Enter the Spin Master New Toy & Game Competition. If you're in Grade 7 - 12 and living in Canada, this is your chance to invent what could become the world's next big toy or game.
Show us your awesome invention! Push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, entertainment and fun.
What's in it for you? In addition to bragging rights, you could win $2,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to Spin Master's headquarters. What's more? The potential to be paid royalties like a seasoned inventor!
You're in? Awesome. We can't wait to see your creation. This is your chance to be an inventor. You need to submit a presentation that will tell the judges everything they need to know about your game or toy.
Now that you're ready to get started, here's what you need to think about to make your submission amazing.
(Note: Best to include a video of the toy/game in action! Even better, if you can get other kids to play!)
Who is going to play with your toy or game? That's up to you, but your focus should be on children 3-9 years old, children older than 9, or a toy/game that the whole family can play together.
To be successful, you'll need to do some research on how kids play. A three year old will play with something in a very different way than a nine year old. And boys and girls of the same age may even play with a toy or game differently. Show the judges that you understand this by including research on your intended age group.
Toys are fun, but they're also serious business. Show us that you understand the competition.
To do this, have a look at the toys and games that are currently in stores like Walmart, Toys R Us or Mastermind. Look for what stands out.
Here are some of the questions to ask yourself along the way:
You've done your research and you've figured out who will play with your toy or game. Now, you need to think like a marketer: who is your target consumer and what will make your toy or game appeal to them?
To win this competition, your amazing creation must be original. Check out toy stores and websites to make sure it hasn't been done already.
To really stand out, your toy/game has to be exciting, different and more innovative than the competition. Think about the future and what new toy/game products may be possible with advances in technology. Check websites like KICKSTARTER for inspiration.
When the judges review your creation, this is what they'll be thinking:
The sky is the limit when it comes to design, but whether it's big or small, your toy/game shouldn't cost more than $100.
And your game or toy can be as simple or as advanced as you like. It could be electronic, incorporate mechanics or robotics, or use an app/smart device. It could also be a doll, action figure or stuffed character.
This would for a child between 3-5 years of age.
For Boys or Girls or both between the ages of 5-9
For Boys or Girls or both over the age of 9.
Toy or Game for the Family.
In the toy and game industry, professionals review their creations and conduct what's called a "proof of concept" to make sure that the toy meets its design objectives. Now it's your turn.
We know a lot of work has gone into your toy/creation. When you're ready to submit it, here's what you need to show us:
This could include sketches, 2D presentations, 3D CAD, control drawing, models or video.
The judges want to see your thought process and how your work evolved, so be sure to include rough sketches of early prototypes, etc.
Each of the five finalists selected for this competition will be announced at the CWSF and will receive:
Invitation to attend the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Festival in Montreal, QC from May 17-20, 2016.
Travel to and from Montreal from the nearest major airport/travel city.
The finalists must be in attendance from May 17-20, 2016 to qualify for the winning concept.
Accommodation and meals will be provided for the period of May 17-20, 2016 in accordance with Canada-Wide Science Festival policy.
The winning concept, announced May 19, 2016, will receive:
Cash prize of $2,500
Opportunity to bring their original toy/game idea to life
Mentorship from Spin Master
4% royalty, should the toy/game make it to market