Digital Kids Summit

Digital Kids Summit, October 21-22, 2014 in San Francisco, gives you what you need to know to create and monetize kids games, apps and digital media products. The Summit is the must-attend event for brand owners, game developers, entertainment and media executives, marketers, producers, digital media directors and licensing professionals seeking to engage children online and on digital devices.  Oct. 21st will focus on Digital Media Learning and Oct. 22 will focus on Digital Media Entertainment.

You’ll hear from the hottest start-ups and leading brands focused on kids games and digital media. This year’s event embraces innovation in mobile, tablets, toys, wearable technology and more. From monetization and pricing to top selling product design strategies, you’ll learn “how to do it better” with the best!

> DKS Learning Day Schedule (Oct. 21st)
> DKS Entertainment Day Schedule (Oct. 22nd)

Confirmed 2014 Speakers Include

 

How do you best position yourself in this new landscape of informal and formal digital learning for the 21st Century learner? Don’t worry; Digital Kids Media has got your back. We are pleased to bring you Digital Kids Learning Day, October 21st in San Francisco, a part of our Digital Kid Summit.

We’ve brought together experts in learning: from teachers and administrators to game developers and mobile innovators. Presentations from leaders in R&D will share hard numbers and facts. You will receive highly sought-after digital media analysis, including trends shaping the industry. You will also have conversations with startup leaders breaking the mold. Come and be inspired and walk away with hands-on insight in best-practices in marketing and product development.

Digital Kids Learning Day Sessions include:

- A Surprise Keynote (Stay Tuned)
- State of the Learning Game Market and Selling to Schools
- User Interface Design: Bridging Digital and Tactile Play
- Educational and Institutional Disruption: Reinventing Today’s Library
- Learning to Code – Is it an indispensable digital skill for our kids?
- Learning is Everywhere Case Study: Incorporating a Virtual World Platform for Effective Common Core-Based Education
- A Tapestry of Research on Kids and Digital Media
- Step Behind the Curtain Into the PlayMatrix and Power Will Belong to You
- Crowdfunding: Who Has Been Successful and Why?
- Level Up – Designing Games That Grow With a Child
- Surprise Wrap-Up Session (Stay Tuned)

Take a moment to register now. Attendees have multiple registration options: registering for DKS Entertainment Day (Oct. 22nd), registering for DKS Learning Day (Oct. 21st) – or registering for both days at a great discount. Registration for a single day is $295 when you register prior to September 19th. Registration for both days - All Access Pass – is only $100 more by September 19th.

 

 

We are pleased to announce the next round of speakers for this fall’s Digital Kids Summit, taking place October 21-22, 2014 in San Francisco. You’ll see a theme running through here:  no-fear of innovation, years of expertise, successful veterans and acknowledged leadership. Be sure you register now to hear from these and more exciting speakers:

Paul Berberian, CEO, Orbotix – Boulder-based Orbotix Inc., a maker of remote-controlled robotic toys, recently raised $15.5 million from The Foundry Group LLC, Grishin Robotics and J.F. Shea Co. Inc.

Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesomeDylan’s Twitter account sums it up: CEO . Chairman . VC . Board . Founder Jolt Online + DemonWare. Startup Ambassador Ireland. Rap devotee.

Jessica Lindl, Executive Director, GlassLab – The Lab represents a groundbreaking collaboration between Institute of Play, the Entertainment Software AssociationElectronic ArtsEducational Testing ServicePearson’s Center for Digital Data, Analytics & Adaptive Learning and others.

Esteban Sosnik, Executive Director, co.lab – co.lab is an accelerator that works with startups leveraging the power of digital games to build transformative educational technologies for PK-12 students and teachers. Founding partners include: NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org.

