2016 Conference Feedback

The 2016 conference has concluded. While the number of attendees was lower than past years, I believe we can call it a success.

Thanks to all those who presented, attended and participated in the activities with such enthusiasm. Slide decks etc will be available on the Resources page shortly. Please comment on the feedback below.

Looking forward to 2017.

We held a short feedback session and considered the following points:

Good points

Mix of activities and presentations
The venue
Breadth of topics/ guests/ participants
Relaxed atmosphere
Small group size – approximately 20
Exposure to new techniques
Relaxed social evening
Comfortable for novices to attend

Things to improve

Poor marketing
Connect with other industries
Invite game designers – for insights into game design
Game design workshop
Tighter schedule – build in explicit time for Q&A
Increase to 3 days
Consider charging a fee – encourage commitment and allow for some funds for marketing etc
Consider alternate locations – interstate?

Draft Program

Based on feedback from 2015, Mariana proposed a program outline, and this is the basis of this year’s suggested program. We need proposals from you, the delegates, for content: either what you would like to be included, or what you would be prepared to present yourself. If there are sufficient numbers, we will run the workshop sessions in parallel, and repeat them as needed.

Day 1, Monday 5 Dec

Start at 1000

Session 1: Introduction to Wargaming

Sessions 2, 3 & 4: Interactive Workshops. Suggested topics: games for planners, games for operational leaders, designing games.

End at 1800

Dinner and games night 1900

Day 2, Tuesday 6 Dec

Start at 0900

Session 1 Keynote Address

Session 2:The Business Case for Wargaming

Session 3: Game Design Workshop

Session 4: Debrief and wrap up.

End at 1700

Location

Doug McDonell building, University of Melbourne

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/connections-oz-2016-tickets-27066459509

 

Connections Oz 2016

Put the dates in your diary. Connections Oz will be on again this year on 5-6 December. Once again the University of Melbourne has graciously allowed us access to their teaching spaces. So we will again be holding the conference in the Doug McDonell building.

With two years under our belts we want to see some really interesting presentations and workshops from the attendees. So, start putting together ideas for what you might like to present, or what you want to hear from others. Take a look at the feedback and consider if you are able to contribute something interactive. Contact the team via the email @ on this page with suggestions.