Chicago Toy & Game Fair's Young Inventor Challenge Offers Prizes, Acclaim for Inventive Students

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Students 18 and under can showcase an original toy or game and win prizes and industry acclaim in the Chicago Toy & Game Fair's Young Inventor Challenge (YIC). Prizes include a trip to the Toy of the Year Awards in New York, a feature in Inventors Digest and the chance to meet top toy inventors.

The Young Inventor Challenge encourages kids to develop their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills.

Students 18 and under can showcase an original toy or game and win prizes and industry acclaim in the Chicago Toy & Game Fair’s Young Inventor Challenge (YIC). The 8th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held Nov. 20 and 21 at Navy Pier, Chicago.

The grand prize will be awarded by popular vote on Nov. 20 at the fair and the winning inventor will receive a prize package that includes:

  •     Dinner for the winner and his/her parents with Mike Hirtle, Head of Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations at Hasbro following the Nov. 20 awards ceremony;
  •     A feature in Inventors Digest Magazine and a one-year magazine subscription;
  •     VIP Tour by Bruce Lund of Lund and Company Invention, LLC of the company’s workshop and offices;
  •     Tickets to the February 2011 Toy of the Year Awards in New York, a two-night hotel stay in New York City and a New York Toy Fair pre-show tour;
  •     Opportunity to co-present an award at Toy of the Year ceremonies.

Entries are free and must be submitted by mail and postmarked on or before Oct. 31, 2010. For the entry packet and helpful tips, visit http://www.chitag.com. Projects must be completed by Nov. 20, 2010 so that they can be exhibited at the fair.

“The Young Inventor Challenge encourages kids to develop their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills,” says Mary Couzin, Executive Director of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. “They’ll learn how inventors work – from concept to development of a prototype to testing and research.”

Young inventors, who are advised by toy and game industry representatives, will display their nominated toys and games at the fair and will be available to answer questions. Attendees can vote during the two days of the fair on the inventions based on originality, creativity, appeal and presentation of the marketing message.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under three are admitted free; Scouts in uniform, teachers and librarians are also admitted free of charge.

2010 Young Inventor Challenge is sponsored by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Hasbro, Inventors Digest. Lund and Company Invention LLC and the Toy Industry Association.

For more information, please visit http://www.chitag.com.

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