What’s Happening @ Toy Fair: Scheduled Programming for 31,000
February 5, 2013 | In addition to offering trade
guests unrivaled access to the hottest toys, games and youth
entertainment products, the 110th American International
Toy Fair (Feb. 10-13, 2013) will provide its audience with a wide
range of educational programs, networking opportunities and special
The following is a sampling of TIA-sponsored activities taking place
throughout Toy Fair:
- Creative Factor and Independent Thinking Sessions (Feb.
These free presentations are targeted to Toy Fair’s creative
community and independent / specialty retailers. Each hour-long session
will tackle a different topic – from customer service and staffing
to marketing on a budget.
- TIA’s Content
Connection (Feb. 10 & 11)
Geared toward the growing numbers of licensors and
entertainment execs at Toy Fair, these sessions will tackle
opportunities for traditional and e-enhanced toy manufacturers and
designers and uncover new research about the preschool market; trends in
global youth markets; and more.
- Toy Fair Credit Conference (Feb. 11)
This full-day meeting offers rare educational and
networking opportunities for toy industry credit professionals.
Registration is open to TIA manufacturer members only.
- Digital Kids Safety Summit (Feb. 11)
Jointly produced by the kidSAFE® Seal
Program and Engage Digital, the half-day Safety Summit will provide
participants with a detailed understanding of safety and privacy issues
for operators of kid-directed virtual worlds, social networks, online
games, mobile apps and tablet services.
- Department of Commerce (DOC) Guide to Exporting: North
& South of the Border (Feb. 11)
Led by representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
and the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, this free seminar will
provide toy companies with key guidance on how to expand their
businesses further into the global marketplace.
- Toy Trends Tea (Feb.
TIA toy trend specialists will inform media guests of the latest
developments in toys using examples from the show floor.
- TIA Toy Safety Compliance Update (Feb. 12)
This annual update will highlight important changes in
global, U.S. federal and state-specific toy safety requirements.
Speakers include Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez
Tenenbaum (keynote) and representatives of Health Canada and the
- 7th annual Digital Kids Conference (Feb. 12
A two-day conference to bring youth-focused digital media
executives, brand owners, and licensors together to learn critical
information about engaging children online and through digital devices,
the business side of digital games, marketing strategies, and innovation
in the toy industry.
After-hours Events and Special Activities:
- TIA’s 13th
annual TOTY (Toy of the Year) Awards will
be held on Saturday, February 9th at the iconic Plaza Hotel, honoring
the best in toys and children’s entertainment and celebrating the
induction of Judith (Judy) Ellis, Chair of the Toy Design Department at
the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the late Russell (Russ) Berrie,
Founder of Russ Berrie Inc. into the Toy
Industry Hall of Fame. The esteemed event supports the Toy Industry
Foundation, which provides toys to thousands of needy children around
the globe every year.
- The Toy Fair Opening Ceremony will take place
at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 10th. A special guest star from the hit
Broadway musical, Annie, will perform at the ribbon-cutting.
- The International Visitors’ Welcome
Reception at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 10th has been expanded
to include international buyers, press and exhibitors.
- Toy Industry Next Generation (TING) Launch Party
will take place on Monday, February 11th at 6 p.m. at the
Parlour (247 W. 30th Street between 7th and 8th
Avenue). TING is a new TIA-endorsed networking and service organization
for young toy industry professionals.
Details about all Toy Fair educational sessions, after-hours events
and special activities can be found on the ToyFairNY.com Calendar.