Important Update: ESX
2021 Is Going Virtual

Out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of our community, with many variables beyond our control, we believe moving forward with an in-person event in Louisville would not be in the best interest of the health and safety of the ESX Community.

We are excited to announce, however, that we have decided to transform ESX 2021 into a virtual experience! The 2021 ESX Virtual Experience will take place this coming June 15-17.

The security and life safety industry trusts ESX to deliver quality conversations and educational content. As we transform ESX into a virtual experience, our mission will remain the same – to inspire industry professionals. Now more than ever, security professionals are looking for best practices, new ideas and practical technologies that will help their companies adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing business climate. Regardless of the delivery format, ESX is a great opportunity for our entire community to learn, share, connect and gain insights on the breakthrough technologies that will propel our industry forward. 

Event highlights include the following:

For Attendees:

  • 24 peer-delivered educational sessions on topics including: attracting employees, reducing truck rolls, sales compensations plans, financial statement literacy, customer attrition and much more
  • Meaningful keynotes that will inform, inspire and challenge the status quo
  • Virtual networking opportunities – including text chats, video calls and question-and-answer opportunities – with fellow attendees and exhibitors
  • The ability to schedule one-on-one meetings with fellow attendees within the event platform
  • Access to companies with next gen technologies and services for consumers and businesses

For Exhibitors:

  • Exhibitor-led Tech Talk opportunities to showcase products, services and thought leadership
  • Maximize your brand before an engaged audience of security and life safety integrators and monitoring professionals
  • Virtual exhibit spaces to connect one-on-one with live attendees
  • Networking opportunities to fortify existing relationships and meet new potential customers
  • Innovation Awards program and TechVision Challenge, showcasing breakthrough technologies

See the following FAQ section for details related to the transition to virtual for 2021. Any questions can be directed to

Finally, we look forward to hosting an in-person ESX event next year, June 14-17, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. Thank you for your continued support of the ESX and our shared mission of serving our industry and profession.


Is ESX 2021 being held this year?

Yes, ESX 2021 will be held this year, but will transition to a virtual-only experience due to ongoing health and safety concerns for attendees, partners and exhibitors. The 2021 ESX Virtual Experience will take place June 15-17.

Will the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience include an Exhibitor Exhibition?

Yes, the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience will feature an expo as well as a host of high visibility, high-impact sponsorship opportunities. Exhibitors will be encouraged to set up one-on-one meetings through the virtual platform. Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available and can be reviewed with ESX Sales Manager Jim Conlon at or 312-673-4865. 

When will I be able to see the sessions and presenters planned for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience?

Session information, inlcuding presenters, for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience can be found in the 2021 Conference Preview.

Will the Virtual Experience include the ability to interact with other attendees?

Yes. We know that “community” is core to the ESX experience, so we made sure to prioritize networking and interactivity capabilities in the platform selected for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience. Attendees will have the ability to text chat, participate in video calls and schedule meetings with other attendees and exhibitors who have opted in participating in networking activities. 


What are the registration fees for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience? What does it include?

Advance registration for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience Premium Pass is $199 until May 14 and includes admission to all educational sessions, mainstage sessions, partner and exhibit areas and virtual networking activities over the event. In addition, Premium Pass holders will enjoy unlimited access to the event’s on demand library for 90 days following the event. An Expo+ Pass, which includes access to the Virtual Expo, keynotes and general sessions is available for $39.  

If I registered to attend ESX 2020, does my registration carry over to the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience?

Yes. 2020 ESX registrants will be receiving separate communications on how to complete their 2021 registration process. Registration-related questions can be directed to

Is the ESX Innovation Awards program happening in 2021?

Yes. The 2021 Innovation Awards program will take place this year. The TechVision Challenge, a shark-tank type competition, will take place in a virtual format, with timing and details to be finalized in the coming weeks.


Will 2020 exhibit and sponsorship investments be fulfilled at the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience or credited to ESX 2022?

All exhibit and sponsorship commitments made for the in-person ESX 2020 will be fulfilled at the 2021 ESX Virtual Experience, Innovation Awards or 2021 ESX year-round digital opportunities. All confirmed exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted about their custom exposure plan. 2020 exhibit and sponsorship investments are not eligible to be carried over to future year events.

Is the ESX Innovation Awards Program happening in 2021?

Yes! The 2021 Innovation Awards program will take place this year. The TechVision Challenge, a shark-tank type competition, will take place in a virtual format. The deadline for entries is April 26. Learn more about the Innovation Awards, TechVision Challenge and access the online submission form at Innovation Awards – 2021. Rollover exhibit and sponsorship commitments can be applied to the Innovation Awards.

Are there speaking opportunities available for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience?

Yes, a number of options exist to sponsor an educational session, mainstage presentation and exhibitor roundtables featured in the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience program. Contact ESX Sales Manager Jim Conlon – or 312-673-4865 – for specifics and pricing.

To whom can I contact with additional questions?

Inquiries about exhibit and sponsorship commitments and available opportunities can be directed to ESX Sales Manager Jim Conlon – (phone: 312-673-4865). For other questions, please email to