MAY 2016

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M A Y 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 headlines, trends & ideas Mobile Printers For those who need to print boarding passes, business agendas, spreadsheets, contracts and other documents while on the road, a new printer from Primera Technology, Inc., offers a lightweight, mobile option. The 2.6-pound Primera Trio All- in-One UltraLight Printer, which is the smallest and lightest printer/scanner/copier on the market, according to the Plymouth, Minn.-based company, will slip into a com- puter bag without taking up much more room than a hardcover book. This product prints, scans and copies in full color or grayscale with up to 4,800 dpi, pho- to-quality print resolution on standard A/A4-size paper and connects to any current computer, laptop or tablet with a USB port. n Portable Chargers MyCharge, a brand of all-purpose portable chargers which connect to most mobile devices, recently expanded its RAZOR™ Series of chargers. Encased in an anodized aluminum exterior and designed to deliver specified power capacities in the smallest and thinnest possible footprint, they are easy to carry and easy to use. New additions to the series include the ultra-thin, 1.7-ounce RAZOR Mini, which can fit into a wallet and has enough power (1650mAh) to top off a smartphone. Also new, at the opposite extreme, the RAZOR Ultra packs 12000 mAh of power and delivers 3.4A of power. Designed with 2 USB ports, the Ultra includes a 2.1A adaptor. The RAZOR Series also includes the existing 3000mAh RAZOR Plus and the 6000mAh RAZOR Max models, which deliver 2.1A and 2.4A of power respectively. "The all new Razor Mini and Razor Ultra meet the extreme desires of mobile device users," said myCharge President Jim Dara. "We created the Razor Mini to be one of the smallest battery chargers on the market so it can be stashed in a wallet, purse pocket or car console and forgotten about until emergency backup power is needed. The Razor Ultra is our largest power bank ever and can allow even the most demanding power user to take his or her mobile devices off the grid for days." n Devices For On-The-Go Meeting Pros ASAE Announces Xperience Design Project To Create Meeting Industry Solutions In late April, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced two major changes in its annual event lineup. While celebrating 40 years of the Springtime Expo, which features educational programs and industry-re- lated exhibits, the 2,741 attendees learned that 2016 is the final year for the long-time show. During the opening keynote address by ASAE President and CEO John Graham, IV, participants also learned of a new event called Xperience Design Proj- ect (XDP), which will debut in May 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Md. According to Graham, XDP will be a two-day business event for association professionals and in- dustry partners to co-create solutions around shared challenges in the meetings industry. "We are excited about XDP because it will be a game changer for the association industry. It will provide attendees and industry partners the opportunity to discuss topics to- gether and create innovative and effective solutions," he said. "The event will be 100 percent interactive, allow for one-on-one conversations, and build im- portant relationships, so our members and industry partners can elevate how they conduct business as well as implement their meetings." XDP will include The Lab, Connections and Business Exchange. On day one, attendees will participate in The Lab, which are immersive, interactive learning experiences around six key topic areas, and Connec- tions, an evening social event. On the second day, attendees will hear key takeaways from each of the six topics and take part in the Business Exchange, a series of one-on-one conversations with industry partners. ASAE partnered with 360 Live Media, a DC-based marketing and experience design agency, to develop the concept of the new event. ASAE and 360 Live Media went through a three-part development pro- cess that included research, experience strategy and design, industry co-curation, and branding of XDP. "We are honored to partner with ASAE in devel- oping the vision, strategy, and experience design for XDP. This will be a transformational experience for the association community, and it will showcase and advance ASAE's leadership in innovation. We can't wait to launch XDP with ASAE in May 2017," said Don Neal Founder & CEO of 360 Live Media. n

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