Thousands of Products to Debut at CES 2017, Which Ones Will Stand the Test of Time?

Crowds and Experts Get Together to Decide the Fate of Products in Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown

Call for Entries Now Open for Highly Anticipated CES Events


NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Living in Digital Times‘ Last Gadget Standing, now in its 16th year at CES, and Mobile Apps Showdown are now accepting nominations to separate the fads from the fantastic, and choose the most innovative technologies and apps from the thousands of products launched this year at CES® 2017.

“Each year thousands of new products are launched at CES. Some thrive; others wither. We believe that the crowds can spot a winner when they see one, so we invite a selection of the top products at CES to strut their stuff while the audience votes (both online and in the audience),” said Robin Raskin, founder and president, Living in Digital Times.

Products entered into the competition reach an international community of expert judges, tech journalists, potential partners, investors and technophiles, who are some of the biggest names in their fields.

Last year’s Last Gadget Standing live event winner was  VUZE 3D and 360° Camera the first consumer, portable 360° 3D VR camera and software studio that brings immersive content creation to the masses, while the online winner was awarded toThe Ripple Maker, an IoT device that turns every cup of coffee into an extraordinary experience. Using coffee extract, the Ripple Maker creates stunning designs atop the foam of a cappuccino or latte, in a matter of seconds. Last year’s Mobile Apps Showdown live event and online winner was iHeartLocal, providing small businesses with a free Customer Relationship System to help grow their business in three easy steps: connect, retain and reengage your current and new customers.

In addition to the judges, an online audience makes their voices heard by voting for the products they believe will endure the test of time. Finalists ultimately compete in a live presentation on Saturday, January 7. With roars and cheers of encouragement and excitement from the audience, the live event is a true celebration of all that is great in tech innovation today.

Returning for a second year to emcee is David Pogue, founder of Yahoo! Tech and a guy who knows a good gadget when he sees one.

Last Gadget Standing

10:30 AM – Noon, Saturday, January 7; LVCC, North Hall, N257

One of the most anticipated events at CES, where finalists will fascinate, captivate and become indispensable.

Who Should Enter: CES exhibitors and participants who believe their gadgets have what it takes to win a live and online contest determining the “most likely to succeed product.” The hottest new gadgets will compete to showcase how they are pioneering change and innovation in the digital landscape. 10 finalists are selected by a panel of expert judges and will be invited to CES for a live competition to demo their gadgets. Products should be new – not older than 2016, and must be shipping by Q2 of 2017. Winners will be chosen by audience vote online and at the live event.  To apply, go here.

Fee: $900 for 1 entry; $1,700 for 2 entries; $2,400 for 3 entries.

Deadline to Enter: December 15.

See a history of the winners or view last year’s show.

To view the list of judges, go here.

Mobile Apps Showdown

12:30-2 PM, Saturday, January 7; LVCC, North Hall, N257

Now in its eighth year, this friendly yet fierce competition showcases the innovation and ingenuity of today’s app builders.

Who should enter: CES exhibitors and participants who feel that their mobile app has what it takes to win a live and online contest determining the “most likely to succeed app.” iOs, Android and Windows 8, as well as apps that power hardware, eyewear, wristwear and bodywear, will be accepted. Apps will be evaluated by editorial judges to determine five finalists. Winners will be determined by an audience vote online and at the live event. To apply go here.

Fee: 1 app $600; 2 apps $1,100; 3 apps $1,500

Deadline to Enter: December 12.

See a history of the winners or view last year’s show.

To view a list of judges, go here.

For updates on the Last Gadget Standing competition, follow Last Gadget Standing on Twitter at @GadgetLast and keep an eye on hashtag #LastGadget. For updates on the Mobile Apps Showdown competition, watch hashtag #AppsShowdown.

Tweet this: Is your product ready for the spotlight? Entries now open for 16th annual #LastGadget Standing at #CES2017.

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City. For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

Media Contact:
Karen Pineman
LKPR, Inc. for Living in Digital Times
Karen@LKPublicRelations.com
917-453-6887 (mobile)

 

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Have You Raised the Bar in Kids’ Tech Innovation? The 2017 KAPi Awards are Now Accepting Nominations

For the 8th Year, Living in Digital Times in Partnership with Children’s Technology Review to Recognize Leaders in Children’s Technology at CES 2017

Deadline to Enter is November 15, 2016


NEW YORKSept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Living in Digital Times and Children’s Technology Review have once again teamed up to honor the latest innovations in children’s technology with an official call for nominations for the Kids@Play Interactive Awards (KAPis). Now in its eighth year, the prestigious awards program honors the digital pioneers and products impacting the kids’ tech industry today.

