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Lifesavers – saving the best for last!

Darren is traveling today but he wanted to share some really big news from Lifesavers with our blog readers.  Often, the most productive aspect of these big conferences isn’t what you learn in the workshop sessions – it’s what you pick up networking with the advocates and schmoozing the reps.  Case in point, one of his reliable sources has confirmed that a major CR manufacturer has purchased the rights to some of the old Fisher-Price child restraint designs and is tweaking them for re-release as the Futura80 and Stay-In-View32!  We don’t know if the names will change before they are released but the word is that they’ll be unveiled at the ABC Kids Expo in September and should be on store shelves shortly thereafter!

My Goodness, My Guinness

Lifesavers isn’t all business.  Turns out, the law enforcement and traffic safety community does party quite a bit.  Well, you probably guessed that, but you might be surprised that the CPS community does, too.  In fact, a few carseat moms put back more Guinness than I did at our Car-Seat.Org reception last night (that ended up in Findley’s Irish Pub).  I’m not naming any names, but you know who you are!  Well over a dozen online advocates attended.  Most of us were seated just one table over from the collection of manufacturers representatives.  That was quite a fortunate coincidence, as it gave Heather and I an opportunity to beg for some carseat giveaways, after they’d let down their defenses from all the other beggars at the conference exhibits.  Stay tuned, as I think at least a couple nice giveaways will be forthcoming over the next few weeks!

Sad you couldn’t make it?  Don’t despair!  Start making plans for Philadelphia, April 11-13, 2010 for Lifesavers next year.  Even better, set aside August 11-13th, 2011, for what I hope will be the largest collection of online techs and advocates yet, the Kidz In Motion Conference in Orlando.  We may also make appearances at KIM 2009 and 2010 along with the ABC Kids Expo each fall in Vegas, but put the two above in your calendars now.

More to come from the show!

Lifesavers 2009 or Bust

Hey y’all from Nashville!  Lifesavers hasn’t officially begun, I don’t think–well, the opening session hasn’t rung in the festivities, but we CPS geeks have already had our first workshop and toured exhibit hall in search of stickers for our “passports.”

Our first session was the Latest Technology Workshop.  In the past, this has been split into 2 sessions and was known as the manufacturers’ workshops.  So, the manufacturers got up and presented their products, new and old.

Update on the Update

Two days ago some local instructors and I taugh a CPS update/refresher class for area technicians to earn CEUs (continuing education units) towards recertification.  With almost 40 technicians and 4 instructors, the classroom was at capacity.  The sheer size of the class was a bit cumbersome and our “using resources effectively” hands-on session took a long time because we had almost 20 teams.  Our little experiment didn’t exactly pan out the way we expected.  We had anticipated that teams with more resources would catch more mistakes and complete tasks more quickly than teams with little or no resources.  It didn’t quite work out that way.