Young Inventor Challenge

Saturday, November 23, 2019 





Entries may be edited through November 11, 2019!

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to use creativity, critical thinking, and STEAM skills in the invention and innovation process and to connect professionals within the toy industry to mentor these young innovators in their design process.

The 14th Annual Young Inventor Challenge, provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to18 to develop and pitch their original inventions to major toy companies, industry professionals, members of the media and general public. This unique and educational experience ignites imagination, creativity and presentation skills like no other, providing a means of taking these inventions to greater heights, with professional critiques from our industry experts.

We are the only young inventor program that has sponsorship and mentoring participation from top toy and game manufacturers around the world. Many of the winning inventions have been licensed by these global companies and can be found on store shelves today!


Registration Information

Registration DEADLINE is November 3rd. No registrations will be accepted after this date.


Deadline for complete submissions is midnight November 11th.  All materials are to be uploaded to the entry portal - no materials will be accepted after this date. 

There is a $25 requested donation to help cover administrative costs when you participate in the Young Inventor Challenge. If you register before October 15, the registration fee is discounted to $15. Participants and their immediate families are invited to be our guests to the Fair with complimentary admission to ChiTAG for the whole weekend!

Use our Design Guide as a reference to help imagine, design, test, and create your own toy or game invention. It is a great tool to assist in the design process.

Want to share this information with your teacher or friends? View a detailed presentation here, or print our one-page flier here

Other questions? Contact the Director of the Young Inventor Challenge here.

2019 Schedule

  • 8:30-9:30 am Check in and Set up 

  • 9:30 am Event Introduction

  • 10:15 am Presentation Circles

  • 11:45 am Projects open for public viewing and presentation.

  • 2:30 pm Awards Ceremony on the stage

What should I bring with me?

  • An adult!

  • Prototype of your toy or game 

  • Log Book

  • Display Board 

  • An inquisitive, supportive, positive attitude! 


2018 YIC Keynote

Grey Bright kicks off the day with an inspirational talk!


2018 YIC Highlights

Footage of the day's highlights

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YIC Pitch Reel

See some highlights of past pitch videos

2019 Prizes 

Winners of Most Marketable Toy/GameMost Creative Concept, Best Game Concept, and Most Playful Learning Concept will receive cash scholarship money, junior category winner - $250 scholarship, senior category winner - $500 scholarship (Sponsored by PlayMonster, Spin Master and the Chicago Toy and Game Foundation)

Best Presentation Winners: A 2 night trip to New York to be a guest presenter at the TOTY awards and a private tour of New York Toy Fair! One each in Jr and Senior category. Airfare not included. (Sponsored by The Toy Association and Yulu Toys)

All Winners - Receive a Trophy, a custom printed 3D Action Figure of themselves from Custom Color 3D Printing, and an amazing prize package of toys and games provided by our generous sponsors!

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