The Inventors Workshop – uniting the architects of the next generation of play
When it comes to achieving success as a board game inventor, I’m told that coming up with the idea is the ‘easy’ bit. The hard bit is turning that idea into a physical product and then getting that product to market.
That’s why the team behind ToyNews launched the Inventors Workshop in 2014 – so that board game and toy inventors could be fast tracked to meet the industry experts who can help them take their ideas from sketch to store.
The event returns this year on 22nd September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire and features a two-track half-day conference for fledgling and experienced inventors, followed by potentially life-changing One2One pitching opportunities with major manufacturers.
This year’s conference programme covers everything from funding and safety, to IP law, an insight into what retailers are looking for, how to use tech in toys and tips on how to pitch.
A panel session – How We Made It – features established toy and board game designers including Jenga’s Leslie Scott, Hasbro’s Dougal Grimes, Lego’s Samuel Thomas Johnson, the creator of Crazy Cart Ali Kermani and Gillian Logan, the inventor of Skinny Sketcher. They will share their stories, experiences and provide budding designers with valuable insight and inspiration into what it takes to become a successful inventor.
Panellist Gillian Logan was a delegate at last year’s event and was snapped up by a manufacturer on the day. Her Skinny Sketchers were showcased at Toy Fair in January and are soon to be available at retail.
The One2One sessions are pre-organised face-to-face meetings between the inventors and the toy companies. They allow designers to pitch their ideas to industry execs with the hope of getting their product started on the road to retail.
This year, Hasbro, Vivid, Flair, Cartamunid, Character, Sambro, Worlds Apart and Ooba are already confirmed for the One2Ones. More will be announced soon.
Delegate prices for the Inventors Workshop have been kept intentionally low to make it affordable for designers to attend. And, until 7 August, the early bird rate is just £99 per person for the day including lunch. To book your ticket, please visit http://www.inventorsworkshopevent.com/buy-tickets/