Applications Now Open to Present at Toy Fair® University

toy-fair university 2023May 8, 2024 | Calling all toy industry thought leaders: The Toy Association™ is now accepting presentation applications for Toy Fair® University, taking place throughout the show from March 1 to 4, 2025 at the Javits Center in New York City. Experts are invited to submit their application for a chance to transform their research, ideas, case studies, and best practices into an enriching session for show attendees.

Toy Fair University is designed to spark imagination, encourage dialogue, and drive solutions for all those in the business of play. Educational sessions will feature a wide range of experts and provide access to the strongest, most comprehensive thought leadership in the global toy and play industry.

“Following the resounding success of our last Toy Fair University series, we're looking forward to once again opening the doors for expert speaker applications,” said Kimberly Carcone, executive vice president of global market events at The Toy Association. “We welcome submissions from toy, play, academia, retail, technology and toy-adjacent experts eager to share their insights with Toy Fair attendees. Join us as we embark on another educational journey, shaping the future of play at Toy Fair!”

Toy Fair University is seeking session topics covering manufacturing, retail, shipping, trends, technology, e-commerce, licensing, legal, packaging, inventing and designing, and more. Speakers must be available to present in person during Toy Fair and participate in an audience Q&A post-session. Sessions are open to all Toy Fair participants and will be recorded. Click here to view sessions from Toy Fair 2023.

Completed speaker applications are due July 12. Accepted presenters/sessions will be notified by September 6. If selected, final session material must be submitted to show management for review by January 17, 2025.

More details on Toy Fair University’s presentation application, session topics, target audiences, and review and selection process are available here. Contact Jackie Retzer, The Toy Association’s director of event management, with any questions about Toy Fair’s call for presentations.

Toy Fair® will take place March 1 to 4, 2025 at the Javits Center in New York City. Companies can apply to exhibit today. Attendee registration will open in October. Hotel bookings are now open. Visit to learn more.