Teri Rousseau, Chief Marketing & Education Officer, Reading Rainbow – RR’s Kickstarter campaign raised more than $6 million

All 12 new speakers announced today include:
For the full speaker list please visit http://digitalkidssummit.com/speakers/

- Paul Berberian, CEO, Orbotix 
- Josh Chan, Founder & CEO, LighUp 
- Jori Clarke, CEO, Circle 1 Network/KidsCom.com
- Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome 
- David Kleeman, SVP, Insights Programs and PlayVangelist, PlayCollective 
- Jessica Lindl, Executive Director, GlassLab 
- Noelle Millholt, Co-Founder, COO, Speakaboos 
- Reyne Rice, CEO, Toy Trends, Inc.
- Art Roche, Content Director, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
- Teri Rousseau, Chief Marketing & Education Officer, Reading Rainbow
- Esteban Sosnik, Executive Director, co.lab 
- Akinori Takahagi, Co-Founder and CEO, Moff Inc.

 

 

dksummit2014-button-200x200bridge1With a just over 100 days until Digital Kids Summit on October 21-22, 2014 in San Francisco we are pleased to announce our first round of speakers, including CEOs and co-founders of some of the leading start-ups in kids games and digital media. Digital Kids Summit gives you what you need to know to create and sell best-of-breed children’s video games and digital media.

Today’s speaker announcement includes:

  • Vikas Gupta, CEO, Play-i. Vikas is Google’s former head of consumer payments. He’s raised $8 million for Play-i’s educational robots that teach children the basics of coding.
  • Adam Adelman’s, Co-Founder and CEO, Mighty Cast. In May Mighty Cast unveiled a new developer platform for its wearable watch-like device dubbed the NEX Band.
  • Sébastien Borget’s, Co-Founder and COO, two year old Pixowl Games. Pixowl has seen users surged past 10 million with 350,000 daily active users.
  • Pramod Sharma’s, Co-Founder and CEO, Osmo. Osmo connects iOS kids’ games with the real world.

Additional speakers announced today include:

Alice Brooks, Co-Founder, Roominate
Michael Cai, Senior Vice President of Research, Interpret
Donnie Kerrigan , Founder and MD, Chunk
Nancy MacIntyre, CEO, Fingerprint
Billy Macqueen, Co-Director, Darrall Macqueen Ltd
Izzy Neis, Director of Digital Strategy and Engagement, Metaverse Mod Squad
Luca Prasso, CEO, Co-Founder, Curious Hat
Vicky Rideout, Editor of Reviews and Commentary, Journal of Children and Media
Natalie Shahmiri, Marketing Director, Smart Bomb Interactive

These are just a few, with more on the way.

Take a moment to register now. Attendees have multiple registration options: registering for DKS Entertainment Day (Oct. 22nd), registering for DKS Learning Day (Oct. 21st) – or registering for both days at a great discount. Registration for a single day is $295 when you register prior to September 19th. Registration for both days - All Access Pass – is only $100 more by September 19th.

 

 

board-of-directorsWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Digital Kids Summit Advisory Board.  The board includes experts in kids media, content, entertainment, marketing, product development, investment, education, trend analysis, learning and the press.

These individuals will guide and shape the programming of the Digital Kids Summit taking place in San Francisco on October 21-22, 2014. We are very pleased and fortunate to have them join us. Oct. 21st will focus on Digital Media Learning and Oct. 22 will focus on Digital Media Entertainment. Topics will include monetization, marketing and innovative product design strategies. Registration for a single day is $295 when you register prior to September 19th. Registration for both days – the All Access Pass – is only $100 more by September 19th.

Digital Kids Summit Advisory Board

Stephanie Azzarone, Founder and President, Child’s Play Communications
Maria Bailey, CEO, BSM Media
Michael Bellavia, CEO, Animax
Warren Buckleitner, Editor, Children’s Technology Review
Laura Feeney, Customer Success Manager – Eduction, Adobe
David Kleeman, SVP, Insights Programs and PlayVangelist, PlayCollective
Mary-Margaret Walker, CEO, Mary-Margaret Network
Yohei Nakajima, Program Coordinator, Techstars
Reyne Rice, CEO, Toy Trends, Inc.
Ted Tagami, CEO, Co-founder, Magnitude.io
Scott Traylor, CEO, Chief KID, 360KID
Kimberly Verbonitz, Senior Director, Digital Media & Content Acquisition, LeapFrog

 

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Halt-registernow-200x100bWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Digital Kids Summit will take place October 21-22, 2014 in San Francisco at the Children’s Creativity Museum. DKS gives you what you need to know to create and market best-selling kids digital media products and services. We have two great days planned:  Oct. 21st will focus on Digital Media Learning and Oct. 22 will focus on Digital Media Entertainment.

