by The Bloom Report | 23 Nov 2021
CHICAGO, IL (November 22, 2021) - People of Play (POP) are honored to announce the winners of the 2021 Young Inventor Challenge. POP received hundreds of entries from kids around the country. The level of talent and ingenuity exceeded expectations by far. Winners were officially announced on November 20th during the virtual Awards Ceremony.
Every year the YIC invites kids ages six to eighteen years old from around the world, to dig into their entrepreneurial spirit to develop a unique toy or game. Honing creativity, critical thinking, and STEAM skills throughout the invention and innovation process. The YIC provides an outlet and mentors for these young inventors to create, present and connect with toy industry professionals to receive professional critiques and guidance.
“It’s an honor to be part of these kids' journeys. They are all bubbling with creativity, excitement, and raw talent. The opportunity to help guide and mentor them is extremely rewarding.” said Jazmine Darden, Co-Director of the Young Inventor Challenge.
“These kids are the future of the toy and game industry,” said Karen Luciana, Co-Director of the Young Inventor Challenge. “Everyone has to start somewhere - why not start young!”
The 2021 Winners (by category) are:
Most Marketable Sponsored by Goliath
Best Game by Mattel
Most Innovative Pet Toy Sponsored by New Key Pet LLC
Most Creative Sponsored by Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld
Most Innovative Toy or Game by Spin Master
Most Sustainable Toy or Game sponsored by HABA
Each winner also received a $250 prize package of toys and games.
The Young Inventor Challenge was part of People of Play Week (November 15-20) which included the Toy & Game International Innovation Summit, POP Duo Keynotes Legends & Leaders, Networking in the POP Pub Rooms, TAGIE Awards, and the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.
About People of Play
People of Play (POP) celebrates and empowers toy and game innovation worldwide by providing educational opportunities, recognition and community for industry professionals, amateur inventors and people of all ages who love to play. People of Play oversees a number of events including the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Fair, the Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the New Inventor Conference, the Professional Inventors Conference, Play in Education Conference, the Bloom Report and the People of Play Foundation.
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