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
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
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
Vikas Gupta, Wonder Workshop
Markus Persson: The Father of Minecraft