Toy entries called on for CES Kids at Play/Family Tech Summit and KAPi Awards

Tech toy specialist, Collabsco founder and ToyNews columnist, Valerie Vacante has been called up to the judging panel of experts at the Kids at Play/FamilyTech Summit at CES next year.

CES is the showcase for technology and innovation. At the heart of innovation is a multi-million dollar toy industry that’s committed to growing digitally-adept future citizens. The Kids at Play/FamilyTech Summit at CES provides attendees with what’s new and next in innovation and connected play.

Next year, CES Kids at Play/FamilyTech Summit will host the 10th Annual KAPi (Kids at Play Interactive) Awards celebrating excellence in children’s media and digital. 

The awards were created by Warren Buckleitner, founder of Children’s Technology Review, as a way for the industry to come together to honour the developers and designers ‘who’ve given kids so much joy and knowledge’.

The board is now calling for entries to the 2019 awards. Any child-focused products (age range birth-15), including apps and online video games, connected or robotic toys, digitally-delivered content and virtual or augmented play experiences are all eligible for entry.

Products from any country and company are also 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, 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 is also acknowledged.

Current entries include, Sensors Alive, Jiobit, Kids Court, Kids First Coding Robotics, Tablecraft, The One Smart Keyboard Pro among others.

"Winners will receive a place in CES history, with an unforgettable night of entertainment and honours at the KAPi Awards on January 10th in Las Vegas," said Vacante. 

"Emcees Warren Buckleitner of Children’s Technology Review, Tonda Sellers and Robin Raskin of Living in Digital Times, the KAPi jurors, and special guests will be presenting awards to some of the most deserving people and products in the kids industry."

To enter the KAPi’s submit your application by November 5th 2018. Winners will be announced December 5th, 2018 and a special Awards Ceremony will take place at CES Lando 4202 Venetian, Las Vegas January 10th 2019.

New to the KAPi judging advisory board for 2019 are Astra’s Ahren Hoffman and Collabsco’s, Valerie Vacante.

The 2019 CES KAPi Judge Advisory Board includes:

Warren Buckleitner

Chris Byrne

Amanda Gummer

Ahren Hoffman

David Kleeman

Dan Nessel

Robin Raskin

Reyne Rice

Mark Schlichting

Tonda Bunge Sellers

Valerie Vacante

"For the past ten years, the CES Kids at Play/FamilyTech Summit experts have crafted a vision of the best digital toys on the market and expressed that vision in the KAPi awards," added Vacante.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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