Living in Digital Times and Children's Technology Review Announce 2013 KAPi Award Winners

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The Most Innovative in Children’s Technology to be honored on Thursday, January 10 at the 2013 International CES® in Las Vegas.

Collaboratively organized and produced by Living in Digital Times and Children’s Technology Review, the fourth annual KAPi Kids at Play Awards honor the best of the best in children’s technology. This year’s winners have been selected and awards will be handed out on January 10th at 7 p.m. PT in the Venetian Ballroom at the 2013 International CES® in Las Vegas, Nevada. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 CES will occur January 8-11, 2013.

This year’s KAPi Award winners were selected from a pool of 712 apps, video games, toys and other commercial digital products designed for children, as well as individuals who have make their mark in the world of children’s tech. Among the winners are breakthrough technologies that include a portal of power that allows toy giants to jump into a popular kids video game, technology that turns your TV two-way so kids can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters, snap-together circuits for budding engineers and an at-home 3D printer, as well as the man credited for starting the maker movement.

“Getting the most respected thought leaders in kids’ media to agree is no easy task, but this year it’s clear to see that we’ve identified 10 winning technologies and technologists that have kid’s best interest at heart,” said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times.

“We always learn so much from the KAPi juror discussion,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review. “Each category had many possible winners; at the end of the day we had to choose just one that raised the bar over last year.”

The 2013 KAPi Award Winners Are…
1. Best Younger Children’s App: LetterSchool by Boreaal Publishers
2. Best Older Children’s App: IMAG-N-O-TRON by Moonbot Studios
3. Best Tech Leveraged Toy: Skylanders Giants by Activision
4. Best Video Game Software: Kinect Sesame Street TV by Microsoft Studios
5. Best Hardware or Peripheral: Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime Unlimited by Amazon
6. Best Technology Toy: littleBits by littleBits Electronics
7. Best Educational Technology: BrainPOP GameUp by BrainPOP LLC.
8. Innovation: The Cube by 3D Systems, Inc.
9. Pioneer: Dale Dougherty, Co-Creator, Maker Faire; Publisher, MAKE Magazine
10. Pioneering Team: Toca Boca

Judges of the KAPi Awards consisted of 13 journalists and/or experts in children’s interactive media, they were:
Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review
Chris Crowell, Children’s Technology Review
Dan Donahoo, Wired GeekDad and Project Synthesis
Chip Donohue, Erikson Institute
David Kleeman, American Center for Children and Media
Ann McCormick, Co-Founder, The Learning Company
Frank Migliorelli, Mig Idea
Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times
Reyne Rice, Toy Expert
Carly Shuler, PlayScience
Andrea Smith, Mashable
Aleen Stein, Organa
Scott Traylor, 360KID

About Living in Digital Times
Living in Digital Times produces conferences and exhibits throughout the year that bring together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations that intersect technology and lifestyle. Among their many goals is to help companies understand what it means to be a consumer in today’s digital world and stay a step ahead in identifying key trends in their given marketplace. Living in Digital Times produces the following summits and exhibitions at 2013 CES: CloudBase3, Digital Health Summit, Silvers Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, HigherEd Tech Summit, Kids@Play Summit, MommyTech Summit, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Mommy Tech FashionWare Show and KAPi Awards. Go to for additional information.

About Children’s Technology Review
Founded in 1993, Children’s Technology Review is designed to help parents, librarians and teachers better use technology with children by providing objective, comprehensive coverage of all forms of commercial products. CTR contains no advertising. It is published monthly for $30/year.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online: and Follow CES at

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