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Ellie Skalla

Young Designer Guest of Honor

Ellie Skalla is a 6th grade game inventor from the Chicago area. When she’s not drawing in her sketchbook or camping with her fellow Girl Scouts, she loves playing board games with her friends and family.

At 10 years old, she designed her own strategy board game set in space and entered it in the Young Inventor Challenge at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Her game, GalactiQuest, won Most Marketable Concept and was picked up by Pressman. After lots of play testing and several prototypes, including a mock-up on a camping trip that used M&M candies and torn leaves as playing pieces, GalactiQuest is now available exclusively in Target stores nationwide, Target.com and KublaCon!