Jackie Breyer, editor-in-chief of leading toy industry publications The Toy Book and The Toy Report, is well-known throughout the toy industry as one of the leading influencers of toy manufacturers and retailers. She is respected for her deep knowledge of the industry and is relied upon to deliver the latest news and hottest products and toy trends to her loyal readers, who range from the top global toy retailers and manufacturers to industry insiders and analysts.
Jackie is also the editor-in-chief of the Toy Insider. Now in its 11th year, The Toy Insider gives consumers an inside look at the best and hottest toys for the holiday season. Her team’s Hot 20 toy picks are followed closely by top retailers as key drivers for the holiday season. The Toy Insider can be found on newsstands in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, and at www.toyinsider.com.
Jackie Breyer is the 2012 recipient of the Wonder Woman in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Award in the field of Journalism & Social Media. She is an active member of the Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Nominations Committee, participating in the selection of the industry’s top toys each year across all categories of toys.
Jackie has been reporting on the toy industry since 2002, and regularly appears in national TV segments showcasing the hottest toys for the holidays.
Claire helms Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards program. In commemoration of Parents’ Choice Foundation’s 30th anniversary, Claire cofounded the Sandbox Summit®, which thanks to Robin Raskin, the inaugural Sandbox Summit® was held at the 2008 CES. From 2010 – 2014 Sandbox Summit was hosted by the Education Arcade and the Comparative Media Studies Department at MIT. Claire serves on the selection committee for the National Toy Hall of Fame® at the Strong National Museum of Play,® as a member of the Toy of the Year (TOTY) nomination committee for the Toy Industry Association and as a judge in the children’s category for the International Songwriting Competition. Prior to heading Parents’ Choice Foundation, her Feng Shui path was filled with many stories.
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After inventing, self-producing and licensing her own toys and games, Mary turned to help other inventors through DiscoverGames.com. In 2003, she launched the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG, www.chitag.com) to create the largest North American celebration of play. In the years since she introduced the Toy & Game Inventor’s Conferences to help new and professional inventors, Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards (TAGIE Awards) to honor and celebrate inventors, Media and Blogger Breakfast, PlayCHIC, play inspired fashion, Young Inventor Challenge and the new Young TECH Challenge.
Mary serves on TOTY Award Committees and is a National Toy Hall of Fame Selection Committee Member. She has spoken at NY Toy Fair, ASTRA, World Congress of Play and ChiTAG events. She’s been honored with Women in Toys Wonder Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, 2011 TAGIE Founder’s Award, 2011 Global Toy News Person of the Year and the 2014 Woman Driving Excellence, Chicago Auto Show. She is active in local politics having served on City Council, Parks Board, Sculpture Committee, Zoning Board and Plan Commission. She is a past United Way Board Member. Mary received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Loyola University.
For the past 22 years Scott Traylor has defined the vision behind the Boston-based digital development and consulting firm known as 360KID. His youth-focused company specializes in product ideation, market testing, and product development as a service to companies interested in engaging kids through a variety of different media platforms for classroom and consumer use. The work at 360KID has won or been nominated for over 50 awards, mostly in the field of education, including contributions towards one EMMY win and multiple EMMY nominations for excellence in learning games. Scott is actively involved in research, writing, and speaking about child engagement through new technologies, social media, mobile devices, and various consumer-based delivery systems. Scott is on the Executive Committee for The Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group as well as a Board of Trustees member of a summer school/summer enrichment program called Exploration School (explo.org) for 3rd through 12th graders on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. Scott also advises a small number of youth- focused startups in the K12 space. In addition to blogging about the world of kids and technology, Scott is a contributing writer for Children’s Technology Review magazine. – See more at: http://kapiawards.com/author-listing/#sthash.oxb7eFuC.dpuf
Mark is a well-known pioneer of the children’s multimedia and interactive design industry. He is an expert in children’s play patterns and interactive design, and is probably best known as the creator of Brøderbund’s Living Books series. Mark has served as a creative executive at a number of software companies, and in 2000 he founded NoodleWorks Interactive, a design consulting and creative development company specializing in children’s content. Throughout his career, Mark’s titles have won over 100 national and international awards for excellence in entertainment and education. His latest app, Noodle Words, has won a variety of awards and been a favorite with children and speech language pathologists. Mark is the author and illustrator of “Harry and the Haunted House,” a children’s book and app title has that sold over 400,000 copies in six languages, and author of a new book on the psychology and art form of computer interaction, “Understanding Kids, Play, and Interactive Design and Play: How to Create Games Children Love.”
