2016 Emerging Pioneer

Celebrate a Night of Kids’ Media Greats

The 7th Annual KAPi (Kids at Play Interactive) Awards celebrate excellence in children’s media. Emcees Warren Buckleitner of Children’s Technology Review, Tonda Sellars of Kids Digital Media, Robin Raskin of Living in Digital Times, the KAPi jurors and some special guests will be presenting awards to some of the most deserving people and products in the kids’ tech industry.

Meet, greet, and mingle with the toys, the tech and the people as we kick off 2016 the Year of the Digital Kids.
When: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Where: CES® 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Dress: Bling it out, toy it up, or come as you are.
2016 KAPi Winners
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Shigeru Miyamoto

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Congratulations to the 2015 KAPi Award Winners

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Innovation Osmo by Tangible Play. The symbolic world of apps jumps into the real work, with this $100 kit that contains a simple but ingenious tiny mirror and plastic stand. So you’re playing with your tangram blocks in real life while the iPad’s screen is giving you the “atta boys” and keeping score.

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Best App For Younger Children Lumikids By Lumosity. Three timed, leveled logic puzzles stretch the limits of what you can do on an iPad’s screen. The more you play, the harder it gets. Just like its adult counterpart, Lumosity, the creators of this pint-sized version believe brains are meant to be trained.

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Best App For Older Children Monument Valley by Ustwo Games. Addicting, beautiful and leveled perfectly to keep you challenged (and confused), this is a set of ten optical illusion maze puzzles that is ideal for a child in need of a challenge. Because your finger drives the transformations, the illusions unfold before your very eyes. Like magic.

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Best Maker Maker Creatorbox by Creatorbox. Everybody knows you can subscribe to a database or a magazine. How about a series of invention kits? These subscription-based maker kits hold monthly surprises for eager young inventors including projects like building a catapult. While projects range from decidedly non-tech to high tech, the judges liked the way Creatorbox integrates with littleBits’ robotic parts.

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Best Tech Toy Cubelets By Modular Robotics. Turn cubes into magic, with this set of snap-together robot parts. Test the limits of sensors that respond to proximity or light, or mix in a set of rolling cubes to make it all move.

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Best Robot Ozobot By Ozobot. These pocket-sized robots have optical readers and sensors, so they can see, hear and move. Use your smartphone or tablet to download challenges, or take out your own set of markers and create your very own Ozo paths.

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Best Hardware LeapTV By Leapfrog. Wii, PlayStation, Xbox….. and now LeapTV? Leapfrog is hopping into a new culture, with a plug-in video game console designed to run cartridges with a motion sensing controller and a Kinect-like camera. We like to think of it as a young child’s first game machine experience, driven by Leapfrog’s educational content.

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Best Family Entertainment Disney Fantasia Music Evolved By Harmonix. Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, Dance Central and Guitar Hero, have done it again — this time with a collaboration with Walt Disney that leverages the power of the Xbox One camera. Imagine waving your arms and having a symphony orchestra respond. The mix of quality music and accurate body tracking raise the bar in rhythm games.

chipdEmerging Pioneer Chip Donohue of the Chicago-based Erikson Institute has been a relentless warrior for Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) with the battle cry “put some DAP in your app.” He helped author the NAEYC position statement on Technology and Young Children, and more recently pulled together a diverse collection of authors in an important new book called “Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years.” Few have done so much to merge academia with practice.

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Legend Dean Kamen was into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) before it was sexy. His most famous invention is the Segway. But few people know that in 1989, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Today FIRST has many robotic programs, including the First LEGO League.

