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The Toy Association Elects New Leadership at Annual General Meeting
At its Annual General Meeting open to all Toy Association member representatives held earlier today, The Toy Association announced the election of five new members to its Board of Directors for two-year terms expiring in February 2020. The meeting also saw the chairmanship gavel pass to Bob Wann, Chief Play Monster of PlayMonster, LLC, from retiring board chairman David Hargreaves of Hasbro, Inc. The meeting was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during the 115th North American International Toy Fair.
Top Toy Trends of 2018 Announced at New York Toy Fair
Kids’ obsession with “unboxing” and collecting toys, a revival of nostalgic brands, and toys that teach children to be better global citizens are just a few of 2018’s biggest toy trends announced today by The Toy Association at its 115th North American International Toy Fair.
115th North American International Toy Fair Opens Today in NYC
The 115th North American International Toy Fair opened its doors this morning at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where tens of thousands of global play professionals are gathered to see to see hundreds of thousands of innovative toys and games before they hit store shelves.
REMINDER: Donate Your Toys & Games to Kids in Need at the End of Toy Fair
Toy Fair exhibitors can help kids in need by donating their toys and games to The Toy Foundation’s (TTF) toy drive at the close of the show. The collection will take place on Tuesday, February 20, and is TTF’s largest toy drive of the year.
Collectible Toys Take Home Top Honors at 2018 Toy of The Year Awards Gala
The top playthings and most inspiring individuals from the toy industry were honored this evening at the 18th annual Toy of the Year Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with proceeds from the awards program and event supporting The Toy Foundation’s important work to bring millions of toys to millions of children in need.
Magic of Play Comes to Life this Weekend at New York Toy Fair
The hottest new toys, games, and youth entertainment products will come to life this weekend when the 115th North American International Toy Fair – the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere – opens its doors at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Toy Fair Events and Resources for International Participants
The Toy Association and its partners have planned show events and educational sessions geared towards international guests at the 115th North American International Toy Fair.
REMINDER: The Toy Association’s AGM to Take Place at Toy Fair
Attendees of the 115th North American International Toy Fair are reminded to come to The Toy Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, February 19.
Breaking PlayCon News: Google Design Lead Victoria Fang to be Session Presenter
Organizers of the new PlayCon have announced that a senior designer at Google has been added to the conference’s strong line-up of speakers. Victoria Fang, the UX (user experience) lead for new kid-friendly features launched by Google, will share leading edge insight on emerging technologies during a special presentation at the May 8 to 9 conference in San Francisco, CA.
The Toy Trends Briefing at Toy Fair is a “Must Attend” Event
REMINDER: Toy Safety & Compliance Seminar to be Held at Toy Fair
The Toy Association is reminding Toy Fair attendees about a free, in-depth safety seminar that will share news and developments related to toy safety laws and regulations in the U.S. and abroad. The “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” will take place Monday, February 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
PlayCon ’18 News: Trend Hunter’s Armida Ascano and Courtney Scharf to be Session Presenters
Looking for fresh insight into today’s youth or how to get consumers to notice your brand? PlayCon attendees will want to grab a seat for two presentations led by Trend Hunter executives who will share cutting-edge information for play professionals attending the May 8 to 9 conference in San Francisco, CA.
Toy Fair ‘Launch Pad’ to Feature First-Time Exhibitors Showcasing Innovations in Toys & Games
In less than two weeks, more than 1,000 toy companies from startups to veteran brands will descend on New York City to showcase the industry’s hottest new toys and games at the 115th North American International Toy Fair.
A Gala for a Good Cause
Did you know that The Toy Foundation’s (TTF) 18th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards gala not only celebrates the best of the best in the toy industry, but serves as a critical fundraiser that supports TTF’s efforts to help underprivileged children all year long? To join in the industry’s charitable spirit, toy professionals are encouraged to purchase tickets through February 11.
PlayCon ’18 News: Dale Dougherty, “Father” of the Maker Movement, to be Session Presenter
Want to learn how to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world? Then take a tip (or two) from Dale Dougherty, “father” of the Maker Movement, creator of the world-renowned Maker Faire events, and a White House “Champion of Change” honoree who was recognized by President Barack Obama as a significant American innovator. Dougherty will be presenting his ideas at PlayCon when the conference returns May 8 to 9 in San Francisco, CA.
Hottest Trends of 2018 to be Unveiled at Toy Fair
Mark your calendar for The Toy Association’s “Toy Trends Briefing,” taking place on Sunday, February 18 at the North American International Toy Fair.
Toy Fair ’18 Unveils Fresh Line-Up of Educational Sessions
The Toy Association, organizers of the 115th North American International Toy Fair, has announced an exciting line-up of educational programming that will enhance the show experience for tens of thousands of global attendees. Presented under the show’s “Knowledge Network,” this year’s seminars will cover everything from licensing and toy trends, to retail strategies, to tips for inventors and entrepreneurs.
PlayCon ’18 News: Jane McGonigal to be a Keynote Speaker
PlayCon attendees are in for an enlightening session from world-renowned alternate reality game designer Jane McGonigal, a leading expert on how game design can be applied to the real world, who joins the conference’s strong line-up of speakers as a keynote presenter. The New York Times best-selling author marks a new era for PlayCon, taking place May 8 to 9 in San Francisco, CA.
The Toy Association’s Annual General Meeting to Take Place at Toy Fair
The Toy Association has announced that its Annual General Meeting will convene at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Top Five Reasons to Attend PlayCon ’18
Excitement is building for PlayCon 2018, The Toy Association’s International Conference of Play Professionals, returning this year with a new conference format and location to inspire toy, play, and youth entertainment executives to find their next big idea. Registration is currently open.
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