TOYDESIGNCON 2013: INFORMING AND INSPIRING TOY AND GAME DESIGNERS
DATE & VENUE
Sunday, June 23th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (opening reception)
Monday, June 24th 8:45 AM – 7:00 PM (conference program + carnival themed reception)
Tuesday, June 25th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (conference program)
The Strong, National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY
Attendees are reminded of the annual Rochester International Jazz Festival taking place from June 21-27, 2013.
$195 per person for TIA Members
$495 per person for TIA Non-Members
The registration fee includes admission to all sessions and tours of The Strong, transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency Rochester to The Strong, the opening night networking dinner, refreshment breaks throughout the conference, and lunch and dinner on Monday. Accommodations and other activities (e.g. attending The Jazz Festival) are not included in the registration fee.
“I CREATE” Discount
Member toy companies that have received a blank “I CREATE” t-shirt and (washable) marker set are invited to style the “I Create” t-shirt and post a photo to Twitter with the hashtag #ToyDesignCon.
All members who decorate and post will receive a registration fee discount of $25 for every registrant from the company ($170 vs $195 per person). A slideshow of the t-shirts will be featured at the conference and on the ToyDesignCon website.
All cancellations must be received in writing, Upon receipt of cancellation notification before May 17, 2013, the registrant will be receive a full refund. Starting May 18, 2013 and continuing through June 9, 2013, all cancellations received in writing will be charged a 25% cancellation fee. Beginning June 10, 2013 and continuing through the last day of the conference, requested cancellations receive no refund. Refunds will not be given for "no-shows".
The Toy Industry Association and The Strong, home of the National Museum of Play, will host corporate in-house designers for a three-day “play date” in celebration of innovation, creativity and the power of youth at play for the second annual ToyDesignCon.
This year’s conference will focus on creativity, innovation and storytelling. The Strong’s vast resources—including the museum and its play areas and observation rooms; library and archives of play; and world-renowned toy collections, will once again provide the informative and inspiring backdrop for the event.
ToyDesignCon2013 will focus on the pillars of creativity while engaging attendees in the art of storytelling and encouraging them to connect with and channel their passion for art and design.
Who Should Attend
Toy designers, design teams, creative team managers, and other creative professionals from TIA member organizations and other toy companies.
The ToyDesignCon2013 conference program will include a special presentation delivered by a creative director from Cirque du Soleil, who will challenge attendees to “unleash their creativity” and provide fresh perspectives on the interactions of art, play and the creative process. Three panels – “Transmedia Storytelling,” “Channeling the Artist Within” and “Creativity in the Game Aisle” – will be interspersed among other presentations, guest speakers, tours of The Strong and social/networking events during the day-and-a-half conference that will inspire creative professionals to think outside the box.
Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 E Main Street, Rochester, NY
Make a reservation online or call the Hyatt Reservation Center at 888.421.1442. If reserving by phone, reference the “Toy Industry Association Design Conference” to receive the negotiated rate– $129Single or Double Occupancy; $304Suites.
NOTE: Cut-off for the negotiated rates is May 31, 2013. Also, alimited number of rooms are available at the negotiated rate for Friday and Saturday nights (June 21 and 22) for any participants who wish to arrive in Rochester early to enjoy the Jazz Festival.
ToyDesignCon2013 sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact TIA’s Stacy Leistner (646.520.4858) for information.
All sponsors of ToyDesignCon 2013 will be recognized in the following ways:
- Opportunity to include appropriate-sized literature in the Official Welcome Folder given to all attendees at registration.
- Company logo and web link on the official ToyDesignCon 2013 website.
- Prominently displayed signage with company name and logo indicating the sponsorship of the specific event or activity (provided by TIA).
- Opportunity to display promotional and informational literature on tables at specific event or activity (at sponsor’s expense).
- Sponsor identification ribbon on badge
Jackie Retzer (646.454.5587)
TIA Communications Assistant
TIA continues to support the International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference (T & G Con) and the International Summit for Profession Inventors (I-SPI) sponsored by the Chicago Toy & Game Group, and we encourage independent toy inventors and designers to attend that conference.