The Summit is the must-attend event for brand owners, entertainment and media executives, marketers, producers, digital media directors and licensing professionals seeking to engage children online and on digital devices.

Last year’s speakers included executives from Activision, Netflix, Disney, Google, Club Penguin, Pixar, Lightspeed Ventures and more.

Mark your calendar and look for more exciting news in the weeks and months ahead.

Earlybird registration is now open. Registration for a single day is $295 when you register prior to September 19th. Registration for both days – the All Access Pass – is only $100 more. The All Access Pass is truly the best value.

We hope to see you in San Francisco.

 

Digital Kids Summit speaker slideshow presentations are now available for your benefit. View the slides below for a  slice of the research and insights shared at the summit:

Michael Cai, Senior Vice President of Research, Interpret

Oren Jacob, CEO, Toy Talk

Joby Otero, Former VP Art and Technology, Activision, Creative Director Skylanders

Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome

Jason Morrell, Director of Sales, Games, Virtual Piggy

Michelle Sullivan, VP, Digital, Kids & Family, National Geographic Global Media

Renee Weber, VP, Consumer Strategy and Research, The Marketing Store

More presentations to come.

 

top-10Digital Kids Summit is just one week away. Here are the top ten reasons you won’t want to miss out on this must-attend event:

  1. Network and learn from seasoned kids veterans in the digital kids entertainment industry. Such experts include Oren Jacob, CEO, ToyTalk; Joby Otero, Former VP Art and Technology, Activision, Creative Director Skylanders; Lance Priebe, Founder, HyperHippo; and Luca Prasso, CEO, Curious Hat.
  2. Garner insight from digital media mavins as they share their passions for innovation, understanding of the market and are excited to share on paths to digital success. Mavins such as John Viganocchi, Executive Producer, Disney Interactive and Michelle Sullivan, VP Digital, Kids & Family, National Geographic Global Media are excited to share current strategies such as Integrating Toys in Digital Gameplay and Re-imagining Traditional Brands for Today’s Digital Natives.
  3. Connect with fellow brand owners, entertainment and media executives, marketers, producers, digital media directors and licensing professionals seeking to engage children online and on digital devices.
  4. Learn across multiple disciplines from topics covering a wide spectrum, including mobile games and apps; innovation in the industry; engaging people via people, not products; uniting digital and real world perspectives; game development for parent and child  and more.
  5. Gather hard data from the latest trends and numbers in kids’ digital entertainment. Expert researchers Michael Cai, Senior Vice President of Research, Interpret; and Amy Henry, Vice President Youth Insights, C + R Research, will share their data on the global gaming market and understanding app value from a parents’ perspective.
  6. Strategize with a panel of experts on a creating products and services that sell well. How do you make money? Who is doing it successfully, and what tactics are they using to generate revenue? This panel will be moderated by Scott Traylor, CEO and Founder, 360KID and fueled by panelists including David Lord, President, CEO, Jumpstart; Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome; Jason Morrell, Director of Sales, Virtual Piggy; and Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, Netflix
  7. Take a look at the market from an investor’s perspective as Justin Caldbeck, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners, shares How to Enter the Market and Make a Splash. He is your go-to guy for answers to questions including What concepts are setting the scene for the future? What do investors look for in a product? What will they be looking for?
  8. Hear from the kids themselves as they share their digital technology preferences, purchasing habits and more. DK Summit will bring you on onsite focus group called “The Kids’ Perspective,” moderated by Renee Weber, VP, Consumer Strategy and Research, The Marketing Store. This session will take a research-based perspective to the details kids share, such as how many electronic devices they own, what kinds of activities they participate in online and what they find most important in gaming.
  9. Join in on discussion about how to take heritage brands online. Peter Robinson, Head of Research, Dubit; and Brad Jashinsky, Director of Digital Media, Summertime Entertainment will share how to take these IPs online and revitalise them for today’s kids, delving into  extensive research on how kids and parents want to interact with digital brands.
  10. Attend an exclusive post-show networking reception (badge required) sponsored by Netflix from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
 

dk registerDigital Kids Summit and Edu online registration ends September 13th–just one week away. Register online by then to save $100.

