In the final episode of #Kidtech Season One, Nick Marsh, Chief Product Officer for Wonderbly, well known for their LostMyName franchise, chats with SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins about Wonderbly’s journey and the lessons learned along the way.
In Episode 20 of #Kidtech, Sven Gerjets, Chief Technology Officer of toy giant Mattel, sits with SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins in LA to talk about the future of connected toys, the role of AI in play and how nostalgia drives innovation in toy development.
Sam and Craig trade opinions on how much kids understand about data privacy, their own concerns around online responsibility and thoughts on ‘sharenting’. From online bullying to hacking to social identity, this episode covers everything you need to know about the behaviours and opinions of kids online.
Darran Garnham, CEO of MTW Toys, Europe’s main distributor of Thinkway toys, joins SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins in London to discuss entertainment licensing, digital and physical toys, his angel investment in Calm and some of the history behind Mind Candy.
Stuart Dredge, a freelance journalist with over 20 years’ experience writing about music, tech and children’s media joins SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins to discuss everything from the original children’s app landscape to TikTok; from kids gaming to kids news
Craig Donaghy, Head of Community and Insight at PopJam, SuperAwesome’s safe social platform for under 13s, talks to Sam Clough, a strategic insights consultant who works primarily in the kids and parents sector, about family democracy and pester power.
In Episode 9 of #Kidtech we change it up a little bit. Craig Donaghy, Head of Community and Insight at PopJam (SuperAwesome’s safe social platform), talks to Sam Clough, a strategic insights consultant who works primarily in the kids and parents sector, about what kids think about ecommerce, shopping and retail in general.
In Episode 8 of #Kidtech, Bethany and Dylan discuss the origins of the company (a kitchen in East London, naturally), as well as the global growth in popularity of STEM toys with parents. Bethany offers up expert insight into their product development process and how their startup company interacts with the largest toy companies in the world. She also shares secrets from the STEM sector, as well as who is actually purchasing STEM toys for their kids.
Brenda Bisner is the SVP of Content and Business Development at Kidoodle.TV, the ‘safe-streaming’ platform for children. She sat with Dylan in New York to discuss her 18 years in the kids space, the merits of AVOD versus SVOD, healthy screen-time habits and the advantages of human moderation over AI.
In Episode 6 of #Kidtech, Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios, speaks to Dylan Collins about how a long career of disruption has culminated in building a digital platform around the UK’s best-loved and longest-running children’s comic. Beano Studios, a rebellious entertainment network powered by creativity, data and insight, has succeeded where others have failed, integrating their historic brand into the new digital ecosystem.
In Episode 5 of #KidTech LEGO’s Senior Global Director for Digital Consumer Engagement, Rob Lowe, discusses LEGO Life, their groundbreaking social network for kids with SuperAwesome’s Dylan Collins.
Raz-Fridman, now CEO of Sosu and Dylan discuss a range of topics including whether Silicon Valley really understands what’s going on with kidtech and smart toys, what a meaningful future with kids interacting with intelligent devices might look like, and, of course, whether he has had any issues with UK rapper Kano.
In this episode of #Kidtech David Stevens, co-founder of Knights Of talks all things kids’ book publishing and (the lack of) diversity. David, who has over 15 years of experience in children’s content with Penguin, Scholastic and Brown Bag Films, also discusses why Kindle doesn’t work for kids, and how he’s keeping kids reading in an era of disruptive technology.
How do we focus screen time on quality over quantity? What’s the best measurement of engagement in children’s gaming? And whatever happened to Barbie Guitar Star?
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