Tonda Bunge Sellers
Tonda Bunge Sellers brings her warm southern charm and entrepreneurial spirit to play as the producer of the Kids@Play Summit at CES. Sellers brings over 18 years of experience in education, policy, technology and conference planning with her. Her duties have ranged from budget and contract administration to establishing advisory boards to creating a unique vision for conferences at over 50 venues.
Hailing from Texas, Sellers began her career in the classroom, quickly turning to education reform and public policy through an involvement with a number of high-profile economic development and child advocacy nonprofits. She served as Executive Director of the Texas Entrepreneur Initiative and as the Conference Director of the Austin Game Initiative. She has spent the last 10 years directing the highly regarded Digital Kids Conference.
Sellers is the mother of two and an active community participant in everything from local PTA, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo to past leadership in the Junior League Austin and Chicago.
Reyne Rice is a toy industry trend expert, consultant, and media spokesperson, with 30 years of experience marketing, researching and analyzing the toy industry, entertainment & licensing, children’s technology, and the youth market. Reyne has developed products and solutions for the media, consumers, trade associations, retailers, manufacturers, licensors and entertainment studios. Her career experience includes working as a marketing consultant, trend expert and strategic consultant for international toy trade associations (USA, Germany, Scandinavia, Hong Kong), Mattel, NPD Research Group, Ogilvy & Mather, and other companies. As an international trade journalist for more than a decade, Reyne has articles published in over 60 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia. She is a frequent keynote speaker at U.S. and international conferences. Since 2003, Reyne has owned her own consultancy, ToyTrends. She can be reached at Reyne@ReyneRice.com.
Robin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and founder of Living in Digital Times, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like, and is happiest when she’s looking in awe at the role that technology plays in all of our lives.
An early champion of the digital lifestyle, Robin has brought her unique perspective on technology to audiences around the world. Robin is the former editor of PC Magazine and editor in chief of FamilyPC. She served as Vice President at Ziff Davis Publishing, and she was one of the founding advisors at Yahoo! Tech. She has been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Robin was a regular contributor to CBS News and appeared regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, Lifetime and other networks. She’s served at the National Academy of Science and has testified numerous times in Washington to protect children in the digital age. Today she writes for Mashable and Huffington Post, and serves as the voice of Living in Digital Times as a frequently quoted expert.
In 2007, Robin entered into a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to produce conferences and events focusing on lifestyle applications for emerging technologies. From its toe-tipping beginning, Living in Digital Times has grown to encompass six different lifestyle-meets-technology events at the International CES: Kids@Play, MommyTech, HigherEd Tech, Silvers Summit, Digital Health, and FashionWare, She also created and produced The Last Gadget Standing (now in its 14th year) and The Mobile Apps Showdown, both wildly popular events at CES. Robin serves on numerous Boards of Advisors including the CEA Foundation and the Cyclic Vomiting Association.
Robin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
Dan Nessel is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DadDoes.Com, a leading product review site for parents. Mr. Nessel has performed hands-on reviews on over 600 gadgets, toys and gizmos over the last four years and his product reviews have received over 47 million views on YouTube. This is significant for two reasons. First, Dan Nessel has a vast knowledge of what makes a gadget successful and second, he has clearly spent way too much time playing with gadgets! Mr. Nessel, a boy trapped in a man’s body, has been a guest on numerous radio shows, writes a national column called Toys N Tech, has been featured in news articles and most importantly, never gets tired of playing with toys and gadgets.
