Conference Track

Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit

Mashup Perfection Kids@Play explores digital toys’ potential, including Steam tools, coding kits, robots, AR, VR, and voice-enabled devices to engage, entertain and educate. FamilyTech examines how families are balancing their use of digital media and devices and looks at the smart home’s ability to make families more efficient and economical in the business of being a family.

Thursday, January 10

8:30 – 9:10 AM

Conference Session

Building Tomorrow's Leaders with Today's Play

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Entertainment and learning are at the core of the tech that is preparing the next generation for a future that’s filled with new challenges.  Join veteran industry entrepreneurs as they share thoughts on hands-on learning in the age of the swipe.

9:10 – 9:40 AM

Conference Session

STEAM Powered Play

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, math learning. From toys and games to apps and websites, STEAM activities are moving full-steam-ahead, inspiring curiosity and hands-on exploration. Our panel will discuss the powerful role of STEAM play in helping kids master these subjects.

9:40 – 10:10 AM

Conference Session

Cracking the Coding Question

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Why learn to code? And what’s the best way to do it? From math logic to problem-solving, coding can teach children to experiment while providing them the confidence to make mistakes and iterate. We’ll look at some of the many paths to code-ready kids.

10:10 – 10:40 AM

Conference Session

Voice and AI: Are They Kids' New BFF?

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

AI and personal voice assistants are entering the kids’ tech scene, changing much of the interaction between them and their devices. Hands free connections, and AI that gets to KYK (Know Your Kid) are game changers but plush and good old time outside exploring are infusing tech like never before. Hear why tech is so important in any equation.

10:55 – 11:15 AM

Conference Session

"Mixed Play" Experiences Lets Digital Get Phygital

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Augmented reality mixed with the real world is the perfect vehicle for seamlessly melding the physical and digital worlds. With its deep-rooted history of innovation and toy development, Mattel has been a pioneer in the new mixed reality frontier. Hear from the CTO of Mattel as he unveils a mixed reality platform that will infuse its toys with a new energy.

11:30 – 11:50 AM

Conference Session

Kids, Creativity & Tech: Adding Humor and Heart

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Cartoon Network engages kids at the intersection of creativity and technology, consistently offering new possibilities for self-expression that draw on the network’s IP – a unique blend of humor and heart. In this session, Cartoon Network executives will talk about their latest efforts to inspire the next generation of creators and innovators, highlighting its latest partnership with leaders in the field.

11:50 – 12:30 PM

Conference Session

Connected Cool Kids Landscape 2.0

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

If the first 30 years of mobile were about connecting people, the next 30 might be about connecting devices. Find out how toy, game, and technology designers are creating a connected wonderland.

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Conference Session

Protecting Our Kids - Policy Around Connected Toys

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Children deserve safeguards that include everything from “age appropriateness” to “choking hazards”. They deserve those same safeguards for their digital personae. Hear from policy experts on potential new laws impacted children’s privacy and security when playing with connected toys. COPPA, GDPR, and other issues getting attention from policymakers and consumers and children’s advocates will be discussed.

1:35 – 1:55 PM

Conference Session

Kids, Tech & Games: From Minecraft to Fortnite

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Games are an organic way for young audiences to familiarize themselves with new technologies. We present an overview of the current landscape for kids-focused video games, identify the key drivers of change, and offer an outlook on the shape of gaming to come.

1:55 – 2:20 PM

Conference Session

Is My Kid Tech Addicted? (Spoiler Alert: No)

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Activists and journalists are quick to use the term “addiction” in describing children’s and teens’ media use, fueling the “techlash” and worrying parents. But is the term appropriate, and what can parents do to create balance?

2:20 – 2:40 PM

Conference Session

Slow and Steady: Media for Pause and Reflection

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Scrolling through social media, flipping channels, “homing” out of games after just a few seconds – sometimes it seems that kids’ and teens’ media world is built only for speed. But, what about a place for “slow media,” where pause, reflection and connection with others are design intentions?

2:40 – 3:00 PM

Conference Session

Take Time For You, Be There For Them

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Building a satisfying meditation practice can help parents find calm and stay present. Muse® the brain sensing headband can cultivate calm by providing real-time feedback. Muse® is a company that lives at the heart of personal transformation through human-centred technology.

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Conference Session

Adding the Human Touch to Smart Homes and IoT

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

“Your milk is spoiled,” says your fridge. A smart family depends on meals cooked to perfection, thermostats that save money, home security that knows who’s there. Add AI, next-gen sensors, interoperability, and a human touch and you’ve got an audience ready-to-buy into a smarter lifestyle.

3:45 – 4:15 PM

Conference Session

New Parents Power the Baby Tech Craze

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Millennial parents are hyper-connected. They look to technology to solve everything from fertility and pregnancy challenges to monitoring the health and safety of their babies. Companies are stepping up to deliver innovative solutions that provide a high-tech support system for new parents.

4:40 – 5:00 PM

Conference Session

How Data & Technology Fuels Multigenerational Branding

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Hear from WWE Co-President George Barrios as he discusses how WWE leverages data and emerging technology to deliver authentic WWE experiences that resonates with cross-generational audiences.

5:00 – 5:30 PM

Conference Session

New Technologies & Easy-to-Use Design: Count Seniors In

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Whether its an ecosystem for communications, a shared play experience, or a tech-facilitated check-in,  we’re learning how to use technologies to keep generations of family users safe, in-touch and engaged.

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Conference Session

10th Annual KAPI (Kids At Play Interactive) Awards Reception

LOCATION Venetian Level 4 Lando 4302

Join Living in Digital Times and Children’s Technology Review as we present the 10th annual awards for the best of kids’ tech and media. Reception is by invite only. Interested attendees should contact tonda@bsellersproductions.com and press inquiries directed to la@varneybusiness.com.

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