2017 YIC sponsors included Target, Pressman Toy, Mattel, PlayMonster, Spin Master, Lego, and Hasbro.
The annual competition invites children between the ages of six and 18 to present original toy and game concepts to industry heavyweights, media and consumers, with the possibility of being picked up for distribution by a major toy company or retailer.
Entries were evaluated by a panel of illustrious toy and game industry luminaries based on the criteria of innovation, presentation marketability and creativity. The prize for each senior award was a $1,000 scholarship, with a $500 scholarship going to each junior award winner.
Most Marketable Concept (Sponsored by Pressman and Target)
・ Senior Winner – Ellie Skalla – Galactiquest (Oak Park, IL)
・ Junior Winner – Patrick Ready – Dino Can You Dig It? (Palos Heights, IL)
Best Outdoor / Active Play Concept (Sponsored by Hasbro)
・ Junior Winner – Noah Berg – RUINOWAZLIB (Chicago, IL)
・ Junior Winner – Sampson Neyman – Exercise Challenge (Chicago, IL)
Most Creative Concept (Sponsored by PlayMonster)
・ Senior Winner – Tiggy Sliwinski – Draw-n to Crime (Palos Hills, IL)
・ Junior Winner – Edie Piacenza – There’s a Poo on My Shoe! (Elmhurst, IL)
Most Outstanding Presentation (Sponsored by Mattel)
・ Senior Winner – Charlotte Jiru – Alicia Boop Insta-Boutique (Whittier, CA)
・ Junior Winner – Tanush Doshi – Chase the Loot! (Chicago, IL)
Best Pitch Video/Commercial (Sponsored by Spin Master)
・ Senior Winner – Liam Kivirist – Virtual Reality Colossal Chess (Browntown, WI)
・ Junior Winner – Charlie Rosynek & Broderick Rosello – Balance Boat (Palos Heights, IL)
Best Educational Concept (Sponsored by Lego)
・ Senior Winner – Puzzleletters – Dana Dimitriu (San Antonio, TX)
・ Junior Winner – Abhi Majumdar – Magnetic Marchers (Chicago, IL)
Upon giving the awards for Most Marketable Concept, David Norman, CEO of Pressman Toy, reminded the winners that while not guaranteed, their concepts will now be vetted for potential retail distribution. Last year’s winning game, Ship of Treasures, invited by Olivia Wasilewski and Bryanna Siewers, went on to be manufactured by Pressman, and is now being sold at Target stores nationwide.
To learn more about the Young Inventor Challenge, visit http://www.chitag.com/yic.