What’s Happening @ Toy Fair: Scheduled Programming for 31,000 Guests

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 activities.

The following is a sampling of TIA-sponsored activities taking place throughout Toy Fair:

Education:

  • Creative Factor and Independent Thinking Sessions (Feb. 10-13)
    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. 11)
    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 European Commission.
  • 7th annual Digital Kids Conference (Feb. 12 & 13)
    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.