KAPi Awards Honor Digital Playthings

I attended the mammoth CES show in Las Vegas for 3 of the show’s 4 days. It is hard to imagine how big CES really is; billed as the world’s largest consumer electronics show, the event’s main hub is the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as outdoor exhibits and some at hotels on the strip. This year’s show was buzzing with activity; the Consumer Electronics Association estimates that 140,000 visitors (including 30,000 international guests) attended from 80 countries around the globe. The scope of CES kind of boggles the mind…and the feet. Luckily, my comfort shoes kept me in good shape throughout. Since more than 70% of toys today have some kind of computer chip, CES is an important place to preview cutting edge toys and also made-for-adult technology that will eventually trickle down to the kids market. One of the highlights of the CES show was the 2nd annual KAPi awards (which stands for Kids@Play Interactive). Staged at the stylish Fashion Show Mall, the KAPi Awards are organized by the organizers of the Kids@Play Summit at CES– a conference and an exhibition located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.http://kidsatplaysummit.com.

Warren Buckleitner, founding editor, Children’s Technology Review, said, “We’ve just witnessed a ground-breaking year for children’s interactive media. Twelve months ago, the iPad and Kinect were just funny words. Today, both have received the industry’s highest honor— a KAPi.” Robin Raskin, founder, Living in Digital Times ,added, “for a very long time, I’ve worked to shine the tech sector spotlight on kids. The winners reflect trends including mobile applications for kids, new video games that use the body instead of the mouse and products geared to intergenerational digital play and storytelling.”

The judges for this year’s KAPi Awards consisted of a panel of leading journalists and publishers, including:

  • Warren Buckleitner, Editor, Children’s Technology Review;
  • Alice Cahn, Vice President of Social Responsibility, The Cartoon Network;
  • Carolyn Handler Miller, Author, “Digital Storytelling: A Creator’s Guide to Interactive Entertainment”;
  • David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media;
  • Ann M. McCormick, President and CEO, Learning Friends; Co-founder of The Learning Company;
  • Frank Migliorelli, Sr. Vice President of Design, ESI Design, Inc.; Faculty at NYU;
  • Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times; former Editor & Publisher, Family PC Magazine;
  • Reyne Rice, Trends Specialist at the Toy Industry Association;
  • Mark Schlichting, President, Noodleworks; creator of Broderbund’s Living Books;
  • Andrea Smith, Producer, ABC Radio News;
  • Aleen Stein, CEO, Organa, Co-Founder, Voyager; President, The Criterion Collection

And the winners are:

The KAPi Award winners are:
  • Best Children’s App – Magic Piano, Smule;
  • Best Technology Toy – SpyNet Watch, Jakks Pacific;
  • Best Video Game – Art Academy, Nintendo of America
  • Best Educational Title or Service – Star Walk, Vito Technology;
  • Best Music, Movement or Rhythm Experience – Dance Central for Kinect by Harmonix;
  • Tools for Digital Creativity and Empowerment – Gamestar Mechanic;
  • Innovation in Virtual Worlds or Social Networking Service for Kids – Moshi Monsters, Mind Candy;
  • Hardware -iPad, Apple;
  • Award for Innovation “Novito” – Kinect, Microsoft;
  • Legend Pioneer – Jim Marggraff, Inventor LeapPad, CEO and Founder, LiveScribe;
  • Emerging Pioneer – Krista Marks, Founder, Kerpoof; General Manager, Disney Online Kerpoof Studios

Following the lively awards presentation was a FashionWare fashion show presented as part of the Mommy Tech Summit (another CES conference track) which showcased women’s high tech fashions designed by the talented Diana Eng. The runway show was narrated by leading mommy tech bloggers Helena Stone, Zara Rabinowicz, The juxtaposition of technology and fashion, intermingling of utility and beauty was terrific. In addition, there was a non-human tech dance performed by the Mint Automatic (robotic) Floor Cleaner–a riot! You can read more about Diana Eng’s high tech fashion, the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner and the other tech devices featured during the Fashion Ware fashion show segment.

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