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Connections UK 2021

Dates: 14 to 16 September 2021.

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The event will be virtual and will focus on:
  • Learning by Doing.   We will run three days of hands-on virtual gaming, for all levels and numbers, and on a multitude of online platforms. Think of our traditional 1-day Games Fair, over three days! You will be able to facilitate, take part, or just observe games. All will be in "safe to fail" environments, where you can experiment with different gaming approaches and formats, develop gaming ideas, see what others' are doing - or just take part to meet people and have fun!

  • Community building. This will include:
    • Central Plenaries.   Occasional central plenaries designed to strengthen the community. Topics will include "bringing on the next generation" and "diversity & inclusion'. These will be participation sessions.
    • Educational events.   Our usual range of high-quality educational sessions.
    • Break Out Rooms.   Multiple, often intimate, break-out rooms where anyone can talk to anyone. Some will be pre-programmed; many will be spontaneous.

  • Deep dive workshops. Breakout rooms will be available to explore topics in more depth.
There will be a small charge to cover administration and technical support, but also to encourage commitment.

More details will follow presently, but please save the dates 14 - 16 September!

Bookings: To be confirmed.

 Guidance for Attendees

Privacy/Security:  As part of the Connections UK conference proceedings, screenshots of the event may be put on the www.professionalwargaming.co.uk website. The assumption is that the minimal amount of data you choose to display on-line in the conference context, does not amount to the definition of "personal data" under GDPR. If you do not wish to have your photo used in this way, you MUST ensure you keep your camera off and change your display name appropriately.

 Guidance for Speakers

Guidelines: The aim and purpose of Connections UK is to help bring together two main audiences: People that have something to say about wargaming in order to help build / generate / broaden the community; and People that want to use wargaming to help understanding in order to find out if it is appropriate for their needs. You are therefore asked to note:
  • Wargaming is mainstream.  To this end, we don't need to waste any time on justifying our existence or apologising for ourselves. All the delegates attending a "professional wargaming conference" will know what they are getting themselves into (and if they aren't, they should be). Let's just assume that they are and you can spend more time concentrating on your area of expertise.
  • Timings are tight.  We will follow the usual format of introducing the speaker, you talking for the time allocated in the programme, and allowing time for questions in the session. Please don't overrun as it simply messes up the programme for everyone else.
  • Do not advertise.  It would be remiss to not mention that the cardinal sin for a presenter is to give a thinly veiled advertising slot for your sponsor's products or services. The delegates want to be informed and educated about Wargaming ways, means and methods - you are the expert so please concentrate on these. If any delegate wants more commercial information, they can speak to you afterwards. Please include your sponsor's details in a slide at the beginning or the end, but no organisation diagrams or other company details that have nothing to do with the topic.
  • Making Changes.  We understand that you are likely to have to make changes to your presentation. This is completely acceptable, and new versions can be sent at any time up to and including the event date.
  • Conference Proceedings.  There will be an audio recording and a PDF copy of your presentation (but not questions) placed on the Connections UK website following the conference, except in the case of Senior Government Officials. You have been invited on the basis that this is acceptable - the clue is in the title "Connections" - we are trying to share information and best practice with each other.
  • Presentation File Formats.  Please provide your presentation in PowerPoint or PDF format, but ODF is acceptable.
If you have any questions, please contact the organisers here.