There’s another award on the horizon, and it’s for the latest innovations in children’s technology. The KAPI Awards are given to kids’ apps, robots, video games, smart toys, augmented-reality games, and more. The application process will be open from now until December 16, 2015.
Last year’s winners included the Osmo toy, LumiKids learning apps, the Monument Valley mobile game, and the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved video game. (These are some of Pixelkin’s favorite games and toys as well.)
The KAPi awards are sponsored by Living in Digital Times, Children’s Technology Review and Digital Kids Media, organizations that rate products for kids and present conferences for producers of kids’ products.
“This year’s KAPi Award categories cover every aspect of being a digital kid, from emerging technology to best apps, from best robots to best way to distribute kids content,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review.
The 2016 awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Best Children’s App (older kids)
- Best Children’s App (pre-readers)
- Best “Maker” Spirit Toy or Service
- Innovation Award (best use of emerging technology)
- Learning Award: Best School Based Curriculum
- Best Hardware or Peripheral Device
- Best Content Distribution Platform
- Best Physical/Digital Experience
- Most Creative Experience
- Pioneer Award to Person or Team Furthering Digital Kids
Judges for the awards are publishers, editors, and analysts. Last year, the Pioneer Award went to Dean Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segway. His KAPI award was for founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST’s mission is to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Winners of the 2016 KAPI awards will be announced on December 27, 2015 in Las Vegas.