Attendees have multiple registration options: registering for Digital Kids Summit, registering for Digital Kids Edu or registering for both events at a discount.

Registration for a single event is $295 when you register prior to September 13th, $395 when you register onsite. For both events registration is $495 by September 13th, $595 when you register for both events onsite.

You can register here today to save: http://digitalkidssummit.com/register/

DK Summit and Edu take place September 18-19, 2013 in San Francisco.

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dkseduAt a time when the market for kids games and digital media is exploding, Digital Kids Summit and Digital Kids Edu give you what you need to know to create best-selling kids’ digital entertainment and learning products. These must-attend events will take place September 18-19, 2013 in San Francisco.

Bringing you top forward-thinking industry brands, the Digital Kids fall events speaker list reads like a who’s who of kids and digital entertainment experts.

If you haven’t already, please register and join us to learn from and network with these individuals.

Speakers include:
Joby Otero, Former VP Art and Technology, Activision, Creative Director Skylanders
Justin Caldbeck, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
John Viganocchi, Executive Producer, Disney Interactive
Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, Netflix
Michelle Sullivan, VP Digital, Kids & Family, National Geographic Global Media
Lance Priebe, Co-Founder, HyperHippo (previously with Club Penguin)
Pierre Le Lann, Co-Founder, Tribal Nova, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company
Luca Prasso, CEO, Curious Hat
Oren Jacob, CEO, ToyTalk (previously with Pixar)
Karina Linch, SVP of Product Management, BrainPOP
Jessica Lindl, General Manager, Institute of Play
Silvia Lovato, Senior Director, Products, PBS KIDS Digital
David Kleeman, SVP, Insights Program and PlayVangelist, PlayCollective
Caroline Hu Flexer, Co-Founder, Duck Duck Moose
Diana Rhoten, Chief Strategy Officer, Amplify
Laura Feeney, Education Advocate, Adobe
David Baszucki, Co-Creator and CEO, ROBLOX
Molly Passanisi, Head of Industry, Online Gaming, Google
Thijs Bosma, Founder, TribePlay
Jacob Klein, Co-Founder, Motion Math
Stuart Drexler, Chief Product Officer, Tykoon
Nancy MacIntyre, CEO and Co-Founder, Fingerprint
Julie Livingston, Senior Director, CarrotNewYork
Darryl J. Madden, Director, FEMA’s Ready Campaign for Emergency Preparedness
Yuval Kaminka, CEO and Co-Founder, JoyTunes
Srinivas Mandyam, Co-Founder and CTO, Tynker
Reuben Steiger, Founder, 8 and Up
John West, CEO, The Whistle
Scott Traylor, Chief KID, CEO and Founder, 360KID
Izzy Neis, Director of Digital Engagement & Strategy, Metaverse Mod Squad
Beth Blecherman, Founder/Editor & Chief Technology Mom, TechMamas.com
Amy Henry, Vice President Youth Insights, C + R Research
Michael Cai, Senior Vice President of Research, Interpret
David Lord, President, CEO, JumpStart
Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome
Renee Weber, VP, Consumer Strategy and Research, The Marketing Store
Brad Jashinsky, Director of Digital Media, Summertime Entertainment
Peter Robinson, Head of Research, Dubit
Jason Morrell, Director of Sales, Games, Virtual Piggy

Registration – Save when you register before September 13th.

Attendees have multiple registration options: registering for Digital Kids Summit, registering for Digital Kids Edu or registering for both events at a discount. Registration for a single event is $295 when you register prior to September 13th. Onsite registration for a single event is $395. Registration for both events is $495 by September 13th. Registration onsite for both events is $595.

So register before September 13th and save here: http://digitalkidssummit.com/register/!

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

 
socialmediaAs we are gearing up for Digital Kids Summit, we want to make everyone aware of our social media communities. To engage in discussion with other attendees and expert speakers as well as keep up with the latest digital kids insights, ideas and news, we would like to invite you to join our communities:

 

- Digital Kids Facebook group (click here to join)
- Google+ community (click here to join)
- LinkedIn group (click here to join).