2020 Virtual Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) & POP's Got Talent

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Going virtual! Get your favorite drink and toast your fellow industry colleagues at the 13th annual TAGIE Awards from the comforts of home!

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Move over Oscars, Emmys, CMA, the Toy & Game International Excellence Awards are taking the VIRTUAL center stage! This is a must attend event to celebrate your fellow toy and industry colleagues at the 13th annual TAGIE Awards and the after-party, POP's Got Talent!

Host a Watch Party with friends, colleagues and family! We will also be setting up 'tables' for the event so you can watch with your friends!

You cannot miss out on this annual toy industry event and now you can experience it from the comfort of your home and share the excitement with friends and family! Fantastic stunts, animations and solid gold entertainment are planned for this year to make the TAGIES better than ever! It’s a must “tune in” event where Everyone is invited! Awards, funny stunts, and more!! Buy your tickets today as they are going fast!

Some of the highlights of this year’s amazing virtual show include: Honoring Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Norman and Arlene Fabricant for Celebration of Life and Lifetime Achievement

Awarding TAGIEs in 8 categories including Toy and Game Innovators of the Year, Rising Star and new category, Most Innovative Supplier.

Coming back for a second year of hosting duties is Karri Bean, Senior Manager, Licensing at Disney Consumer Products, Experiences and Consumer Products. Her colleague JoAnn McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Hardlines Product Development, Disney Parks Experiences & Products, will deliver the keynote. 

NEW this year! POP – People of Play Have Talent!

This first of its kind toy industry talent show will be hosted by brothers Robert and David Fuhrer of Nextoy and BlueSquare Innovation. This after party is one you want to witness-POP Party features an eclectic group of talent from the toy and game industry including...

Jim McCafferty of JMP Creative will attempt the most dangerous escape of his life!

Alexa Meade created a large scale 3D painted installation that allows people to step inside of a work of art and become part of the painting.

Jay Horowitz on the piano! You may have read about Jay and his family in TTPM's All in the Family Series!

Steve Casino - Toy Inventor with Bang Zoom – Painter of Nuts

Kevin Daniels - President and co-founder of Fun In Motion Toys - Fire Whip Performance

Andreas Hoenigschmid, Inventor and Artist, GeoBender - Fire Dancing

Randy Klimpert, Chief Creative at Creata - Ukulele and Guitar Collection

Alexa Meade, creator of large scale 3D painted installations

Jim McCafferty, Founder of JMP Creative - Magic

Mark Setteducati, Professional inventor and Magician – Magic

Tim Walsh, Scott Brown, Chris Callaghan from Roo Games, Winners of ASTRAS’s Lip Sync Battle

Jane Labowitch, aka Princess Etch, is a full-time Etch-A-Sketch artist

Danny Kishon, All in 1, Performing Magic to Amaze

Jay Horowitz, President of American Classic Toy, Piano

David Fuhrer, President of Blue Square Innovations, Backwards Talking

Joseph Herscher and Joseph's Machines! Kinetic Artist and YouTuber

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We're the Chicago Toy & Game Group and you can call us “CHITAG” – pronounced SHY-Tag – for short. We produce ChiTAG Week, a series of events promoting and celebrating play and innovation that welcomes industry, consumers and traditional and social media the week before Thanksgiving. Our main events include:


  • Chicago Toy & Game Fair (since 2003). The first and the largest public toy and game fair in North America targeting families. 

  • Inventor and Innovation Conferences (since 2006) The largest gathering of professional inventors, new inventors and product acquisition executives in the world. Attendees come from approximately 25 countries to pitch ideas, network, learn and celebrate the toy and game inventor community. 

  • Play in Education (PIE) Conference - (Since 2006) Studies show a focus on play means better performance in academics and social competenceThis conference discusses strategies for bringing play into the classroom and provides CE credits.

  • Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) (since 2008). 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 for their exceptionally innovative spirit of fun, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.

  • Young Inventor Challenge (YIC) (since 2006). The YIC provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their original toy and game inventions to industry professionals, members of media and the general public. All entrants receive feedback from industry executives and inventors and licensing agreements with toy and game companies. 

  • PlayCHIC (since 2012) Fashion sells. The PlayCHIC Fashion Event celebrates dress-up by inspiring play through a new avenue - fashion.

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