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First Annual 2010 Kids @ Play Interactive (KAPi) Nominees and Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual KAPi Awards, given at Kids @ Play (http://ces2010.kidsatplaysummit.com/) event on January 7 at CES.

The KAPi prize is an honest attempt to ask as many people as possible “which children’s tech products raised the bar for innovation and excellence last year?” For more about the award and award process, visit the KAPi FAQs: http://childrenstech.com/blog/2009/12/30/faqs-about-the-kapi-awards/

ABOUT THE SELECTION PROCESS: To create this list, we started with the 493 titles that we reviewed in 2009, then polled the attendees of the Fall Dust or Magic Institute (60 publishers, researchers and reviewers). From these, we came up with a list of 40, which were voted on. There were no entry fees or registration process (let’s be clear: these companies or people did not pay to be on this list).

Here’s the official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Children’s Technology Products Honored at First Annual KAPi Awards

Kids at Play Interactive Awards Celebrate Excellence

in the Design of Children’s Interactive Media

LAS VEGAS, January 11, 2009 – The results of a new prize for excellence in children’s interactive media were unveiled at the 2010 International CES (http://www.cesweb.org/) during the Kids@Play Summit. The Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Awards highlight products that raised the bar for innovation and excellence for children’s technology during the past year. Nominees included applications, video games, CD-ROMs, Internet sites, smart toys, web enabled CDs and eBooks sold commercially in the U.S. and targeting children from birth to age 15. The winners were drawn from a pool of nearly 500 contenders, using a public nomination process.

The 2010 Winners:
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Best Music and Rhythm Product: Beatles, The: Rock Band by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
For setting a new standard in the rhythm-game genre, and helping to bridge the generation gap.
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Best Virtual World: Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com) Update by Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
For continuing to innovate with new features and translation features.
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Best Children's Web Site or Service: Deep Brain Stimulation by Edheads
For empowering children with a powerful, realistic simulation.
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Best Hardware or Peripheral Device for Kids: iPod Touch (Fourth Generation) by Apple
For giving children access to thousands of affordable multi-touch experiences.
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Best Video Game for Kids: LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition by Sony Computer Entertainment America
For playfully transforming a game console into a powerful creativity tool.
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Best Title for the Nintendo DS or DSi: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box by Nintendo of America
For offering children a quality problem solving experience.
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Best Informal Learning Experience: Scratch by MIT Media Lab
For effective use of public grant money to create a product that anyone can use at no cost.
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Best Interactive Toy: Tag Reading System by LeapFrog
For using technology to help children decode print.
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Best Children's App: Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose Inc.
For tapping the potential of multi-touch for children. iOS, Amazon
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Best Computer Software: World of Goo by Brighter Minds Media, Inc.
For playfully introducing powerful scientific building concepts in a puzzle setting. Android

“The KAPi Awards are designed to help us all take a bird’s eye view on the past year, and shine a spotlight on state-of-the art work,” said Warren Buckleitner, the Award Coordinator.

“So much of CES has its eye on the future, but the future builds on the great work of the past,” said Robin Raskin, founder of the Kids@Play Summit. “Our KAPi awards salute that sentiment.”

The finalists of the first annual KAPi Awards were selected by a group of publishers and critics at the Dust or Magic Institute and the winners were determined by the popular vote of the attendees at the 2010 Kids@Play Summit. For more details about the selection and screening process, visit http://www.childrenstech.com/kapis.

For further information:

Tonda Bunge Sellers
Phone: 512-626-3334
Email: tonda@livingindigitaltimes.com