Are you going to the Global Security Exchange (GSX) this fall? If not, you should be. There is no better way to keep abreast of all the new innovation and technology in the security industry than by walking the exhibition floor, testing products, and networking with your fellow security professionals.
GSX 2019, which will be held from Sept. 8-12 this year at McCormick Place in Chicago, is the security industry’s biggest, and most long-running trade show, bringing together tens of thousands of professionals from across the security industry. Currently more than 20,000 attendees are registered.
If the name doesn’t sound familiar, however, that’s understandable. This only the second year the show has been run as GSX. Until 2017, the conference was called ASIS International’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits. The event was rebranded and remade as a more immersive, technologically advanced event last year, when the inaugural GSX was held in Las Vegas.
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GSX‘s exhibition, which allows you to see and interact with some of the newest and most exciting innovations in physical security. It includes more than 550 exhibitors, and, if you register now — is free.
GSX is a huge event, and it can be overwhelming for first-time conference-goers. So, if you’re planning to head to Chicago this September, here are my five top tips for getting the most out of the GSX exhibition floor.
1. Know who is going to be there
With more than 550 exhibitors, it can be hard to know which booth to visit first. Fortunately, the conference makes it easy for you to prepare for the event well in advance, offering an interactive map of the exhibit hall, and a list of exhibitors.
It’s a valuable resource. Check the exhibitors list now so you know who is going to be there, and use the map so you know exactly where they are when you walk in the door.
2. Start networking ahead of time
GSX is an exciting event, but it can also be overwhelming. It’s probably not the best time to make first contact with a person or a company you want to meet. The time to start to start networking is now, before the conference.
This is particularly important because the most cutting-edge companies are very busy at GSX (and just before). If you wait, you may not get an appointment. Reach out now and schedule a meeting.
3. Dress for plenty of walking
GSX is a huge event and you’re likely to be on your feet for the better part of three days. You’ll want to look professional but you’ll also want to be comfortable. Wear clothes you’ll be comfortable in and shoes you don’t mind standing in for long periods of time.
4. Bring your charger
You’re going to be networking, making notes and taking pictures at GSX, so you’ll want your phone to be as charged as possible.
Vendors know this and many of their booths are equipped with charging stations. But you can’t take advantage of a charging station if you don’t have your charger, so definitely remember to bring it with you to the exhibit hall floor.
5. Plan to stay all 3 days
Some people try to do GSX in one day, but even if you’re only interested in one or two vendors, that’s a mistake. There’s more to GSX than the exhibition. There are also events, parties and opportunities for networking.
Take the opportunity to build relationships and network with the attendees — tens of thousands of members of the security industry come to this event annually. If you’re not networking and improving your knowledge base, you’re missing out on the best resources we have in the industry.
Meet up with Circadian Risk
We’ll be at GSX 2019, too! We would love to meet up with you. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with us during the conference, please email us at [email protected]
Then we can be sure to connect in September.