by Chona Dizon-Freedman

What are the KAPi Awards?

The Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Awards are peer-recognition award designed to recognize innovation and excellence in design in commercial children’s interactive media. This is an annual award that considers commercial United States products. All interactive media products for children are considered, from any publisher of any size.

What products are eligible?
Every children’s (birth to age 15) interactive media product, from any country, from any size publisher, as long as it is sold commercially in the domestic United States, is eligible. These include Apps, video games, CD-ROMs, Internet sites, smart toys, web enabled CDs and eBooks. Products must have a copyright date between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the current year, although they must be in playable form by November 1. There is also a category to recognize a person 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. You can enter using the online form. This option will cost you, but it helps insure you get your product visibility, and your entry fee helps fund the prize. It also makes sure your name appears on the ballot and will be in the conversation among the judges. It says “we’re serious about this prize: we paid to enter.” It doesn’t mean your product will get special consideration, however.

2. Get nominated by “the academy.” This takes place 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. Get a scholarship to enter. If you can’t afford the entry fee, you can ask to receive a small publisher scholarship. If the jurors feel your product has potential, the entry fee will be waived.

Can I nominate my own product?

Yes. However, if you are involved in the process in any way, you must fully disclose any potential conflicts on the nomination form.

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 by Dec 8 at the latest, but earlier entries give the judges more time to get to know the products.

Is there an entry fee?
Yes, as detailed on the online form. Also keep in mind that there are costs associated to attend either the Dust or Magic institute or the International CES where the awards are presented.

Who coordinates the Prize?
The prize is operated jointly by Living in Digital Times, and Children’s Technology Review.

What is the motive of this prize?
You’ve probably noticed that prizes often have a motive; either to promote an event or publication (as this prize does) or to make money, say from entry fees, sales of seals. The KAPi awards are designed to recognize excellence in design and innovation as accurately as possible, with minimal cost and effort on behalf of both the organizers, the jurors and the people who enter. The prize creators — Warren Buckleitner and Robin Raskin — coordinate annual events that can provide a the necessary face-to-face forum required to select and recognize winners. The main motive of the KAPi awards is to accurately recognize excellent the design of children’s interactive media, with the help of reviewers and designers.

Who selects the winners?
The winners are selected by the KAPi jurors.

When are the winners announced?
The final prize winners are revealed at 7 PM, January 7, the end of the annual Kids @ Play conference, held during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

What does winning a KAPi mean?
Winners receive international 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 presentation of an award during a prize ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show.

When are the finalists and winners announced?
Finalists will be notified on December 16. Winners will be selected and announced during the Kids at Play Summit, held the first week of January at CES. Winners will be posted at the Kids at Play Summit website.

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:
We (Robin and Warren) welcome your questions on this young prize initiative. Send them by email to

Warren Buckleitner,
Editor, Children’s Technology Review.
[email protected]

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