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Young Inventor Challenge® 
Regional Events

The mission of the Young Inventor Challenge® (YIC) is to inspire

the next generation of innovators. 


Young Inventor Challenge® Regional Events completed before mid-October annually are prime opportunities for summer camps, libraries, schools, clubs, youth organizations, independent toy stores, and more to add to their offerings! 






Hundreds of kids get the opportunity to participate in regional Young Inventor Challenge® (YIC) contests hosted year-round because of your organizations - summer camps, independent toy stores, schools, clubs, and more! These unique events allow kids to get a head start on their toy and game creations for participation in the Young Inventor Challenge® International Championship in November. 



The YIC is an opportunity for kids to develop and pitch their original toy and game inventions to YOU. Hosts of a YIC Regional Event provide kids the opportunity to design, develop, and ultimately pitch their invention to you and select a winner(s) to participate in the Young Inventor Challenge® International Championship. 

The Young Inventor Challenge® International Championship occurs annually in November at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair where kids receive professional critiques from toy industry experts and the possibility to have their toy or game published! Kids do NOT have to be present to pitch or to win/chance to have their toy or game published.  Learn more. 


We welcome groups, clubs, schools, and others to sign up to host a Young Inventor Challenge® Regional Event. Contact for more information or to sign up! 

People of Play will provide resources to plan, market, and execute your unique YIC Regional Event. There is a nominal participation fee of $25 per event you host which will cover the cost of registration for your winner to submit their creation to the Young Inventor Challenge® International Championship and provide you with materials to help plan and promote your event. 

Over 10,000 'kidpreneurs' have entered the YIC in the past 10 years with the support of regional events! 

Thank you to our YIC Ambassadors! 

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YIC Regional Events 2023
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