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Connections UK 2022

Dates: Connections 2022 will be over 2 events, 1 live at the DSET Conference on 08 June 2022 at Ashton Gate in Bristol; and the other virtual held on 06 and 07 September 2022.

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Wednesday 08 June 2022

Connections UK face-to-face at the Defence Simulation Education & Science (DSET) Conference.  The dates have moved several times due to covid, but are now confirmed as 08 June 2022 at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol UK. (How to get to Ashton Gate - Looking for the Heineken Lounge Entrance). Connections UK and UK Fight Club will support the main event with a face-to-face wargaming day.

The Connections professional wargaming community, through hands-on gameplay, will demonstrate to DSET attendees the utility of manual simulation as a complementary approach to computer simulation, which will be demonstrated by UK Fight Club. The approach is "learning by doing", so direct participation is strongly encouraged.

Registration is here. The wargaming day is free to military, academics and government personnel, and GBP 115+VAT for those coming to the Connections/UK Fight Club element (and with a student and under-25s discount). A detailed programme will follow, which will allow plenty of time for networking as well as hands-on game play. Please note: This will be the only face to face event planned for Connections UK this year, so register early to ensure attendance.

Tuesday and Wednesday 06/07 September 2022

Connections UK online conference for wargaming professionals.  This will be 06 and 07 September 2022. We have analysed your feedback survey forms (thank you!), and are planning the conference with the points you raised at the front of our minds. More details to follow; for the time being please save the date.

 Guidance for Attendees

Privacy/Security:  As part of the Connections UK conference proceedings, screenshots of the virtual or photos of the live event may be put on the 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, or tell the photographer, and change your display name appropriately.

Naming.  Please ensure your Username is appropriate for a professional context, so "Phil Sabin" or "Amanda D" are fine, but "OrkBossKillah" is probably not. You are also encouraged to add personal pronouns - this is totally voluntary but helps signal that you are committed to diversity and inclusion.

 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.  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 contact 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.  We will try to have 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.