What are the KAPi Awards?

The KAPi (Kids at Play Interactive) Awards is an annual, juried celebration of noteworthy children’s technology products. The independent panel of jurors selects both products and the people behind them.

What products are eligible?

Any child-focused products (age range birth-16), including apps and online video games, connected play experiences, robotic and maker toys, digitally-delivered content, and virtual(VR), augmented (AR) and mixed reality (XR) and powered play with artificial intelligence (AI).

Products from any country and company are eligible, as long as they are commercially available in the United States.

Products must have a copyright date between January 1 and December 31 of the current year, and they must be in playable form by November 1.

Each year, we also select an individual who has been a pioneer in the field of children’s interactive media and a budding newcomer who has made a significant contribution over the past year.

What products are not considered?

Non-interactive products, such as videos, movies or books are not considered. Only interactive (non-linear) products are considered.

How do I enter?

There are three ways to enter.

  1. Enter here by using the online application. This way you get your product recognized on our website (Where inter demographics visit daily). Visibility is your friend. Your name will appear on the ballot and will be top of mind in the conversation among the judges. Your support of the awards is appreciated by all in the industry. This does not give your product special consideration.
  2. Get nominated by “the academy” by write-in ballot at our marketing partner Digital Kids Summit and be seen/tested the first week of November, when the 80 members of Dust or Magic look over the list of new products and make nominations. The final decision is made by the jurors.
  3. Apply for a scholarship. If the jurors feel your product has potential but the fee is prohibitive, the entry fee will be waived. Contact Tonda Bunge Sellers: [email protected]

What is the deadline?

Products must be in playable format by November 1 of the current year, in order to be demonstrated at the Dust or Magic Institute. Entries for the KAPi awards are due as specified in the Important Dates sidebar.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, as detailed in the application form. Also keep in mind that there are costs associated to attend the International CES where the awards are presented.

Who coordinates the KAPi awards?

The prize is operated jointly by Living in Digital Times, and Children’s Technology Review.

What is the motive of these awards?

The KAPi awards recognize excellence in design and innovation. Organizers Robin Raskin, Warren Buckleitner, and Tonda Bunge Sellers coordinate annual events that provide face to face forums for decision makers to touch base on which products, people, and companies should be honored for raising the bar of excellence for innovation for kid’s tech.

Who selects the winners?

Our panel of distinguished judges, representing all facets of the kids’ media business, engage in a series of conversations via phone and email to determine what the characteristics of good kids’ digital play should be and which nominated products are most deserving.

When are the winners announced and presented?

See the Important Dates sidebar.

What does winning a KAPi mean?

Winners receive global recognition in the following ways: permission to display the prize logo on award-winning titles, promotion of the winning title on the prize website and on social media, and presentation of an award during the awards ceremony.

 Are the results of my nomination ballots made public?

No. They are consider embargoed material and are not released to the public. Your name is not identified with any product. You may, at your choosing, be listed as one of the nominators.

I have more questions not answered here:

Additional inquiries should be sent to:

Tonda Bunge Sellers, Producer
KAPi Awards
[email protected]