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Kids at Play Interactive names best digital offerings

The upcoming ninth-annual awards has selected the 10 most innovative tech offerings aimed at kids, as well as Dash robots (pictured) creator Vikas Gupta as Emerging Pioneer.
December 20, 2017

After reviewing more than 500 digital offerings aimed at children, Kids at Play Interactive has announced the winners of the ninth-annual KAPi Awards. The 2018 winners for the most innovative games, software, devices and apps for kids in the digital space will receive their awards at a January 10 ceremony during Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Facebook’s newly launched Messenger Kids received the honor of Best App for Older Children. The app debuted earlier this month as an offering for kids ages six to 12 and offers photo filters, video chat and messaging capabilities.

The KAPi Awards are also set to honor Vikas Gupta as Emerging Pioneer. The CEO of Wonder Workshop created coding-based Dot, Dash and Cue robots (pictured), and was previously head of consumer payments at Google.

The awards were judged by a panel of journalists, analysts and publishers including Children’s Technology Review editor Warren Buckleitner, TTPM‘s Chris Byrne, Dubit’s David Kleeman and Robin Raskin from Living in Digital Times.

This year’s KAPI winners include:

Best App – Younger Children

Sago Mini World, Sago Mini

Best App – Older Children

Messenger Kids, Facebook

Best Peripheral

Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2, VTech

Best Content Distribution

WOW in the World Podcast for Kids by Tinkercast on NPR

Best AR/VR Application

Merge Cube, Merge VR

Best Maker Product

Circuit Cubes, Tenka Labs

Most Creative

Beast of Balance, Sensible Object

Award of Innovation

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenge, Lenovo

Best Physical/Digital Merger

LEGO Boost, LEGO

Best Thing that Flies

Aura Drone with Glove Controller, KD Group

Emerging Pioneer

Vikas Gupta, Wonder Workshop

Lifetime Achievement

Markus Persson: The Father of Minecraft

About The Author
Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's Online Writer. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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