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Virtual Play Creators Conference

Tuesday September 1st – Friday September 4th (Virtual)

WELCOME TO THE PLAY CREATORS CONFERENCE 2020

Focusing on creativity, innovation, inspiration and design

Each day of the Virtual Play Creators Conference will see a raft of new panel discussions, solo talks and video interviews released via the Mojo Nation newsletter and YouTube channel. These sessions will be pre-recorded rather than live, so viewers can pick and choose to watch content when it suits them. The line-up of content will be announced in the weeks to come.

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THIS YEAR'S SPEAKERS INCLUDE

More speakers to be announced soon

Richard Heayes, Heayes Design
Dierdre Cross, Funko Games
Tanya Thompson, Hasbro
Hayzel Reynolds, Gamely Games
Trina McFarland, TinkerTini
Phil Neal, Go
Adam Borton, Creating Unique Toys
Fi Murray, Making Things Studio
Kenny Kiernan, Freelance Illustrator
Frankie B. Washington, Freelance Illustrator
Carlos Mendoza, Spirit Halloween
Tal Schrieber, Spin Master
Paul Reynolds, Spin Master
Inna Shimelmits, Toy Inventor
Roy Kfir, Toy Designer
David Snow, The Fantastic Factory
Barry Hughes
Leila Nosrati, Master Toy Advisor
Jeremy Padawer, Jazwares
David Snow, The Fantastic Factory
Azhella Wade, The Toy Coach
Lee Allentuck
Dan Klitsner
Rob Daviau
Shail Mehta
Alpesh Patel, Tomy
Emily Charles, Gibsons
Dougal Grimes, Spin Master
Simon Skelton, Big Ideas
David Winter, Spin Master
Adam Hocherman, PlayMonster
Hayley Woodward, Rubik's
Ian Downes, Start Licensing
Eric Karp, BuzzFeed
Stephanie Freeman, TSBA Group
Lee Allentuck, RN Branding & Licensing
Joanna Feeley, Trend Bible
Elan Lee, Exploding Kittens
Ben Butcher, Funko

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EVENT TALKS

Tuesday September 1st – Friday September 4th (Virtual via the Mojo Nation Newsletter)

SessionSpeaker(s)
Game On (Issues surrounding game design, licensing and pitching)Richard Heayes, Heayes Design (Chair) | Tanya Thompson, Hasbro | Deirdre Cross, Funko Games | Hazel Reynolds, Gamely Games
Life as a solo inventorTrina McFarland, TinkerTini (Chair) | Phil Neal, Go’s | Adam Borton, Creating Unique Toys | Fi Murray, Making Things Studio
Art of Play (Creating art for toys and games)David Foldvari, Artist (Chair) | Kenny Kiernan, Freelance Illustrator | Frankie B. Washington, Freelance Illustrator | Carlos Mendoza, Art Director, Spirit Halloween
Creating Art for Toys and GamesDavid Foldvari, Ravensbourne University (Chair) | Kenny Kiernan, Freelance Illustrator | Frankie B. Washington, Freelance Illustrator | Carlos Mendoza, Art Director, Spirit Halloween
Spin Master Toy Invention ProgramTal Schrieber, Spin Master | Paul Reynolds, Spin Master | Inna Shimelmits, Freelance Toy Inventor | Roy Kfir, Freelance Toy Inventor
‘The Art of Villainous’ with RavensburgerShane Hartley, Art Director, Ravensburger North America | Jake Breish, Graphic Designer, Ravensburger North America | Billy Langsworthy, Mojo Nation (Chair)
Inside Trapped (Bringing innovation to escape room games)David Snow, The Fantastic Factory | Barry Hughes, Golden Bear | Adam Howard, ClueCrypted | Billy Langsworthy, Mojo Nation (Chair)
Failure is the Key to Success (Industry execs to share how their flops paved the way to greater things)Leila Nosrati, Master Toy Advisor (Chair) | Jeremy Padawer, Jazwares | Azhelle Wade, The Toy Coach | David Snow, The Fantastic Factory
More Than Just Cool Tech: Tabletop 2.0 (The future of gaming)Lee Allentuck, The Last Gameboard (Chair) | Dan Klitsner, KID Group | Rob Daviau, Restoration Games | Shail Mehta, The Last Gameboard
The Perfect Pitch (A look into what makes the perfect toy or game pitch)Fi Murray, Making Things Studio (Chair) | Alpesh Patel, TOMY | Emily Charles, Gibsons | Dougal Grimes, Spin Master
Toys in Troubled Times (What has life has been like for companies during lockdown?)Simon Skelton, Big Ideas (Chair) | David Winter, Spin Master | Adam Hocherman, PlayMonster | Hayley Woodward, Rubik’s
No Characters, No Vehicles, No Problem! (A talk about bringing ‘left-field’ brands into toys and games)Ian Downes, Start Licensing (Chair) | Eric Karp, BuzzFeed | Stephanie Freeman, TSBA Group | Lee Allentuck, RN Branding & Licensing
Pandemic Lens: Implications for the Future of Play (A look at the ‘Pandemic Lens’ trend forecast for the Baby & Kids industry)Joanna Feeley, Trend Bible
The Origins and Impact of Exploding Kittens (A delve into how Elan and the Exploding Kittens team approach game design, including looking at their work with the inventor community)Elan Lee, Exploding Kittens
Never Stop Looking (A look into how Ben Butcher - SVP of Creative at Funko - and his team tackle toy design, as well as exploring his own thoughts on fuelling creativity)Ben Butcher, Funko

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