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MAKE founder and publisher Dale Dougherty was awarded KAPi’s “pioneer” award the CES conference in Las Vegas this past week. The award was one of several the organization granted for innovation in children’s technology.

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Dale accepted the award on behalf of “makers everywhere who are out creating, making, and building new things,” especially young makers who he said grow in number every year.

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Dale Dougherty.

Produced by Living in Digital Times and Children’s Technology Review, the fourth annual KAPi Kids at Play Awards honors standout achievement in children’s technology. This year’s KAPi Award winners were selected from a pool of 712 apps, video games, toys, and other commercial digital products designed for children, as well as individuals who have make their mark in the world of children’s tech.

“Getting the most respected thought leaders in kids’ media to agree is no easy task, but this year it’s clear to see that we’ve identified 10 winning technologies and technologists that have kid’s best interest at heart,” said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times.

“We always learn so much from the KAPi juror discussion,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review. “Each category had many possible winners; at the end of the day we had to choose just one that raised the bar over last year.”

Here’s the full list of the 2013 KAPi award winners:

1. Best Younger Children’s App: LetterSchool by Boreaal Publishers
2. Best Older Children’s App: IMAG-N-O-TRON by Moonbot Studios
3. Best Tech Leveraged Toy: Skylanders Giants by Activision
4. Best Video Game Software: Kinect Sesame Street TV by Microsoft Studios
5. Best Hardware or Peripheral: Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime Unlimited by Amazon
6. Best Technology Toy: littleBits by littleBits Electronics
7. Best Educational Technology: BrainPOP GameUp by BrainPOP LLC.
8. Innovation: The Cube by 3D Systems, Inc.
9. Pioneer: Dale Dougherty, Co-Creator, Maker Faire; Publisher, MAKE Magazine
10. Pioneering Team: Toca Boca

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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