CES Kids and Family Tech – Calling all innovative toy, play and interactive experiences to enter KAPi Award

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 and FamilyTech Summit at CES provides attendees with what’s new and next in innovation and connected play. 


In 2020 CES Kids and FamilyTech Summit will host the 12th Annual KAPi (Kids at Play Interactive) Awards celebrating excellence in children’s media and digital. They were created by Warren Buckleitner, Founder of Children’s Technology Review, as a way for the industry to come together to honor the developers and designers who’ve given kids so much joy and knowledge.


Any child-focused products (age range birth-16), including apps and online video games, connected play experiences, robotic and maker toys, digitally-delivered content, and virtual(VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (XR) and powered play with artificial intelligence (AI). Products from any country and company are 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.


Current categories include:

  • Best App Experience (Pre-Reader)
  • Best App Experience (Older Children)
  • Best STEM/STEAM Product
  • Best Robotics
  • Best Creative Experience
  • Best School-Based Product
  • Best Maker Spirit Product
  • Best New Technology Products
  • Pioneer Award


Winners will receive a place in CES history, with an unforgettable night of entertainment and honors at the KAPi Awards on January 9th in Las Vegas. 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. The process involves self-nomination, with a nominal entry fee, to see if you quality read the FAQ, scholarships are also available.. 

Current entries include, St. Noire, tori Explorer Pack, Hot Wheels id, Myla the Magical Unicorn, Countdown, Roybi RObot,Weyo & Sesame Street Yourself, My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog, The Coolpad Dyno Smartwatch, Wonder Painter, Amplify Reading among others. 

To enter the KAPi’s submit your application by November 24th 2019. Winners will be announced on December 9th, 2019 and a special Awards Ceremony will take place at CES Lando 4302 Venetian, Las Vegas January 9th 2019.  

KAPi Advisory Board Judges

What makes the KAPI Award program unique is our illustrious panel of judges including creators, innovators, entrepreneurs across the industry.

The 2020 CES KAPi Judge Advisory Board includes:

Warren Buckleitner

Chris Byrne

Mary Couzin

Amanda Gummer

Ahren Hoffman

David Kleeman

Dan Nessel

Robin Raskin

Reyne Rice

Mark Schlichting

Tonda Bunge Sellers

Valerie Vacante


New to the KAPi jury this year is Caitlin Gutekunst, Scott Traylor, Jennifer Wells. 


For the past twelve 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. 


To learn more about the KAPi awards or getting involved with the CES Kids at Play/FamilyTech Summit contact: 


Tonda Bunge Sellers, Producer

KAPi Awards



About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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