Young Inventor Challenge
Judge/Mentors

We thank these and talented toy and game industry professionals for

volunteering their valuable  time and expertise in guiding our Young Inventor

Challenge Entrants! 

Interested in being a mentor/judge? Email Alicia Alexander! 

Young Inventor Challenge Team

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Karen Luciana, Co-Director
After a 30 year career in education, Karen is joining POP as our Director of the Young Inventors' Challenge.  Karen Luciana is a former teacher who helped launch the Young Inventor's Challenge 14 years ago.  She believes and encourages the Power of Play both inside and outside of the classroom. Karen has promoted numerous games for use in the classroom. She has written Game Reviews, Educational Articles encouraging play in education, and curriculum for several games.

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Jaz Darden, Co-Director
 

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Alicia Alexander, Judge/Mentor Liaison 

Thank You to our Judges & Mentors!

Kelly Adams
Kelly Adams

Director of Product Development, Goliath Games & Pressman Toys

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Phil Albritton
Phil Albritton

Creative Director, Toy Industry Podcaster, Consultant, Product & Packaging Innovator

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Gwen Austin
Gwen Austin

Creator at Gwen Austin Studios

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Kat Barlow
Kat Barlow

Senior Product Manager at Think Fun

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Nikki Bauman
Nikki Bauman

Inventor Relations at Fisher-Price

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Eleanor Black
Eleanor Black

Client Relations at Fuse London, Ltd.

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Christian Castro
Christian Castro

Design Director at What Do You Meme?

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Matt Colleran
Matt Colleran

New Business Development Head - Clamour - Connecting elite Influencers & top brands - Former Yulu, Hasbro, Reebok, Abercrombie Mktg. Exec.

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Kyle Cosgrove
Kyle Cosgrove

Specialty Sales Manager at Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld, Inventor of the Hip Town card game by Endless Games

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Boaz Coster
Boaz Coster

Inventing and Marketing Playthings at Theora Concept Ltd

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Ian Cross
Ian Cross

Vendor Manager at Publisher Services, Inc

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Helen Contreras-De La Cruz
Helen Contreras-De La Cruz

Senior Manager, Inventor Relations at Mattel, Inc.

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Julie Doverspike
Julie Doverspike

Senior Product Manager at Goliath Games

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Chantal Drenthe
Chantal Drenthe

Toy Inventor at Fuse London Ltd

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JM Duparc
JM Duparc

Chief of Creation at Identity Games

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Janelle Duthie
Janelle Duthie

Director of Marketing at NetBricks

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Paul Fish
Paul Fish

Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Brand Management Executive, Chief Marketing Officer | Senior Brand Management Executive. Pablo Pescado Brand Management

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James Freeman
James Freeman

Board Game Designer and Backer Support Manager at Doomlings

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David Fuhrer
David Fuhrer

Managing Director at BlueSquare Innovations

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Bob Fuhrer
Bob Fuhrer

Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle

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Sara Furay
Sara Furay

Inventor Relations, Goliath Games

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Ed Gartin
Ed Gartin

Owner, Creative Catalyst at Paper Bag Creative

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Ruth Green-Synowic
Ruth Green-Synowic

President at Ruth Green Inc

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Dougal Grimes
Dougal Grimes

Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations, Spin Master

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Dave Harris
Dave Harris

Senior Director, Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Mattel, Inc.

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Mary.Higbe
Mary.Higbe

Director of Marketing at Goliath Games

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Rachel Higgins
Rachel Higgins

Director of Sales and Marketing at Publisher Services, Inc

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Wolfgang "Arlo" Hitzeman
Wolfgang "Arlo" Hitzeman

Owner and Creative Designer at Creative Konzepts

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Adam Hocherman
Adam Hocherman

Vice President of New Business at PlayMonster

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Ahren Hoffman
Ahren Hoffman

Ahren Hoffman Director of Education & Training at American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)

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Jenni Jalava
Jenni Jalava

Product category director at MARTINEX OY

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Megan Hinterman Kanous
Megan Hinterman Kanous

Business Development Manager at Publisher Services, Inc

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Rebecca Klemm
Rebecca Klemm

The Numbers Lady

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Alicia LaFrance
Alicia LaFrance

Project Management | Product Development | Licensing - Idea Planet

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Dan Klitsner
Dan Klitsner

Founder at KID Group

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Miller Klitsner
Miller Klitsner

Freelance Unity Developer, Teacher, Artist

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Michael Kohner
Michael Kohner

President, The Michael Kohner Corporation

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Gary Levenberg
Gary Levenberg

Co-Founder/Partner at KID Group

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Rich Mazel
Rich Mazel

Vice President of Innovation at Spin Master

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Nick Metzler
Nick Metzler

Incubation and New Business Specialist + Game Designer - Games at Spin Master

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Ben Michielson
Ben Michielson

Game Designer and Product Development Manager at MEGABLEU

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Elizabeth Moody
Elizabeth Moody

Head of New Business Development at Seven Towns Ltd

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Colin Morgan
Colin Morgan

Founding Partner at Hoyt Games

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Ravi Narula
Ravi Narula

Entrepreneur and Business Elevator at The Future Playground

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Malte Niebelschuetz
Malte Niebelschuetz

Founder and CEO, Shore Buddies

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Casey Norman
Casey Norman

Managing Director Genie Toys

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David Norman
David Norman

Toymaker, and President at Goliath, Pressman Toy Corporation and Jax Ltd.

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Leila Nosrati
Leila Nosrati

Inventor Relations, Consumer Products & Toys, Licensing, Product Development, Open Innovation Programs and Retail Strategy for Master Toy Advisors

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Or Wai Kim
Or Wai Kim

CEO, Longshore

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Gary Pyper
Gary Pyper

Founder, Fun-damental Invention, Ltd.

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