Living in Digital Times, Children's Technology Review and Digital Kids Media Join Forces to Recognize Leaders in Children's Technology at CES 2016

The seventh annual Kids@Play Interactive Awards (KAPis) is the prestigious awards program that honors digital pioneers who are reinventing kids play for a digital world.
Calling all Children's Technology Companies: Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 KAPi Awards -- Living in Digital Times, Children's Technology Review and Digital Kids Media Join Forces to Recognize Leaders in Children's Technology at CES® 2016 -- Deadline to Enter is December 16, 2015

Living in Digital Times, Children's Technology Review and Digital Kids Media, three top names synonymous with quality kids' entertainment and education, have teamed up to honor the latest innovations in children's technology with an official call for nominations today for the seventh annual Kids@Play Interactive Awards (KAPis). The prestigious awards program honors digital pioneers who are reinventing kids play for a digital world.

"By bringing Digital Kids Media on board this year, we've expanded our coverage of every aspect of play for today's digital kids," said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. "Together, we will be collaborating to make the KAPis the most meaningful award in the high tech kids industry."

"It's an honor for Digital Kids Media to co-host the 2016 KAPi Awards with Living in Digital Times and Children's Technology Review," said Tonda Bunge Sellers, president of Digital Kids Media. "We come together to share our appreciation of developers and producers of emerging technology that make a profound difference in children's lives with the cutting edge play of today."

"This year's KAPi Award categories cover every aspect of being a digital kid, from emerging technology to best apps, from best robots to best way to distribute kids content," said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children's Technology Review. "The judges will choose the winners based on old fashioned innovation, craftsmanship and leadership, however."

The 2016 KAPi Award Categories:
  • Best Children's App (older kids)
  • Best Children's App (pre-readers)
  • Best "Maker" Spirit Toy or Service
  • Innovation 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
  • Most Creative Experience
  • Pioneer Award to Person or Team Furthering Digital Kids
Any children's interactive media product, as long as it is sold commercially in the domestic United States and was introduced in 2015, 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.

Nominated products and individuals are evaluated by a diverse expert panel of judges, consisting of respected publishers, editors from different media outlets and analysts. The judges' feedback combined with web viewership and "likes" will culminate in the selection of the final 10 winners.

Winners will be announced on December 27, 2015 and honored at a special awards presentation and cocktail reception at CES® 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. The black-tie-optional event takes place following the Kids@Play Summit at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Tech West (Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301).

For the first time, CES attendees will be able to get hands on with these KAPi award-winning innovations in children's technology. A special showcase, sponsored by Digital Kids Media, featuring all 10 KAPi Award winners will be open daily in the Kids & Technology marketplace on the show floor at Tech West (Sands Expo, Level 2, booth #7486) January 6-9, 2016.

Interested parties, including CES participants and non-exhibitors, can formally enter today through December 16, 2015 at http://kapiawards.com/registration/. 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 2015 KAPi Award winners, visit http://kapiawards.com/congratulations-to-the-2015-kapi-award-winners/.

For updates on the KAPis, follow FamilyTech Summit on Twitter at @FamTechSummit, "like" MommyTech Summit on Facebook 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 Digital Kids Media
Digital Kids Media owns and operates a series of Conferences and Expos where industry leaders will join to discuss the latest trends in emerging technology focused on kids learning, education and entertainment consumer products. Next up is the Digital Kids Summit, September 9-10, 2015 in San Francisco; Digital Kids Conference & Expo will be held in New York once again co-locating with the International Toy Fair the sixth year in a row. Acclaimed for their cutting-edge content and diverse array of renowned experts who join together as developers and producers from toys, video games, learning, education and entertainment industries focused on making and selling the best products for the digital first consumer. For more information, visit www.DigitalKidsMedia.com

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.

About CES:
CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry's most relevant issues are addressed. Check out video highlights from the 2015 CES. Follow CES online at www.CESweb.org and through social media: http://www.cesweb.org/social.

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