TOY & GAME INVENTORS: Learn how to present your inventions to Spin Master Toy & Game Company with VP of Inventor Relations and also hear about a great Kid Inventors Camp with Julie Blake.
Ben Dermer- As Vice President of New Ideas for Spin Master, Benjamin Dermer is in charge of finding, evaluating and implementing new toy concepts. In a given year, Ben sees over 3000 new inventions, and with his team leads the process of trying to figure out what’s new, cool and innovative in the world of toys. Working closely with inventors and designers around the world, he has helped bring to market hundreds of items, including Bakugan and this fall’s new robot dog, Zoomer. www.spinmaster.com
Julie Blake: Julie Blake has been a long-time advocate of children’s literacy and has contributed to many non-profit organizations including ABC Literacy Foundation of Canada, The Montréal Children’s Library, 826 Boston, Story Planet and Ministry of Stories. She is currently working to develop the Young Inventor Challenge (www.younginventorchallenge.com), a contest encouraging kids ages 6-18 to invent their own original toy or game. Blake holds an honours degree in English, and spends her free time writing, traveling, and teaching her dog to do new tricks.
Young Inventor Challenge encourages youth ages 6-18 to invent their own original toy or game and invites them to present their ideas “science fair style” at the largest toy and game fair in the US, ChiTAG (Chicago). Working in partnership with the 826 National (NPO) network of writing centres, a series of Young Inventor events will be offered across the US, Canada and UK, encouraging more kids to participate and further develop their creative thinking and writing skills.