With regret that I must inform you that OzSecCon will be postponed for another year due to several challenges that we've encountered. I personally value transparency and would like to communicate with you all the reasons behind this difficult decision.
Firstly, the cost of flights and accommodation has significantly increased, as has the cost of other stuff we generally bulk buy for the conference. We understand that our speakers and presenters have invested time, resources and effort into conducting research and presenting it at our conference. As such, we feel it is our responsibility to provide them with accommodation and cover their travel expenses. For the workshops and training we run, we aim to provide high quality tools and locks/tamper seals/etc, all of these have gone up a lot too.
Secondly, it's become increasingly challenging to secure sponsors compared to previous years. As a relatively small conference focusing on a niche intersection of security, it's always hard to get sponsors for the event (and I'd like to take this opportunity to seriously thank the sponsors of previous years that have made the event possible at all). Current industry trends only make this harder.
Thirdly, several core staff members who have been instrumental in organizing the conference in the past are unable to commit to assisting with this year's event due to circumstances beyond their control. This has created additional complications and has made it harder to ensure a seamless and successful conference.
Lastly, my personal commitments with work and life have increased, resulting in less free time. Running this conference usually adds somewhere between 12-24 hours of extra work each week for 6 months.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this postponement. I'm still excited to run the event in the future and have lots of exciting plans.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
PS. Check out https://locksport.net if you're looking for some lock and physical security content. Also hop on the Locksport discord if you want to chat with other people from OzSecCon and the community at large.