We are pleased to announce the winners!
See the list of students who have won.
Welcome to the ChiTag Young inventor Challenge!

About Our Event

REGISTRATION FOR 2018 COMING SOON! DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 31, 2018! ALL ENTRY MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 2, 2018!

The Young Inventor Challenge provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public.

The judging is split into two categories, Junior (6-10) and Senior (11-18).

There is a $20 requested donation to help cover administrative costs when you participate in the Young Inventor Challenge. Participants and their immediate families are invited to be our guests to the Fair with complimentary admission to ChiTAG for the whole weekend!

Young Inventor workshops are ideal for a classroom activity, school-wide competition, after-school program, summer challenge, scout merit badge-earning activity, and library programs.

Use our Inventor Guide as a reference to help imagine, design, test, and create your own toy or game invention. We encourage teachers and camp directors to use it as well! It is a great tool to engage kids in brainstorming and innovation.

The Young Inventor Challenge can provide a means of taking the inventions to even greater heights, with professional critiques from our industry experts and the opportunity to show their work off to the public, toy industry, and members of the press.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON! ! DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 31, 2018! ALL ENTRY MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 2, 2018!

Entry Information

Each student is required to submit a 2 minute video pitch with their entry, as well as provide information about their invention through our online submission portal. This will give our judges time to review your entry before the actual competition day. This also allows students to compete who can’t come to Chicago in person!

Please refer to the documents at the right for full Rules/Requirements of our event. Use the Inventor Guide to help create and organize your project, and make sure you have all required materials for the competition!

After you register please log into the student portal and enter your project information. This is also where you will share some information about your invention, the link to your pitch video, and photo of your prototype.

Prizes will be given in different categories and we encourage you to innovate and create with these in mind! Have a great game that makes kids run around or can be played outside? Have a new and fun way to teach math facts or coding?

Please keep checking this site to see what exciting new categories and sponsors we will have this year! Last year's included:

  • Most Marketable Concept - The game concept that is most likely to make it to store shelves (Sponsored by Target and Pressman Toys)
  • Most Creative Concept - This is a “what if” category! Your game/toy doesn't have to be able to be manufactured, but your ideas should be well developed and though out. Dream the impossible! (Sponsored by Play Monster Toys)
  • Most Outstanding Presentation - The best combo of Pitch, Poster and Prototype (Sponsored by Mattel)
  • Best Commercial/Video - The most engaging, funny or otherwise outstanding video we receive (Sponsored by Spin Master)
  • Best Educational Concept - The toy or game that is engaging, interesting and fun, while teaching something to the players (Sponsored by Lego)
  • Best Outdoor/Active Play Concept - The toy or game that is engaging and funthat gets kids moving indoors our out! (Sponsored by Hasbro)

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON! ! DEADLINE TO ENTER IS OCTOBER 31, 2018! ALL ENTRY MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 2, 2018!

Sponsorship

The Chicago Toy and Game Week - Young Inventor Challenge would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their tireless support.
With their commitment, students have an opportunity to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects,
and compete annually for awards and scholarships.

If you would like to become a sponsor of the Chicago Toy and Game Week - Young Inventor Challenge
please contact Ms. Alicia Alexander for more information.

For technical questions and support, please contact support@pitchwizard.net