Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for first-time attendees and veterans alike

Your Experience

The PMDMC is a business-casual event; what’s most important is that you’re comfortable and able to focus on the great content we have planned for you. Hotel conference rooms can be chilly so we recommend that you pack layers to stay comfortable.

Tuesday, July 21: Lunch is not provided. Light hors d’oeuvres are provided for general conference attendees at the opening reception.
Wednesday, July 22: Conference attendees will receive breakfast. Lunch is on your own, except for attendees of the PBS Lunch. The evening event will have light hors d’oeuvres.
Thursday, July 23: Conference attendees will receive breakfast, a plated lunch, and light happy hour munchies.

Once you complete your conference registration, you’ll receive a link to use to complete your hotel reservation.

The last day to book your room at the reserved block rate is July 1, 2020. But keep in mind that our room block often sells out close to the May 7 early bird deadline.

You should fly into Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Rideshare from the airport to the hotel is about $25. The Marriott Marquis is also accessible by the MARTA (Atlanta’s subway). The closest MARTA stop to the hotel is Peachtree Center. It is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Rooms that are part of our discounted room block at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta are $209/night + taxes and fees (about 17%).

Wi-fi is free in the meeting spaces. If you’re booked in one of the conference-block rooms, you’ll receive complimentary standard wi-fi in your room (discounted from $9.95/day).

We recommend that you download the PMDMC20 mobile app before you arrive in Atlanta. The updated app will be available in early July. Registrants will receive an email reminder with download instructions in the days before the conference.

Networking with colleagues is a huge part of the value of the PMDMC. The PMDMC20 mobile app will include a list of all attendees, along with job title and organization. In order to respect people’s privacy, we give each attendee the option to opt in/out of sharing an email address and allowing direct messaging within the app. That said, go ahead and bring along some old fashioned business cards to the conference.

The hotel will provide gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan meals; you can let us know of your needs in the conference registration form. When you check-in at the conference, you’ll receive instructions on how to communicate your dietary restrictions to hotel staff. If you have additional needs (i.e. Halal, Kosher, allergies) please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a special meal program with the Marriott. 

When you register, check the box that reads “I require accommodations for a disability.” We’ll get in touch with you a few weeks before the conference for information about the services you require.

Guest passes for PMDMC social events may be purchased during the event at the PMDMC information desk at the hotel. See this document for a list of available options and pricing. Payment will be accepted by major credit card only. We do not offer guest passes for sessions or keynotes.

The Marriott Marquis Atlanta is located in Downtown Atlanta at 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. We recommend you use the common-sense precautions you’d exercise in any large city.

Yes. Don’t miss the Newcomer Networking event on Tuesday, July 21. This networking event is designed especially for solo attendees and those new to the PMDMC.

Registration & Billing

  • If you register on or before Monday, June  1, 2020 you may cancel your registration for a full refund.
  • Cancellations received between June 2, 2020 and July 10, 2020 will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations received after July 10, 2020 are not eligible for refunds.

We always allow you to transfer your PMDMC registration to another attendee at your station. If you have questions about your invoice or would like to request a cancellation, please contact us. Terms vary for exhibitors and sponsors. See your sponsor agreement or get in touch with Dan Jensen with questions.

You can make a request for cancellation by filling out the form on our contact us page.

We offer day passes on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for pricing and details.

Certainly! In the payments section of the registration, select “Send me an invoice / Pay by check.” Invoices are sent weekly via email. All invoices must paid be no later than Monday, July 13.

Enter the email you used to register here. Still having trouble? Get in touch.

You can pay any PMDMC invoice under $2,000 via credit card at

You can make changes to your conference events by contacting us.


We’re grateful to the large number of speakers and presenters who make the PMDMC a singular event each year. Because we’re a smart, specialized bunch, there is a good deal of overlap between conference attendees and speakers. We do not provide complimentary registration or accommodations for conference presenters.

Speakers are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations. Most speakers will receive a 10% discount on registration or the member rate if they’re not a Greater Public or PBS member organization; a discount code will be provided by your session producer or you’ll receive a refund within three weeks after the conference if you’ve already registered.

As a general rule all speakers need to register for the conference. If you are an exception, your session producer will let you know.

  • Wi-fi
  • Podium + stationary mic
  • Panelists table plus 2 corded mics
  • LCD projector and screen
  • Audio patch cord
  • Presenter laptop

Conference Content

Our session proposal submission period is open until February 7, 2020. Anyone can submit a session proposal and our content committee selects ideas to develop based on the criteria outlined for that year’s conference. Subscribe to the PMDMC email list (in the footer of this page) to be notified about the call for session proposals.

Here’s a quick overview of the timeline: 

March 31: The first round of sessions will be posted to If your session is among this initial line-up, we’ll contact you by this date. 

April 15: A small number of sessions will be made available for People’s Choice voting. If your session is selected for inclusion in the People’s Choice vote, you will be notified by this date.

May 31: The vast majority of sessions will be finalized and you will hear from us about your session if you haven’t already.

In the months before the conference, we publish sessions and keynotes as they are confirmed, although shifts and changes sometimes occur. We aim to have at least half of our sessions finalized by the end of March, and most of the schedule should be final by late May 2020.

The conference schedule is available online and in the PMDMC mobile app. When you arrive at PMDMC, you will receive a printed at-a-glance version of the agenda.

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