World Congress of Play to Feature World Class Speakers From Global Play Industries

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Leaders from Digital Play, Video Games, Traditional Toys, Media, Restaurants   and More to be Featured Speakers

McDonalds, Li & Fung, Anki, Toca Boca among New Presenting Companies

The World Congress of Play returns this September to San Francisco featuring a list of new speakers representing a large cross-section of the most successful and forward-thinking companies in the “play industry.”  The second annual conference, a sell-out a year ago, brings together global manufacturers and retailers of traditional toys and games, video games, music, entertainment and digital play, as well as theme parks, industry associations, analysts and trade media.  The World Congress of Play takes place at the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square on September 8-10, 2014.

Among the speakers who will share the challenges and opportunities in the ‘play’ marketplace are:

  • Tim McKeown, Director, Experience Design, McDonald’s Corp.
  • Harry Chang, EVP of LF Products, subsidiary of Li & Fung Corp.
  • Mark Palatucci, Co-founder/Chief Product Officer, Anki
  • Björn Jeffrey, Co-founder/CEO, Toca Boca

“These speakers are an excellent representation of the broad array of experts from the world of ‘play,’ who will attend and share insights at the conference,” said Richard Gottlieb, CEO, Global Toy Experts, co-producer of the World Congress of Play with Charles Albert, CEO, Creativity Inc.

Mr. Albert noted that while McDonald’s and Li & Fung are well known in the play industry, the three-day conference also mixes in cutting edge digital companies such as Anki and Toca Boca.  Anki combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with consumer robotics into the world of play and recently released the heralded Anki Drive, a racing game like no other —with self-driving cars you can also control with mobile devices. Toca Boca, which makes ‘digital toys’ for kids, has had 68 million downloads to date of its 23 released apps.

Last year’s inaugural World Congress of Play featured well-received presentations from the likes of Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, John Barbour, CEO of LeapFrog, and Utko Tansel of Euromonitor.

The 2013 WCOP was heralded by attendees and speakers for its “energy,” and “engaged, warm, friendly” atmosphere, which made it, according to an editor in attendance, “one of the more interesting events I’ve ever been to – and I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.”   Chris Heatherly, SVP – Disney Interactive Social Kids at The Walt Disney Company, summed it up.  “It was awesome!  Some really inspiring stuff.”

“We’re finalizing the list of speakers for 2014 and expect several of the most well-received presenters last year will be back with new inspirational ideas to share and help shape the future of play,” Mr. Albert said.  “And we’ll be adding new speakers during the coming months.”

To register to attend the first World Congress of Play, visit!register/cqvr. Registration is $1250, with a $125 discount if registered by July 15th. Cost includes all speaking sessions, networking events and meals. (Discount valid for the first 50 to register for the event)

For more information and ongoing updates to the list of speakers and agenda topics, visit or follow @WCOP2014 on Twitter.

Source: World Congress of Play