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Dean Kamen
2015 Legend Winner
Dean Kamen was into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) before it was sexy. His most famous invention is the Segway. But few people know that in 1989, Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Scienc…
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Chip Donohue
2015 Emerging Pioneer Winner
Chip Donohue of the Chicago-based Erikson Institute has been a relentless warrior for Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) with the battle cry “put some DAP in your app.” He helped author the NAEYC position st…
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Moss
2015 Best Tech Toy Winner
Turn cubes into magic, with this set of snap-together robot parts. Test the limits of sensors that respond to proximity or light, or mix in a set of rolling cubes to make it all move.
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Osmo
2015 Innovation Winner
The symbolic world of apps jumps into the real work, with this $79 kit that contains a simple but ingenious tiny mirror and plastic stand. So you’re playing with your tangram blocks in real life while the iPad’s screen is givin…
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Fantasia Music Evolved
2015 Best Family Entertainment Winner
Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, Dance Central and Guitar Hero, have done it again — this time with a collaboration with Walt Disney that leverages the power of the Xbox One camera. Imagine waving your arms and having…
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Creatorbox
2015 Best Maker Maker Winner
Everybody knows you can subscribe to a database or a magazine. How about a series of invention kits? These subscription-based maker kits hold monthly surprises for eager young inventors including projects like building a catapu…
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Monument Valley
2015 Best App For Older Children Winner
Addicting, beautiful and leveled perfectly to keep you challenged (and confused), this is a set of ten optical illusion maze puzzles that is ideal for a child in need of a challenge. Because your finger drives the transformatio…
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Ozobot
2015 Best Robot Winner
Kids use color – black, red, green and blue – to program Ozobot to follow a path forward, backward, fast, slow, right, left and more. This introduces kids to simple coding practices, expands their imaginations and e…
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LeapTV
2015 Best Hardware Winner
Designed for ages 3-8, the LeapTV active video gaming system combines activity with best-in-class curriculum, getting kids into the action while teaching core skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Wit…
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LumiKids Park
2015 Best App For Younger Children Winner
From the makers of Lumosity, LumiKids is a new kid’s app rooted in developmental science that provides a collection of play-based experiences designed for children two years and above. Decades of research demonstrate that child…
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Nito App
Nito is an animation technology company that brings characters to life in the digital world. Our App (iOS, Android, Mac and soon PC) allows fans to play with their favorite characters in a 3D virtual world. Whatever the user do…
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Toca Town
Kids rule in Toca Town! With this app, Toca Boca created a digital sandbox for inspired and creative play. Kids can explore the six different areas of Toca Town, make up activities for the 21 inhabitants, and discover hidden tr…
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Toca Pet Doctor
Playful and intuitive, Toca Pet Doctor allows kids to care for, love and help 15 different sick or injured animal friends, including a dog, turtle, bird and more. Designed for kids ages 2-6, the app’s beautiful artwork and fun …
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Bedtime For Sarah Sullivan App
The Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan app, based on the award-winning book of the same name, offers a positive twist on traditional bedtime stories with an emphasis on a rewarding interactive experience, for both parents and kids. The…
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Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play – Preschool Learning Activities
Captain McFinn’s Swim & Play is the first children’s app to incorporate a nurturing, live host into the children’s media experience. In the past, the most popular children’s television shows would have the host pretend to s…
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Most children dream of becoming an astronaut to travel to Space. Astropolo offers 8 mini-games that are highly interactive and engaging for children from 4 to 8. Players are asked to help Polo the astronaut throughout this stim…
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Brainzy
Developed using rich data gathered from the 20 million worksheets downloaded each year at Education.com, Brainzy features hundreds of interactive games and activities designed to build reading and math skills in children ages 3…
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Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps
Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps is a game which helps children to practise the essential first stages of reading. The game aims to be the first on the market to combine real educational rigour with top quality games des…
