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Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for first-time attendees and veterans alike

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for first-time attendees and veterans alike


Your Experience

At this time, there are no plans for a virtual PMDMC.

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.

Monday, August 12: Lunch is not provided for general conference attendees. Light hors d’oeuvres are provided for general conference attendees at the evening opening reception.

Tuesday, August 13: Conference attendees will receive breakfast and lunch. The evening event will have light hors d’oeuvres.

Wednesday, August 14: Conference attendees will receive breakfast. Lunch is on your own. The closing event will feature light happy hour munchies.

Thursday, August 15: Brave Talk attendees will receive lunch.

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 23, 2024. But keep in mind that our room block in the past has sold out before the early bird deadline, which is May 31, 2024.

Rooms that are part of our discounted room block at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront are $269 per night plus taxes. You must book no later than July 23, 2024 to receive this rate. The total with tax comes out to $303 per person.

To guarantee your reservation, you will be required to provide a credit card which will be charged a deposit equal to one night’s room and tax. Deposits will become non-refundable if the reservation is canceled within 72 hours of arrival. Once checked in, any reservation that departs prior to the scheduled departure date will be subject to an Early Departure Fee equal to one night’s room and tax. Upon check in, an incidental deposit of $125 per night will be required. Any unused authorization will be released upon checkout.

The San Diego International Airport – SAN is the closest airport. More information can be found on our Hotel & Travel page.

Wi-Fi is free in the meeting spaces. If you’re booked in one of the conference-block rooms please follow these steps:

  • Select network: Hilton Honors
  • Select: I have a promotion code (Guests are to bypass “Guest Name” and “Room Number” fields)
  • Enter Promotion Code: PMDMC2024

We recommend that you download the PMDMC24 mobile app before you arrive in San Diego. The updated app will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store about two weeks before the start of the conference. Registrants will receive an email reminder with download instructions in the days before the conference.

Please note: To access the PMDMC 2024 mobile app you will need to register using the same email you used to register for the conference.

Networking with colleagues is a huge part of the value of the PMDMC. The PMDMC 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 share.

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 hotel.

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.

Yes! You can purchase Padres tickets for Tuesday, August 13th and enjoy a game with your public media colleagues just steps from the conference hotel by using this link

Registration & Billing

If circumstances change and you can no longer attend this conference, you may cancel your registration by providing written notice to Greater Public via our contact form. Registrations may be fully refunded if a cancellation request is made up to 30 calendar days prior to the in-person conference start date of August 12, 2024. Cancellations received after the cancellation cutoff date of Saturday, July 13th, 2024 or nonattendance will not be refunded. For cancellations received after the cutoff date with a balance due, the registration amount remains due in full. Please remember that canceling your registration does not automatically cancel your hotel and travel arrangements.

Substitution of registrations may be made at any time up to the conference start date but must be from within the registered attendee’s company. All substitutions must be approved and will be at Greater Public’s discretion.

Terms vary for exhibitors and sponsors. See your sponsor agreement or get in touch with us with questions.

In order to cancel your registration, please contact us.

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

Yes, that is an option when you register: in the payments section of the registration, select “Invoice.” An invoice will be generated instantly that you can print or download. Payments must be received no later than Friday, July 29, 2024. Please allow ample time for postal mail.

Log in to our registration site to get a copy of your registration, invoice, or receipt; or make changes to your registration.


We do not offer a discount or complimentary registration for speakers because there is a good deal of overlap between conference attendees and speakers. To show our gratitude for your hard work and inspiring content, you will receive special speaker recognition and the opportunity to network with other speakers. Presenters and speakers are responsible for booking their own hotel and travel accommodations.

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

Most speakers will receive the following, but please check with your session producer to confirm:

  • Wi-fi
  • Podium + stationary mic
  • Panelists table with microphones
  • LCD projector and screen
  • Audio patch cord
  • Presenter laptop

Conference Content

Our session proposal submission period is open from February 13 to March 15. Anyone can submit a session proposal. The content committee selects ideas to develop based on the criteria outlined for this year’s conference. Subscribe to the PMDMC email list (in the footer of this page) to be notified about the call for session proposals.

The content committee will finalize the session offerings by July 10, but intend to inform submitters of their proposal status before then.

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 mid-May and most of the schedule should be announced in mid-July.

The conference schedule is available online and in the PMDMC mobile app. When you arrive at PMDMC24, you will receive a printed at-a-glance version of the agenda.

Yes! Participation in PMDMC will be eligible for CFRE points. Check back in July for more information about CFRE credits and to download the worksheet.

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