The Play Creators Festival will move from September to June due to the busy autumn calendar, compounded by the moving of Toy Fair New York.
The New York event, usually held in February, will now be held from 30th September to 3rd October after the Toy Association board decided an autumn timeframe would present better opportunities for the toy industry as well as appealing to allied industries, including licensing, entertainment and studios.
“We’re very excited about the new summer slot for the Play Creators Festival. Our original – and already quite busy – spot in September becomes even busier in 2023 with New York Toy Fair’s new dates, so we felt it made sense to move earlier in the year,” explained Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation.
“Having consulted with toy companies and the inventor community, our new dates in late June seemed to fit the bill and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Festival next summer. Who knows, we might even be able to take advantage of some nicer weather,” he added.
The three-day Play Creators Festival spans conferences, pitching sessions and awards, and will be held with both in-person and digital events. The live events will take place at London’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, the home of Chelsea FC, from 27th to 29th June and will include the Play Creators Awards (27th), Play Creators Meet-Up (28th), Play Creators Conference (28th) and the Mojo Pitch (29th).
As well as the live events, the 2023 Festival will also welcome the return of the Virtual Mojo Pitch, with the digital event taking place the following month across 11th to 13th July.
This year’s Play Creators Conference will unite the industry’s design and inventor community for an inspirational day of talks, panels and networking opportunities.
The Play Creators Awards is a relaxed, fun evening which will celebrate the recent stellar achievements of both inventors and in-house R&D teams across a raft of categories.
The Mojo Pitch will give inventors and design studios the opportunity to pitch concepts to over 30 toy and game firms, each housed within their own private box at the Stadium.
Taking place a month after the live Play Creators Festival, the Virtual Mojo Pitch will provide even more pitching opportunities on a dedicated digital platform.
More information on conference speakers, award nominations and companies participating in the Mojo Pitch will be announced over the next few weeks and months.
Toy or game firms interested in meeting inventors at next year’s Mojo Pitch should email Adam Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inventors or design agencies interested in attending 2023’s Play Creators Festival should get in touch with Billy Langsworthy at email@example.com for more information.
For sponsorship enquires across next year’s Play Creators Meet-Up, Play Creators Conference or Play Creators Awards, please email Sarah Goldhawk at firstname.lastname@example.org.