbro

2009 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Russell Hornsby, CEPIA

 

2009 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Peggy Brown, Peggy Brown Creative

 

2009 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Jack Degnan, Jack Degnan Games

 

2009 Recipient for Young Inventor

Seth Calvin, Razor

 

2009 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Reuben KlamerToylab

 

2009 Honoree for Humanitarian Award

Bruce Lund, Lund and Company Invention

 

2009 Honoree for In Memoriam  

Betty James (1918 - 2008), Slinky

 

 

3rd Annual TAGIE Awards (2010)

Keynote

Mike Hirtle, Hasbro

2010 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Robert Croak, Silly Bandz

 

2010 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Mary Jo Reutter, You Betcha! Interactive

 

2010 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games

 

2010 Recipient for Young Inventor

Kate Daniels, Around the Table Games

 

2010 Recipient for Character Creation

Lisa Henson

The Jim Henson Company

 

2010 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Eddie Goldfarb, Eddy & Martin Goldfarb & Assocoates

 

2010 Honoree for Humanitarian Award

Ellen Hassenfeld Block

Alan Hassenfeld, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

 

2010 Honoree for In Memoriam

George Lerner, Lernell

 

 

4th Annual TAGIE Awards (2011)

Keynote

Richard Levy

2011 Recipient for Toy Design

Marty Abrams and Joel Rosenzweig, I-Star Entertainment

 

2011 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Susan McKinley Ross, Idea Duck

 

2011 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Blake English, Air Swimmers

 

2011 Recipient for Electronic Adaptation

Tom Liddell, Top Trumps UK

 

2011 Recipient for Character Creation

Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr.  Seuss

 

2011 Recipient for Young Inventor

Greyson MacLean, BrickStix

 

2011 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Burt Meyer, Meyer Glass Design

 

2011 Honoree for Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Torquil Norman, Genie Toys

 

2011 Honoree for In Memoriam  

James R. Becker (1921 - 2011),  Anjar Company

 

2011 Honoree for In Memoriam  

Elliott Handler (1916 - 2011), Mattel

 

 

5th Annual TAGIE Awards (2012)

Keynote

Bruce Lund

 2012 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Tony Morley, Red Racer Studio

 

2012 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Leslie Scott, Oxford Games

 

2012 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Martin Nedergaard Andersen, Camp Games

 

2012 Recipient for Electronic Adaptation

Mattel Apptivity Design Team

 

2012 Recipient for Character Creation

Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon

Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes, Eric Weiner

 

2012 Recipient for Young Inventor

Seth and Alexia Kempe, HoodiePet

 

2012 Honoree for Inventor Advocacy

Mel Taft, Mel Taft Associates

 

2012 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Theo and Ora Coster FamilyTheora Design Team

 

2012 Honoree for Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Peter and Andrew Brown

 

2012 Honoree for In Memoriam  

Stan Clutton

 

6th Annual TAGIE Awards (2013)

Keynote

Jim McCafferty

2013 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Cheong Choon Ng

Rainbow Loom, Choon's Design

 

2013 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Tom Quinn

Quinn & Sherry

 

2013 Recipient for Rising Star Inventor

Debra Sterling

GoldieBlox

 

2013 Recipient for Electronic Adaptation

Leapfrog Design Team

 

2013 Recipient for Young Inventor

Nick Metzler

Squashed

 

2013 Honorees for Inventor Advocacy

Wayne Luther and Michael Gray

Hasbro

 

2013 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Howard Morrison

Big Monster Toys

 

2013 Honoree for In Memoriam  

Andre Cassagnes (1926 - 2013)

Etch-A-Sketch

 

7th Annual TAGIE Awards (2014)

Keynote

Brendan Boyle

 

2014 Recipient for Excellence in Game Design

Oliver Morris, Fuse

 

2014 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Alice Taylor, MakieLab

 

2014 Recipient for Toy Design

Adam Wilson and Ian Bernstein, Sphero

 

2014 Recipient for Character Creation

Transformers, Hasbro

 

2014 Recipient for Young Inventor

Lyla Black, Lyla Tov Monsters

 

2014 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Michael Kohner

The Kohner Family

 

2014 Honoree for Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Diane and Quintin Primo, Primo Center for Women and Children

 

2014 Honoree for In Memoriam  

Bill Goodman

 

8th Annual TAGIE Awards (2015)

Keynote

Dan Klitsner

2015 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

Mark Boudreaux, Hasbro

 

2015 Recipient, Excellence in Game Design

Elan Lee, Matthew Inman & Shane Small, Exploding Kittens

 

2015 Recipient for Digital Toy or Game Innovation  

Adam Wilson and Ian Bernstein, Sphero

 

2015 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Laurie PetersonBuild & Imagine

 

2015 Recipient for Young Inventor

Duncan and HaydenTwo Bros Bows

 

2015 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Richard J. Maddocks

 

2015 Honoree for Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Big Brothers Big Sisters Metropolitan Chicago

 

2015 Recipient, In Memoriam  

Richard Knerr & Spud Meline

9th Annual TAGIE Awards (2016)

Keynote

Steven Fink

2016 Recipient for Excellence in Toy Design

David Yakos, Steamline Design with Lionel Trains for Mega Tracks

Presenter: Jeffrey Breslow, Toy Designer for 41 years

 

2016 Recipient, Excellence in Game Design

Jeremy Posner, Big Monster Toys with FatBrain Toys for Coggy

Presenter: Jeff Pinsker, President of Pressman Toy

 

2016 Recipient for Digital Toy or Game Innovation  

Winner: Phoebe Hayman, Seedling for Maze

Presenter: Robin Raskin, Founder of Living in Digital Times 

 

2016 Recipient for Rising Star Designer

Alice Brooks, Roominate with PlayMonster for Cotton Candy Carnival

Presenter: PJ Palijo, Vice President of Product Design & Development for NBC Universal Consumer Products

2016 Inventor Advocacy Honoree

The UK Inventor Dinner Committee. 

  

2016 Honoree for Lifetime Achievement

Reyn Guyer

 

2016 Honoree for Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Special Olympics Chicago

Attend the TAGIEs in 2017!

Don't miss out on an extraordinary evening! Join us at the TAGIEs for  an elegant celebration of innovation and People of Play!

Meet the inventors, innovators and the toy & game industry behind your favorite toys and games championing the

Power of Play!

Friday, November 17th, 2017
6pm Cocktails
7pm TAGIEs Dinner & Ceremony
11pm Evening Concludes
Venue TBA
Formal or Cocktail Attire

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