Venue Safety & Security Exchange conference to debut in Sydney

Venue Safety
Eddie Idik is the Chair of VSX 2023.

The Venue Safety & Security Exchange (VSX 2023) will be held in Sydney bringing together event safety practitioners from the events sector on July 12.

To be held at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, VSX 2023 will have a specialist panel of speakers who are event safety and security experts that have been involved in the planning and execution some of the most notable local and international events.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb will open the event, with Michael Croaker, from Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the Master of Ceremonies.

Eddie Idik, director of Vital Protection Group and Chair of VSX 2023, says post-Covid event attendees have more expectation than ever when it comes to their safety.

“Venue operators and event organisers need to be looking at better ways of putting on events that enhance the customer journey,” he said.

“Event attendees are expecting events to be conducted in a safer way which includes better hygiene practices including non-contact screening equipment, overt cleaning teams and better communication pre and post events to name a few.

Idik says the conference’s inception was born from a gap in the market, with nothing that focuses specifically on the safety and security of events.

“Coming from a major events security background and being involved in thousands of events throughout Australia, I’ve never come across an event that was just safety and security based for the events industry,” he said.

“VSX 2023 will be an annual event that provides a platform for venue and event safety and security innovation. There will be a big focus on event intelligence gathering using the latest technology including open source intelligence programs, counter terrorism alert systems and artificial intelligence.”

VSX 2023 is open for exhibitors, sponsors and delegate registrations.