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2013 American International Toy Fair to host Digital Kids Conference

The show will take place 10-13 February 2013

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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and media company Engage Digital have announced that the 7th Annual Digital Kids Conference will co-locate once again with the American International Toy Fair in February 2013 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Taking place February 12-13, the two-day Digital Kids Conference will bring youth-focused digital media executives, brand owners and licensors together –from Fortune 1,000 companies and focused start-ups– to learn critical information about engaging children online and through digital devices. The partnership between the two shows will provide all Toy Fair attendees with on-site access to the Digital Kids Conference, giving them a chance to hear from more than 25 speakers who will share tips, tools, and strategies for tackling challenges in the digital media environment.

“Hosting the Digital Kids Conference under the same roof as Toy Fair presents a mutually enriching opportunity to our shared audiences,” said Marian Bossard, vice president of meetings and events at TIA. “Toy Fair annually draws upwards of 30,000 toy industry professionals who visit the show not only to conduct business, but also to network with peers and learn about the latest innovations and technologies in the world of toys and games.”

"Every youth entertainment company, from toy manufacturers to television production firms, should be incorporating digital and interactive media into their product strategies,” said Christopher Sherman, Digital Kids Conference Founder. "Mobile and online tie-ins, brand extensions and marketing strategies are critical elements for any company to stay competitive with today's kids. Digital Kids Conference attendees participate in valuable networking, see the latest trends and walk away armed with the critical insight and connections necessary to grow their business."

From its origins more than a century ago, Toy Fair has become a global destination that turns more than 370,000 net square feet of New York City’s largest exhibition hall into an annual playground of more than 100,000 toys and youth entertainment products. Toy Fair will connect nearly 1,100 toy sellers with an expected 10,000 retailers.

Toy Fair 2013 will be held from Sunday, February 10 to Wednesday, February 13; the Digital Kids Conference will overlap with Toy Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 12-13. All TIA members will receive reduced rates to attend the conference; Digital Kids attendees will receive access to the Toy Fair show floor.

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