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Connections UK 2024.

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Dates: Connections UK 2024 will take place Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 September 2024.

Location: The location will be Brunel University in Uxbridge, just to the west of London on the underground and five miles from Heathrow airport. Connections UK is delighted to be helping Brunel to launch a new Masters of Arts course in wargaming. For more details of this MA, click here.

Programme: Tickets will go live in mid-June and are likely to be in high demand. We'll send more content details presently, but the main themes and sessions are outlined below.

Mission: The Connections UK mission remains 'to advance and preserve the art, science and application of wargaming'. The two main themes this year are: engaging academia; and helping to improve methods, models and tools (MMT) that contribute to better wargaming.

Connections UK 2024 will feature:
  • A stream on wargaming in academia.
  • An Introduction to Wargaming course on Day 1.
  • A half-day icebreaker on the morning of Day 1.
  • Practitioner-level workshops and seminars to improve methods, models and tools (MMT) that contribute to better wargaming.
  • A stream on wargaming deterrence, escalation and de-escalation.
  • A stream on gaming social complexity, which will include the use of artificial intelligence to support wargaming.
  • Games Fairs on the afternoons of Days 2 and 3. See the link below regarding entries.
  • Social gaming on the evenings of Days 1 and 2.
  • Semi-organised networking events during the evening social gaming.
  • Sessions designed to help the next generation of wargamers.
  • The inaugural Peter Perla Commemorative talk, with Phil Sabin and David Banks talking to the growth and future of wargaming.
  • Hands-on workshops exploring topics such as microgames, a 'game jam' and a designers' clinic.
  • And lots more!
 Apply to Run a Game in the Games Fair

If you wish to apply to run a game in the games fair, please apply here.

Please note that Game Fair games are intended to be part of the professional element of the conference - you are of course welcome to bring any recreational games for the evening social gaming parts of the programme.

 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.