“We’re looking for people and products that represent the absolute best that the kids’ tech world has to offer,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. “With screentime often seen as a “boogeyman,” we take pride in identifying high tech play that reinforces the best in our kids. Part of what separates our award from others is a panel of judges that are all leaders in their fields.”

Nominations are now open for the KAPI Awards, honoring digital pioneers and products impacting the kids’ tech industry today.
“We can all agree that kids deserve our best work. That’s why we created the KAPi’s. This year’s awards include categories built around emerging technologies, to demonstrate how technology can be used to engage our brightest young minds,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review.

The 2017 KAPi Award Categories:

  • Best Children’s App (Ages 0-8)
  • Best Children’s App (Ages 8-16)
  • Interactivity Award (Best Use of Emerging Technology)
  • Learning Award (Best School Based Curriculum)
  • Best Hardware or Peripheral Device
  • Best Content Distribution Platform
  • Best Physical/Digital Experience
  • Pioneer Award to Person or Team Furthering Digital Kids
  • Best “Maker” Spirit Toy or Service
  • Most Creative Experience

Nominated products and individuals are evaluated by a diverse expert panel of judges, consisting of respected publishers, editors from different media outlets and analysts who will choose the winners based on old fashioned innovation, craftsmanship and leadership. The judges’ feedback combined with web viewership and “likes” will culminate in the selection of the final 10 winners.

Any children’s interactive media product, as long as it is sold commercially in the domestic United States and was introduced in 2016, is eligible to enter.  These include apps, augmented reality, video games, web delivered content, mobile devices, smart toys, robotics, new combinations of physical/digital play experiences and more.  For the Pioneer Award, any team or person who has made a difference in kids’ lives by harnessing the power of the latest technology can be nominated.

Winners will be announced on December 27, 2016 and honored at a special awards presentation and cocktail reception at CES®2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  The event takes place following the Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit at 5:30 PMFriday, January 6, 2017 at Tech West (Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301).

The KAPi Awards are a culmination of the Kids@Play Summit, a one-day conference and four-day Kids & Technology Marketplace at CES 2017, Tech West, in January. By showcasing kid’s technologies in its own venue we create a dynamic marketplace for raising the next generation of digital kids. For more see http://kidsatplaysummit.com.

Interested parties, including CES participants and non-exhibitors, can formally enter today through November 15, 2016 at http://kapiawards.com/2017-application-form/. For products, there is a $199 application fee to help offset the cost of the award.  For more information, see the FAQ.

To learn more about the 2016 KAPi Award winners, click here.

For updates on the KAPis, follow FamilyTech Summit on Twitter at @FamTechSummit and follow the hashtags #KAPiAwards and #FamilyTech.

Tweet this:  Calling all Children’s #Tech Companies: Nominations for 2017 KAPi Awards Now Open: http://kapiawards.com/ #CES2017 #KAPiAwards

About Children’s Technology Review
Founded in 1993 by Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review powerful online review database designed to help parents, librarians and teachers learn about the “dust and the magic” of the latest interactive media products. Access to the online review database, CTREX (Children’s Technology Review Exchange) is $20/year. The weekly and monthly reports are $60/year. For more information, visit www.ctrex.us.

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle.  It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections.  Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals.  Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards.  The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City.  For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About CES:
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

Media Contact:
Karen Pineman
LKPR, Inc. for Living in Digital Times
Karen@LKPublicRelations.com
917-453-6887 (mobile)

10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch at CES 2017

High School and College Students Can Enter Now for $5,000 Scholarship Award Competition Honoring Outstanding Inventions in Innovative Technologies


NEW YORKSept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The search is on for young, digital innovators.  Living in Digital Times announced today that it is taking its prestigious student scholarship program, 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch, to the national stage at CES® 2017.

“After the success of our New York program we, and our sponsors, are committed to giving young inventors from all over the country a chance to compete, visit CES and win important scholarship dollars. Recognizing ingenuity and rewarding it at an early age can be a life-changing moment for these students,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times.  “And what better place to receive accolades than from the center of technology innovation that CES is known for.”

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Lenovo, Kay Family Foundation, Asurion, Dell and Girl Scouts of America, Living in Digital Times will honor ten students, two in each of the following five categories:

  • Appreneur Scholars: Original mobile apps built for phones, VR or other mobile devices used for education, productivity, entertainment, health or other applications.
  • STEM/STEAM: Projects that make advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.
  • Maker-Related: Inventions or products that combine existing technologies and tools in innovative new ways. These projects should exhibit high-level creative thinking as well as technological skill.
  • Robotics: Projects that utilize mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a combination of these to create intelligent machines that interact with humans and their surroundings.
  • Socially Sustainable: Altruistic and activist projects designed to tackle social, political, health, or environmental issues and improve the lives of individuals or communities.

