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.