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BIBA NOMINATED FOR SMART CITIES AWARD - OcT. 9th, 2019

Breaking news! We have just found out that Biba is a finalist for the 2019 Smart Cities Awards in Australia for one of our playground deployments in Perth. This is a very pleasant surprise and we are honoured to be at the forefront of the smart cities movement alongside a series of other fantastic companies/initiatives.

 
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A BIBA BUTTERFLY SCAVENGER HUNT FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BC/YUKON - Oct. 1, 2019

We are thrilled to be working alongside the good folks at Ronald McDonald House BC/Yukon to provide an installed game experience for the families that stay there! We will be launching the experience at RMH on Halloween alongside their annual scavenger hunt event with prizes for everyone who completes the game!

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OUR FIRST NRPA DATA WORKSHOP IS IN THE BOOKS! - SEP. 23, 2019

This year, we hosted our first data workshop at the NRPA conference alongside our partners, Dr. Deborah Cohen (RAND) and Dr. Russ Carson (PLAYCORE). With about 30 people in attendance from parks departments all over the U.S., we were excited to sit down and walk through the possibilities of what problems data can solve both now and in the future. Looking forward to next year!

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BIBA CEO MATT TONER ON PANEL AT KIDSAFE CONFERENCE - Aug 21, 2019

Biba’s always proud of our record on ethical design and data handling—which is why our CEO, Matt Toner made the trip to speak about ethics and best practices in the children’s digital space!

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DR. DEBORAH COHEN OF RAND SPEAKS TO BIBA IN NRPA MAGAZINE - JuL. 8, 2019

One of the foremost researchers in parks and physical activity, Dr. Deborah Cohen, recently wrote an article for NRPA magazine which details the manner in which augmented reality is changing how parks and outdoor spaces are engaged with. In the article, she calls out Biba for a number of the positives it brings to the table—especially as it regards parent-child engagement. Thanks Dr. Cohen!

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ANNOUNCING OUR INAUGURAL DATA WHITE PAPER - JuN. 20, 2019

We are pleased and excited to announce the imminent release of Biba’s very first playground data white paper. Inside the pages of this document will be the analytics results of some of the first waves of data to come in from our over 300,000 Biba play sessions! Stay tuned for a release this September at the NRPA conference in Baltimore!

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BIBA’s Dr. BOJIN JOINS OUTDOOR PLAY WORKSHOP GROUP AT CHI 2019 - May 22, 2019

Biba’s Chief Product Officer, Dr. Nis Bojin, has just returned from Glasgow where he was part of the world’s largest gatherings of researchers focused on research and design for outdoor play. The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (whew!) is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. It was exciting to be at the center of a venue where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in this burgeoning field.

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BIBA NOMINATED FOR A ROCKIE AWARD - MAR. 28, 2019

The television industry tips its collective hat again to Biba’s smash playground game Hotel Transylvania: Hotel Havoc, as we were nominated for a prestigious Rockie award. Our team is honored to see our game once again on the stage with industry greats. To us, this means that the idea of our healthy second-screen alternative has genuine appeal for those in the industry looking for more positive ways to connect with their young audiences.

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BIBA NAMED ONE OF FAST COMPANY’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES of 2019! - Feb. 28, 2019

We were gobsmacked when Fast Company magazine named Biba one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies in their February issue! We’re in some amazingly good company. If you look at the categories and the hundreds of companies, it is an impressive survey of some incredible people making enormous strides in changing our world for the better. In our category, Games, we finished at #9 alongside industry giants like Epic, Sony and Rockstar Games. But we are unique in the category as we turn the video game experience on its head by being the only system where the screen is secondary!

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BIBA GOES GLOBAL - Jan 15th, 2019

For a small company like Biba, taking our offering to the world wouldn’t be possible without the help of some great partners. One of those has been Global Affairs Canada, an amazing resource for a small Vancouver-based company like ours - they have backed our play in cities as far afield as Dublin and Detroit, Singapore and Tel Aviv. We look forward to working with them as we continue to grow… after all, it’s a big world out there and play is a universal unifier.

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BIBA’s ‘HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: HOTEL HAVOC’ NOMINATED FOR KIDSCREEN AWARD - Dec. 11, 2018

Our summer smash playground game - Hotel Transylvania: Hotel Havoc - will be taking the stage alongside Barbie, SpongeBob Squarepants and other Nickelodeon hits. It’s always humbling to see that the industry believes Biba belongs alongside these greats - many thanks to all of our players for making this possible!

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BIBA WINS THE NGAA AWARD IN AUSTRALIA! - Nov. 20th, 2018

Biba took home gold at the 2018 NGAA Awards for the development and installation of Australia’s first Biba smart playground system at Kinkuna Park. Kinkuna Park was turned into a multi-sensory wonderland of active outdoor fun with the installation of Biba technology. The system facilitates the building a healthy, safe, vibrant, connected community and contributes to the City of Wanneroo achieving better quality of life and a more engaged community in Perth’s outer suburbs. Thank you NGAA!

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Dr. BOJIN AND BIBA FEATURED AS CASE STUDY IN TEXTBOOK, ‘DESIGNING FOR KIDS’ - Oct. 19, 2017

We’re excited to announce that a new textbook published by Professor Krystina Castella, a foremost designer in the children’s space, includes Biba and its design process as a case study example spread in the book. Biba is alongside Lego and Leapfrog in exploring best design practices for children’s game and creative experiences.

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BIBA’S DR. BOJIN INTERVIEWS WITH KIDSAFE - Oct. 17th, 2018

We’re always honoured to be a kidSAFE member, they’re a great organization that has certified our mission is to get today’s screen-savvy kids back outdoors and active. receiving such certification was important to our team. Check out this blog interview to learn more about how we design for family friendly, data-driven experiences on the playground!