Yohei Nakajima specializes in identifying and helping talented founders building innovative technology solutions to help better the world. He has been a speaker at various conferences and colleges speaking about entrepreneurship and innovation. He currently works for Techstars, partnering with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator — helping today’s technology innovators turn their dreams for new media and entertainment experiences into reality.
Frank is an award-winning experience designer with a long history in the field of interactive media, exhibition and children’s media design. He’s worked on design projects ranging from children’s museums,libraries and schools, international pavilions, and numerous web and interactive media products. His clients include the JFK Presidential Library, Esquire Magazine, Tribeca Films, and the United Nations School. As a clinical professor, he taught interactive media at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and at the Interactive Telecommunications program at Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, he’s published numerous musical compositions and songs for commercials, television, and children’s games, and his music and sound design work can be heard on projects for Disney, the BBC, and 20th Century Fox.
He currently is directing the digital strategy for the American Institute of Graphic Design, the national professional association for the design industry where he is working with Google on a global survey for the design industry, a joint project with Amazon Music to explore design’s role in the music industry, and a number of educational and professional development projects for the design community.
An active songwriter and performer, he’s slated to release a second album of “grown-up” music in early 2017. To learn more, check out www.frankmigliorelli.com.
Rebecca Levey is the Co-Founder of KidzVuz, the only COPPA-compliant video creation and sharing site by kids for kids, where kids review all the things they love. She is the host of the weekly Parenting Bytes Podcast on the CBS Play.It network where she and her co-hosts, Andrea Smith and Amy Oztan, discuss family tech, social media, apps, gadgets and all the issues around raising the digital generation. As a leading education and family technology expert she has appeared on major networks and publications. Rebecca frequently speaks at conferences and schools about social media, family technology and parental involvement in public schools. Her nationally recognized personal blog, Beccarama.com, is where she writes about parenting, travel, technology, education, and all things NYC, and it has earned a spot in numerous Top Mom Blog lists. Her blog posts have been nationally-syndicated through McClatchy/Tribune and in The Washington Post. A passionate public education advocate, Rebecca was the 2011 New York State delegate to the Parenting Magazine Mom Congress on Education and Learning and is a White House Champion of Change for Education.
Strategist, analyst, author and speaker — for more than a quarter-century, David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices. Kleeman is Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy and research consultancy and digital studio based in Leeds, England. For 25 years, he was President of the American Center for Children and Media, a creative professional development center.
Kleeman is advisory board chair to the international children’s TV festival (Prix Jeunesse), a board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and a Governor of the Television Academy. He was a 2013 Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center. In 2014, he received the “Pioneer” Award from Kids @ Play Interactive.
Kleeman travels worldwide seeking best practices in children’s and family media, technology and products; he has given presentations on six continents. He writes extensively for trade and general press, including three book chapters and frequent commentaries for the Huffington Post and Kidscreen.
Barbara Chamberlin oversees development and research at the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University, where she is also a researcher and professor. The Lab develops a wide range of learning tools — including games, apps and interactive sims — and does extensive formative testing with users while developing products. She is especially enthusiastic about games for math and science (such as mathsnacks.org and scienceofagriculture.com), financial literacy, and active games. Her PhD is in educational technology from the University of Virginia. She’s also a math and science nerd, museum fan, experimental cook, and a mom of a 7 and 11 year old. See apps and games from NMSU’s Learning Games Lab and information about their programs at learninggameslab.org
Warren Buckleitner is an educational psychologist who reviews children’s interactive media. He’s been a preschool, elementary and college teacher (currently TCNJ’s IMM program). He is the founding editor of Children’s Technology Review (www.childrenstech.com). He speaks at education and library conferences, and contributes content to many books and publications, including a decade of children’s tech coverage for the New York Times. He holds a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), an MA in early childhood education from Pacific Oaks College, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University. He serves as a Sr. Advisor to the Breteau Foundation, and coordinates the KAPi prize at CES and the BolognaRagazzi Digital Prize at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In 2000, he started Dust or Magic (www.dustormagic.com) and the Mediatech Foundation (www.mediatech.org), a non-profit community technology center in his town’s library where he serves as a Trustee. He is the father of two daughters, tries to play trumpet in a Dixie band.
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