NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Living in Digital Times and Children's Technology Review have once again teamed up to honor the latest innovations in children's technology with an official call for nominations for the Kids@Play Interactive Awards (KAPis). Now in its eighth year, the prestigious awards program honors the digital pioneers and products impacting the kids' tech industry today.
"We're looking for people and products that represent the absolute best that the kids' tech world has to offer," said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. "With screentime often seen as a "boogeyman," we take pride in identifying high tech play that reinforces the best in our kids. Part of what separates our award from others is a panel of judges that are all leaders in their fields."
"We can all agree that kids deserve our best work. That's why we created the KAPi's. This year's awards include categories built around emerging technologies, to demonstrate how technology can be used to engage our brightest young minds," said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children's Technology Review.
The 2017 KAPi Award Categories:
- Best Children's App (Ages 0-8)
- Best Children's App (Ages 8-16)
- Interactivity Award (Best Use of Emerging Technology)
- Learning Award (Best School Based Curriculum)
- Best Hardware or Peripheral Device
- Best Content Distribution Platform
- Best Physical/Digital Experience
- Pioneer Award to Person or Team Furthering Digital Kids
- Best "Maker" Spirit Toy or Service
- Most Creative Experience
Nominated products and individuals are evaluated by a diverse expert panel of judges, consisting of respected publishers, editors from different media outlets and analysts who will choose the winners based on old fashioned innovation, craftsmanship and leadership. The judges' feedback combined with web viewership and "likes" will culminate in the selection of the final 10 winners.
Any children's interactive media product, as long as it is sold commercially in the domestic United States and was introduced in 2016, is eligible to enter. These include apps, augmented reality, video games, web delivered content, mobile devices, smart toys, robotics, new combinations of physical/digital play experiences and more. For the Pioneer Award, any team or person who has made a difference in kids' lives by harnessing the power of the latest technology can be nominated.
Winners will be announced on December 27, 2016 and honored at a special awards presentation and cocktail reception at CES® 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. The event takes place following the Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit at 5:30 PM, Friday, January 6, 2017 at Tech West (Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301).
The KAPi Awards are a culmination of the Kids@Play Summit, a one-day conference and four-day Kids & Technology Marketplace at CES 2017, Tech West, in January. By showcasing kid's technologies in its own venue we create a dynamic marketplace for raising the next generation of digital kids. For more see http://kidsatplaysummit.com.
Interested parties, including CES participants and non-exhibitors, can formally enter today through November 15, 2016 at http://kapiawards.com/2017-application-form/. For products, there is a $199 application fee to help offset the cost of the award. For more information, see the FAQ.
To learn more about the 2016 KAPi Award winners, click here.
For updates on the KAPis, follow FamilyTech Summit on Twitter at @FamTechSummit and follow the hashtags #KAPiAwards and #FamilyTech.
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About Children's Technology Review
Founded in 1993 by Warren Buckleitner, Children's Technology Review powerful online review database designed to help parents, librarians and teachers learn about the "dust and the magic" of the latest interactive media products. Access to the online review database, CTREX (Children's Technology Review Exchange) is $20/year. The weekly and monthly reports are $60/year. For more information, visit www.ctrex.us.
About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City. For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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