The awards ceremony will take place at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall, N257 on Saturday, January 7, at 1:30 PM.  Each winner will receive their award on stage at the live event. The ceremony will be part of a packed house at Mobile Apps Showdown, emceed by David Pogue, founder of Yahoo! Tech. In addition to the honor and invaluable exposure, each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a high-tech prize package.

Applications will be accepted from now until December 1, 2016. Winners will be announced December 15.  To apply and for additional information on rules and the judging process, go here.

“We have been partners with Living in Digital Times on the original Appreneurs Scholars program since its beginning in 2014,” said Elim Kay, President of Kay Family Foundation. “The expanded 10 Under 20 program is a significant platform to recognize young innovators across multiple fields relevant to the present and future.”

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle.  It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections.  In addition to the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch competition, Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals.  Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards.  For more information, visit  www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com  and keep up with our latest news on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About CES:
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

Media Contact:
Karen Pineman
LKPR, Inc. for Living in Digital Times
Karen@LKPublicRelations.com
917-453-6887 (mobile)

Robin RaskinFounder

Robin Raskin is the founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), a team of technophiles who bring together top experts and the latest innovations to look at the intersection of lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces a number of notable conferences and expos at CES® and at conferences and events worldwide. The company’s trademark events include: Last Gadget StandingDigital Health SummitFashionWare, Fitness Tech Summit,Kids@Play SummitThe Digital Money Forum and others.

In a previous lifetime, Robin honed her tech chops at a variety of technology publications. She was a columnist for USA Today online, editor of PC Magazine, started FamilyPC magazine and was one of the founding contributors of Yahoo! Tech. Author of six books, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Robin has been a thought-leader at the forefront of an ever-changing topic: what it means to be digital. Robin also serves on the board of the CTA Foundation.

She lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Follow Robin on Twitter @RobinR and stay up to date on all things Living in Digital Times on TwitterLinkedin and Facebook.

 

Linda Nessim
Managing Partner

Linda Nessim-Rubin is the Founder of Design Concept, a production company hosting corporate events, tradeshows and summits; and is partner in Living in Digital Times, which focuses on technology that’s relevant to particular lifestyles. Before starting Design Concepts Linda completed an 18-year stint as Executive Vice President of Communications and Branding for The Princeton Review, […]

Joel Rubin
CFO

Joel E. Rubin spent twenty three years with The Princeton Review, a publicly-traded educational services company. His most recent position was as Senior Vice President and COO of the Test Preparation Division, where he oversaw all business operations for the network of 54 field offices in the US and Canada. With the company since 1987, he also worked with the company as a franchise operator and owner, Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Financial Systems. Joel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Joel lives in New Jersey, where he serves as a publicly elected member of the Norwood Board of Education and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln College of New England.

Jill Gilbert
Producer

Jill Gilbert is a catalyzer of people, events, and ideas. Her experience ranges from speaker, publisher and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to Hollywood producer to breakthrough industry conference curator. Her most recent accomplishments include producing the Digital Health Summit, Lifelong Tech and Robotics on the Runway, which are adjuncts to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). She also founded and premiered the Digital Health Summer Summit in 2012, which continues to grow and receive rave reviews.

Earlier in her career, Jill served as the VP of E-Commerce at Caring.com and co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, the first national senior living directory and advisory resource. She also spent years in feature film development and production at Columbia Pictures, Disney, MGM and Love Spell Entertainment.

When she’s not mixing people and ideas, Jill enjoys a quiet glass of wine and a loud USC Trojans game.

Julie Sylvester
Producer

Raised in the Midwest, her life consumed by theater, Julie found herself in New York not long after college. Twenty-Five years of acting, directing and managing small theater companies led her to start her own production company, Julie & Friends, which not only produced theater but also corporate and social events. Since starting production of the Sports and FitnessTech Summit at CES®, her conference has grown from 1500 square feet in 2011 to over 30,000 square feet this year. Her strong commitment to her sponsors and her determination to put on a great show has made the FitnessTech conference increasingly a “must see” event at CES. In addition to FitnessTech, she produces FashionWare a high tech fashion show at CES® and in various venues throughout the year. A former board member, she still finds time to remain active with the League of Professional Theatre Women.