Thanks again to everyone who presented and attended Connections Oz 2020.
I have begun uploading videos of the various presentations. Please have a look at the archive found here. We will keep adding videos as the presenters confirm they are happy to have them released.
For those who attended, please leave a comment below and stay tuned for information about 2021.
Also, don’t forget that Connections North (Canada) is on 19-21 Feb. Information is here https://paxsims.wordpress.com/connections-north/
GPCAPT Jo Brick mentioned in her talk at Connections Oz 2020 that the Australian Defence College was planning to publish a series of wargaming articles on ‘the Forge’.
They can be found here.
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The program for this year’s conference is being finalised now. It is a fairly full program with a lot of variety. Please have a look at our outline program. Further details will be added in the next few days.
The conference will be entirely online which gives us lots of opportunity to include speakers from all over the world. We are very pleased to confirm that Matt Caffrey, the originator of Connections, will be delivering a keynote.
Registration is mandatory, so please head over to the registration page.
Connections Oz will occur in 2020.
We have booked space at the Australian Defence College (Canberra) for 7-9 December.
However, we are currently operating under physical distancing rules and it seems unlikely this will change. This will limit the number of attendees who can physically attend the conference. We are investigating options to include web based sessions.
This is potentially an opportunity to include a wider variety of attendees, including some from overseas. If you have any proposals for what to include, please get in touch.
In the meantime I would like to draw your attention to ‘Connections Global’ 10-14 August. This is an entirely online conference. See their website https://connections-wargaming.com/connections-2020/ for program and registration details. This is a great opportunity to link up with our international colleagues.
Additionally, PaxSims and other groups have developed a set of principles to foster diversity and inclusion https://paxsims.wordpress.com/derby-house-principles/. These principles are gaining widespread endorsement from wargaming and related groups. I encourage our readers to reflect on these principles and consider how they might enact them so that the Connections Oz community embodies them. We are planning a session at the conference to explore issues of inclusion and diversity and welcome your input. If you would like to comment on this, please use the ‘Diversity’ tab on the top menu bar.
Hi all, apologies, but we have had a snag with our initial venue plans. The good news is that the Australian Defence College has agreed to host us this year, but the bad news is this requires a date change. The conference has been moved to Monday 9 December to Wednesday 11 December.
Sorry about any inconvenience, but we felt this was better than cancelling all together.
Please see the registration page for registration details or go straight to Eventbrite to register. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/connections-oz-2019-tickets-78914777223.
A rough program has been posted on the program page and details will be added over the next few days.
Please note that although the conference is unclassified, all non-defence attendees must sign in at the front gate and collect a visitor pass and they must be escorted while attending the conference. For this reason we ask you to register individually as we must provide a list of names to security.
The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand are holding their conference, MODSIM , in Canberra the previous week, so we hope some people might decide to attend both. Please stay tuned for more details.
Papers from the 2018 Connections Oz conference have been archived here.
Great news. Professor Robert Burks from the US Naval Postgraduate School has agreed to deliver an opening keynote at this years conference. Rob is visiting to attend the national conference for the Australian Society of Operations Research and has been able to extend the visit to attend our conference again this year.
Please see the program page for emerging details of the other activities.
My apology for taking so long to announce a date for Connections Oz 2018. Moving the conference interstate proved far more difficult than I had imagined. After plan A and B both failed (and perhaps some other letters too) Mariana has come to the rescue and saved the day.
This year’s conference will be held 10-12 December in the Hatchery at the University of Technology Sydney. More details will follow soon.
Please consider this a call for papers and presentations and feel free to distribute the information amongst the relevant networks.
Click on “Registrations” on the menu at the top of the page to go to the eventbrite registration page. The conference is again free. Thanks very much to the generosity of UTS for allowing us to use their space.
Connections Oz is over for another year. Thanks to everyone who attended and for the enthusiastic participation. Thanks in particular to our two international visitors and keynote Jeff Appleget and Rob Burks from the US Naval Postgraduate School and to our second keynote speaker Dr Fred Bowden from DST Group.
Thanks also to the University of Melbourne and the team at the School of Computing and Information Systems for hosting us again.
I have archived the program here http://www.kriegspiel.com.au/connections/2017/Connections2017.html and put links to the slide decks that I have so far received.
Stay tuned for details about next year.
On the positive side:
three days seems about right
best to keep a mix of lectures and activities
it is great to have international participation
the game night and social activities are important
Room for improvement:
the goals/ mission/ identity of the group are not clear
add an activity on designing a game
broaden the connection to non-defence industries
involve military history academics
include some relevant side visits (as extra activities for later in the week)
get the program out much earlier
consider an icebreaker opening activity – such as a large game
Please post some further comments.
Great news! Dr Jeff Appleget, Senior Lecturer from the Operations Research Department at the US Naval Postgraduate School, will be attending Connections Oz this year, maintaining our unbroken record of international guest speakers. Jeff has a distinguished career in modelling, simulation and wargaming and teaches a number of related subjects at NPS. We look forward to his involvement in the conference and the opportunity to learn from his experiences.