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BIBA BRINGS HEALTHY SCREENS TO THE NPRA FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW - Sept. 10, 2018

We love the NRPA event, and, year after year, we are impressed by the increasing sophistication of the questions we get concerning our smart playground solutions. But it’s a sign of the times: the NRPA’s own research shows that today’s parents are more and more inclined to view technology as part of a family fitness solution.

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BIBA AT THE FRPA! - Aug. 27, 2018

Biba's Corporate Development Director, Byron Seef, spoke to a group of Parks and Recreation professionals at the Florida Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference in Orlando on August 27. Byron's...

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BIBA COMES TO HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA! - Jul. 13, 2018

Biba Announces Hotel Transylvania: CrazyCruise, An All-New Interactive Game based on Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Hotel Transylvania: CrazyCruise integrates digital and physical play as parents and...

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BIBA AND DHX RELEASE TELETUBBIES PLAYGROUND APP! - Jun. 28, 2018

As part of their campaign to promote the release of ten new Teletubbies episodes on CBeebies, DHX Brands partnered with Biba to launch a new app, Teletubbies Playground Pals. We launched this app in the UK to a terrific turnout from families!

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BIBA PROFILED BY THARAWAT MAGAZINE! - May 25, 2018

Tharawat Magazine recently published their interview with Biba's CEO, Matt Toner, about using big data to launch a playground revolution. Read the article directly below to see what he had to say.

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VR FITNESS CALLS OUT BIBA AS INSPIRING AR APP! - Apr. 26, 2018

VR Fitness Insider recently published an article on Biba’s AR apps, describing our games as a benefit to kids, “keeping their minds engaged and bodies active”. Thanks VR Fitness!

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BIBA ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA! - Mar. 26, 2018

We are thrilled to announce Biba’s first playground in Australia! Our technology will be installed at the popular Kinkuna Park, located in a new coastal community, Allara in the suburb...

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BIBA HELPS WIN PLAYGROUND PROPOSAL - Feb. 23, 2018

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to the inclusion of Biba in their proposal, the All Inclusive Rec Playpower team unanimously came out on top from a field of...

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BIBA PLAYGROUND IN GREECE, NY WINS DESIGN AWARD - Nov. 16, 2017

We are excited to announce that a Biba playground, in the town of Greece NY, was recently awarded the 2017 Exceptional Park Design Award by the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society! Very proud to be partnered with Greece for this installation.

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BIBA AT IVENTURES 2017 - Oct. 25, 2017

Biba's CEO, Matt Toner, will be a panelist at the iVentures 2017 event taking place in Toronto on October 26 and 27, 2017. Matt will join other industry leaders in speaking to issues around building and sustaining successful start-ups in the field of tech and digital.

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BIBA RAISES $1.3 MILLION - SEPT. 19, 2017

We are pleased to announce that in a pre-Series A round of financing led by Leonite Capital and with the participation of Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare, and Jason Kapalka, formerly of PopCap games, Biba has established the foundation for truly revolutionizing children's outdoor play spaces! We look forward to the future!

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Volunteers Build New Biba Park in Flint, MI! - Aug. 15, 2017

Biba is delighted to add Hasselbring Park in Flint, MI to the list of playgrounds using our interactive and augmented reality technology. We appreciate the volunteers who put in the effort to build this new playground for their community!

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NEW PLAYGROUND IN GREECE, NY! - July 5, 2017

We are excited to announce that the Town of Greece, NY has opened their Biba-powered Kids Canyon Playground on July 5!

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BIBA NOMINATED AS THE MOST PROMISING START-UP - May 4, 2017

We are excited to have been nominated as one of BC’s most promising start-ups by the Technology Impact Awards! It’s been an exciting ride so far and we are looking forward to attending the event.

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DR. BOJIN TO CONTRIBUTE CASE STUDY IN UPCOMING TEXTBOOK ON CHILDREN’S DESIGN - Apr. 10, 2017

Biba's Product Designer, Dr. Nis Bojin just returned from giving a succesful talk at the 2017 US Play Coalition conference at Clemson University. Dr. Bojin's presentation, titled "Can screen time be quality time” resulted in a great future collaboration with Professor Krystina Castella, which will see Biba discussed as a case study for modern day children’s game design. More soon!

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BIBA BREAKS NEW in GROUND Chula Vista, CA! - Mar. 29, 2017

After years of planning, the city of Chula Vista is excited to announce the opening of a brand new Biba-activated playground! Mayor Mary Salas and the local community are very excited to be bringing this new engaging technology to families in the area!

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BIBA HELPS RELAUNCH JOANNE LAND PLAYGROUND! - Feb. 2, 2017

Ziplines, bridges, extreme play... and Biba! We are really pleased to be part of the big re-launch of the facility at the Joanne Land playground just outside of Austin, TX!

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US PLAY COALITION CONFERENCE Dec. 3, 2016

We are excited to announce that Biba's Product Designer, Dr. Nis Bojin, has been selected to participate in this year's US Play Coalition Conference at Clemson University. Nis will be speaking to Biba’s design philosophy around engaging today’s digitally literate generation of kids on the playground through app-enabled parent-child co-play.

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Biba Bursts Out in Fairfield, CA! Nov. 10, 2016

In close collaboration with the Parks department in Fairfield, CA, and with our colleagues at Miracle Play Systems, we have deployed more than 40 Biba-powered playgrounds across the Fairfield area! We are looking forward to working with Fairfield as the first fully equipped Biba city in the US!

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Biba at NRPA 2016 - Sept. 29, 2016

Come and join us this time next week at the NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis. We'll be at booth 2210 ready to share some exciting Biba news.