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The CHITAG Young Inventor Challenge happens annually as part of Chicago Toy & Game Week, but the group has partnered with major industry players like Mattel, Magformers, Scholastic, and the American Specialty Retailer Association (ASTRA) to launch a special spring edition, specifically to help inspire kids stuck at home due to COVID-19.
Who: Kids ages 6-18 as of April 15, 2020
Deadline for Entry: June 15, 2020
Winners Announced: July 1, 2020
Details: This is the 14th year for the Young Inventor Challenge, in which heavy hitters from top toy companies mentor each entrant. There’s even a Young Inventor Design Guide that walks parents and kids through the creative design process.
During the judging phase, toy companies have the option to work with inventors to bring their games to market. Past winners include:
- 13-year-old Lily Brown and 12-year-old Tait Hansen who created Betcha Can’t, a card game all about betting and bragging rights. It’s available at Target now.
- Tiggy Silwinski’s Draw Into Crime was optioned by PlayMonster.
- Ellie Skalla is the young inventor behind Galactiquest, which is being sold at Target.
- Olivia Wasilewski and Brynna Siewers created Ship of Treasures, which is available on Amazon.