Thanks to all who attended Kids@Play at CES 2014.
I think we can safely say that we had a blast and learned a lot.

Lesson 1: Youth Electronics are the fastest growing component of the toy industry. It doesn’t matter if the kid’s are two or twenty — consumer electronics dominate their wish lists. Kids are deftly poking at screens before they toddle and for older kids, technology is replacing clothing or sneakers as the social status symbol.
Lesson 2: A is for Apps: There are lots of them. The iTunes store alone gets 3,000 new submissions a day. But the world is changing. Our End of the One Hit Wonder panel looked at the power of aggregated best of breed apps. Speakaboos, Kindoma, Playrific and LeVar Burton’s newest app library were all on hand to tackle the subject of monetization and making discovery of good apps easier.
Lesson 3: Remember why we do what we do. John Barbour, CEO of Leapfrog reminded us of our obligations, both to kids and to building products that bring out the best in them.
Lesson 4: Invention is the Mother of Invention: Anna Van Slee and her merry band of inventors from companies big and small including Hasbro, Orbotix, Other Door Entertainment and Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Each shared their tips what works and what doesn’t when bringing a kids venture to life.
Lesson 5: Maker Mentality:  This year even President Obama has recognized the importance of the maker movement. He’s invited “makers” to the White House and we had the fabulous Ayah Bedeir from Little Bits along with Artefact’s Paul Hoover,  David Merrill, President & Co-founder, Sifteo Vikas Gupta, Founder of i-Play and Jocelyn Leavitt from Hopscotch all got together under Stu Gannes moderation to talk about the vital importance of raising kids who know how to create and explore solutions.
Lesson 6: Retail Experiences Tom Dusenberry highlight some great retail opportunities for 2014 leading a panel with experts from the fields of tablets, augmented reality and robots.

Share Worthy Announcments:
You heard it first at Kids@Play.

Kurio announced a partnership with Verizon to create the first cellular connected kids tablet. Both parties agree that kids will be afforded a broader, more enriching use of tablet technology when not confined to WiFi. The tablet includes a bevy of parental controls. The crowds around Kurio at CES Unveiled spoke volumns about the importance of the emerging Kids Tablets market.

FingerPrint showcased is new partnership with Samsung to create a kid’s channel on the tablet.  Watch Nancy MacIntyre’s presentation here.

Our first year of a full blown digital playground, the NEOS from PlayWorld Systems gave CES attendees a good chance to burn some calories and see the world from through the eyes of playground loving kids.

The introduction of the MIPs Modular Inverted Pendulum Robot from WowWee delighted audiences with these tray carrying/ bump and grind dancing/ gesture driven robots.

Play-I introduced Bo and Yana, a robot duo to teach kids programming.

David Pogue gave us the first look at his new Yahoo! Tech endeavors and family’s can look for some great new content from Yahoo’s family contributor, Dan Tynan.

The KAPi Awards , always a highlight, were spearheaded once again by the amazing astute Warren Buckleitner , and twelve judges steeped in educational and entertainment technology for kids.  Congratulations are in order for Hasbro, TinyBop, StoryBots, PlayWorld Systems,  and our pioneer awardee, David Kleeman for his  constant devotion to keeping the promise of kid’s media on track.

Click here to see the complete program book.

See you in 2015, but don’t make yourself a stranger.  We’ll be blogging, updating, and speaking all over the place and your news is always our news!

Robin Raskin and Warren Buckleitner

2014 Summit Videos

2014 KAPi Awards