2014 KAPi Award Winners

What products and people raised the bar for quality and innovation for children’s interactive media in 2013?

If you visit http://kapiawards.com you can see the results of the 2014 KAPi prize, a collaborative search for excellence that is now in it’s 6th year, from CTR and LIDT (Living in Digital Times).

The winners are listed below, and the annual prize is given at the International CES in Las Vegas on January 8th, 2014.

The idea behind the KAPi award is to ask the smartest people we (Robin Raskin and I) know to brainstorm about products and people that have made a difference, or have raised the bar for quality and innovation for children’s interactive media. This year’s winners include:


1. Innovation: Neos, PlayWorld Systems. A technology enhanced outdoor play system.

2. Best App for Younger Children: Storybots by JibJab Media. An animated series of products that combine humor and learning.

3. Best App for Older Children: The Human Body by Tinybop; a delightful exploration of human anatomy.

4. Best Tech Leveraged Toy: Furby Boom by Hasbro, for showing that an app can actually enhance a toy’s play pattern.

5. Best Video Game Software: Disney Infinity by Disney Interactive Studios

6. Pioneering Team: Touch Press

7. Best Educational Technology: Hopscotch by Hopscotch Technologies, an app that can empower a future programmer

8. Pioneer: David Kleeman, a dedicated champion of quality for the content that ends up on a child’s screen.

Behind the choice: our thanks to the 2014 Jurors—  Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review; Dan Donahoo, GeekDad and Project Synthesis; Chip Donohue, Erikson Institute; David Kleeman, Play Science (recused from the pioneer award); Richard Gottleib, Global Toy Experts; Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz.com; Ann McCormick, Learning Friends; Frank Migliorelli, Migidea and NYU; Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times; Reyne Rice, Toy Expert; Mark Schlichting, Noodlworks; Carly Shuler, Play Science; Andrea Smith, Mashable; Scott Traylor, 360KID. (jurors are not allowed to vote or debate in categories in which they had a commercial interest). There is one vote per juror. Judging was done using shared documents and conference calls.

Visit http://www.kapiawards.com for more information.

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