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TIME For Kids Classroom App
The TIME for Kids Classroom App is a dynamic teaching tool that brings exclusive current events content to life through interactive images, videos, animations, polls, maps and more. The Classroom App enables teachers to integra…
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Anki DRIVE
Anki DRIVE is a first-of-its-kind battle-racing game that lets players use a mobile app to race and customize real battle-equipped cars – alone or against friends. The next evolution in the “toys-to-life” category, each A…
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Care Bears Love to Learn App
The Care Bears Love to Learn app is colorful, fun, cheerful and positive just like the real Care Bears! The Care Bears Love to Learn app delights children as they play along with their favorite Care Bears in a series of fun and…
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My Talking Angela
My Talking Angela adds a whole new customized level of interactivity for fans to nurture Angela from kitten to adult while adding their own sense of style to her enchanting world. With unprecedented innovation, this app is fun …
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LeapPad3
LeapPad3 is a fast, high-performance, kid-tough Wi-Fi tablet with access to a 100% kid-perfect web experience and 1,200+ educator-approved games, apps, videos and more. Featuring 4GB of memory, LeapFrog’s powerful quad-core chi…
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LeapBand
The LeapBand wearable activity tracker for kids encourages active play and healthy habits. It gets kids moving and having fun with 50 activities and challenges, tracking physical movement so the more active a child is, the more…
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Joy Sprouts – Kids Preschool Education
Joy Sprouts is solving a key problem in nurturing preschoolers. Preschoolers are not able to tell their parents what they need to develop. parents are generally not experts in education, they need more information about their …
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Make it Kids
Create & share your own interactive games and activities with anyone, anywhere. Make It Kids is a powerful new tool for students and children to quickly and easily create their own individual projects. Then they can share t…
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MILK HUNT:KIDS MATH GAME
Practicing Mental Math can be boring and a challenge for Kids. We believe that casual games can provide a great incentive for kids to enjoy practicing Mental Math. Milk Hunt: Kids Math Game follows the “Skill and Drill” approac…
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Toymail Mailman
Founded by Gauri Nanda, the MIT grad behind Clocky, and Audry Hill, a mother of three, our mission is to keep families connected without putting kids behind another screen. Our toys called The Mailmen play back messages you rec…
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Tiggly Counts
Inspired by the Montessori cuisenaire rods, Tiggly Counts is a set of five counting toys that physically represent numbers 1-5, helping children concretize abstract math concepts. The toys interact with three engaging learning …
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Magic Finger
Magic Finger is an exciting and fun app exclusively developed for kids. By making full use of the fingerprints that children left on the screen, kids can interact with fingerprint creatures, at the same time, learn useful words…
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Kurio Phone by Techno Source
Kurio Phone is a fully functional, unlocked GSM Android™ 4.2 smartphone that has the sophisticated features kids want combined with the advanced parental controls and safety features parents need. Kids can call and text message…
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Kurio Xtreme by Techno Source
Kurio Xtreme is a 7” Wi-Fi-enabled Android 4.4 (KitKat) kid tablet that gives kids the apps and games they want, while offering parents peace of mind that their kids are safe online. It’s fully loaded with more than $300 worth …
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Pili Pop
Pili Pop is an English-learning application created especially for children. Available on iPhone and iPad, it gives children from ages 5 to 10 the opportunity to practice English every day. Designed in collaboration with langua…
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The Foos
The Foos teaches young kids about computer science concepts by letting them program cute characters in a virtual world. The game is self-directed and the interface is 100% visual so anyone, anywhere in the world can play. Kids …
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Curious George and the Firefighters by iRead With
We designed the iRead With shared reading program to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to learn how to read. With our iRead With animated stories, we encourage a participatory reading experience engagi…
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LogicBabis
“Babis Logic” is a game for children aged 3-5 years knowledge to improve mathematical problem solving. It is a fun strategyj game to teach children all previous knowledge they need to successfully overcome their mat…
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Dash
Dash is from Wonder Workshop- formerly Play-i. Dash is an explorer and helps kids learn to code. Kids can define how they want to play. Whether your child is into having make-believe tea parties, building elaborate forts, or ad…
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Busy Shapes
Busy Shapes helps children improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles, in which they must change simple shapes and place them in proper holes. Along the way, the app responds to each child’s acti…
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Slice Fractions
The challenge for educational games is to blend the gameplay and the learning material. We believe Slice Fractions innovates precisely because it integrates well its gameplay with the idea of fractions, a subject that is critic…
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Inventioneers
Inventioneers is a game for kids 6-12 where they can build their own contraptions. By using a lot of fun and sometimes weird objects they can create quite complex inventions and share it with their friends. Inventioneers is a g…
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MiP
The first consumer toy robot to balance on two wheels, MiP has captured the imaginations of professionals and people of all ages in 2014. The latest innovation by WowWee in association with the UCSD (University of California at…
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Hopscotch
Hopscotch is working to make computer programming accessible to all. Launched in April 2013, Hopscotch built the first ever programming language designed for a mobile device and is developing creative products to teach kids to …
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Dragons Adventure World Explorer
DreamWorks Dragons Adventure World Explorer, is a one-of-a-kind, location-based mobile game that uses GPS mapping to transform the family drive into a real time, immersive gaming adventure for kids. Inspired by “How to Tr…
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Reader Bee’s First Story Maker
Reader Bee’s First Story Maker inspires tale-telling and jumpstarts kids’ spelling with the first-ever custom iPad keyboard for children. The Honeycomb Keyboard can be installed system-wide and used throughout the Apple i…
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Reader Bee and the Story Tree
Reader Bee and the Story Tree is a game-changer for emerging readers. Young kids use the Honeycomb Reading Method to make reading consistent, simple and fun. The app sparks curiosity and builds confident, life-long readers. Set…
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ExploreLearning Reflex
ExploreLearning Reflex is the most effective solution available to help students develop fluency with basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Reflex is: — Adaptive and individualized. Reflex…
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Skylanders Trap Team
Activision is redefining the Toys to Life™ phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team™. Skylanders Trap Team, the newest installment of the Skylanders franchise, reverses the magic of bringing …
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KIDOZ
KIDOZ is making the mobile experience right for kids. We are a safe discovery platform for children with a huge library of pre-approved apps, games and videos. Smart Content engine tailors content recommendations for children b…
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EyePlay
EyePlay is a virtual indoor playground that allows multiple players to interact with colorful graphics and sounds projected onto floors or walls. EyePlay deserves a KAPi Award due to the wide variety of fun, active and educatio…
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Risk Ranch
Risk Ranch is the first and most exciting agriculture-based learning application for children of all ages. Fun and fast-paced, this single-player game engages kids with real-life content, challenging players to take on the role…
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The Great Piggy Bank Adventure®
A solid understanding of basic financial principles is key to financial stability for individuals and communities. That’s why T. Rowe Price is committed to helping people of all ages develop the skills required to make wi…
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Download Looney Tunes™ ClickN READ Phonics® and learn the right way to read. This may be the best reason ever to give kids a gift card for downloading apps. Looney Tunes™ ClickN Read Phonics® is now available as a downloadable …
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Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from the animated classics and blockbuster movies to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations. Image-based questions celebrate touchstone characters like Mic…
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Shigeru Miyamoto accepts the Lifetime Pioneer Award
2016 KAPi Categories
BestChildrenApppre-readers Best Children’s App (pre-readers)
BestChildrenAppolder-kid Best Children’s App (older kids)
Innovation-Awardbestuseofemerging-technology Innovation Award (best use of emerging technology)
LearningAwardBestSchoolBasedCurriculum Learning Award: Best School Based Curriculum
BestHardwareorPeripheralDevice Best Hardware or Peripheral Device
BestContentDistributionPlatform Best Content Distribution Platform
BestPhysicaDigitalExperience Best Physical/Digital Experience
PioneerAwardPersonorTeam Pioneer Award to Person or Team Furthering Digital Kids
PioneerAwardPersonorTeam Best “Maker” Spirit Toy or Service
PioneerAwardPersonorTeam Most Creative Experience

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What: KAPi Awards

Where: Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301

When: January 7, 2016

Contact:
Robin Raskin
Tel: (800) 553-2399