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GSMCON2023 registration ending! Tickets close April 21, 27

Apr 07, 2023

Don’t wait a moment longer to get your ticket to the premier social media event for government agencies! Tickets for the 2023 Government Social Media Conference close after April 21, 2023 (or sold out) for in-person tickets and April 27, 2023 for virtual tickets. Here’s how to get your ticket now.

What is GSMCON2023? It’s the best learning and networking experience specifically created for public sector communicators, happening both in-person in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada and virtually from wherever you are, May 2-4, 2023. If you’re someone who runs your agency’s social media, contributes in any way or manages someone who takes care of social media, this conference is for you. 

We welcome anyone who wants to learn practical skills for managing public sector social media including communicators, PIOs, elected officials, marketers, law enforcement, emergency managers — everyone from agency leadership to the occasional social media contributor. 

Over 1,200 in-person attendees and virtual participants are already signed up! Attendees from across the U.S. and around the world can expect a unique experience not found anywhere else, filled with the best learning and networking opportunities.

  • 2.5 days packed with sessions, networking and so much more. Check out the GSMCON2023 official schedule!
  • Over 45 speakers — including reps from Meta, LinkedIn, NATO, Nextdoor, federal, state and local governmentleading sessions that matter most to government social media professionals.
  • Cheer on peers at the Golden Post Awards, meet at the Welcome Reception and continue connecting throughout the event during unique networking opportunities.
  • In-person attendees meet at a fun-filled venue and have the option to enjoy complimentary shuttles during the Restaurant Romp. 
  • Options to upgrade your experience with the All Access ticket, pre-conference workshops or the exclusive VIP ticket (only 5 tickets left!).

Not sure what to expect as an attendee? Check out the 2023 Attendee Guide for pro tips on making the most out of your GSMCON experience.

Speakers & sessions

Attendees for GSMCON2023 will hear from over 45 speakers at the event! Speakers represent local, city, state and federal agencies, private industry, NATO, Meta, LinkedIn, Nextdoor and more.

Check out the official conference schedule! Attendees choose from a multitude of breakout sessions, 4 general sessions and many speed sessions on social media topics that matter to government professionals, including:

  • Accessibility
  • Brand building for government agencies
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • First Amendment, copyright & fair use
  • Managing social for large agencies, state & federal
  • Platform updates
  • And much more!

Meet your emcees

Creating an exceptional experience for both in-person attendees and online participants matters to us here on Team GSM! Throughout the program, you’ll hear from special emcees and hosts who make sure your GSMCON2023 event is extraordinary.

Team GSM’s Ariana Donley returns as our in-person emcee — you’ll meet with her on the General Session stage throughout the whole program! You’ll also hear from GSMCON Conference Director and Government Social Media Founder Kristy Dalton during the program for special announcements and more.

What’s happening at the Expo Area? Richard Yeakley with the City of Longview, TX is taking over the Expo Area stage! He’s drumming up excitement, raffling off items and will be your host during networking breaks.

Special for our virtual participants, John Chen is back by popular request! As the virtual emcee, he’s guiding participants through engaging conversation, exciting networking and much more. Take a look at how much fun #VirtualLand had in 2022:

Venue & special activities

Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV
When picking a venue for GSMCON, what we heard from past attendees is that it’s important to have an affordable venue, near an airport, with a spacious set up and things to do. We found that here at the Grand Sierra Resort!

For the entire conference, all sessions are located in a separate wing of the GSR (apart from the entertainment and gaming areas) and is accessible directly from attendee rooms. During sessions, attendees can expect spacious breakout rooms that allow us to offer ‘classroom seating,’ meaning many seats will have space to take notes with a table in front of you. While we’re packing our GSMCON schedule, the venue is big enough to not be crowded, but comfortable enough to genuinely connect with each other. 

After hours, attendees can experience a wide variety of activities right outside your hotel room door! Enjoy everything from bowling, swimming and a golf driving range to axe throwing, an arcade, escape room, laser tag and even an in-house cinema. Check out numerous on-site restaurants including a crab house, burger joint & more.

The GSR is just six minutes away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Our room block is available at the government per diem rate of $102 (+$2/night tourism fee+13% tax). 

Special activities
You’re invited! Before the conference officially starts, make sure to head in on Monday, May 1 not only for the top-notch learning in add-on, pre-conference workshops, but also to meet fellow attendees at the Welcome Reception at the Grand Sierra Resort’s Lex Nightclub. Sponsored by CivicPlus, you’ll be treated to music, light snacks and the continuing tradition of one complimentary drink ticket. 

Eat like a local during the Restaurant Romp! In-person attendees can sign up to participate in Tuesday night’s Restaurant Romp where you can dine with other attendees at several different eateries in the area. This is a great way to get to know other attendees in a fun, no stress setting. Plus, Team GSM is providing complimentary shuttles Tuesday evening to favorite local areas!

Check out some of Team GSM’s favorite Reno spots & surrounding areas.

What upgrades should I get?

Only for in-person ticket holders, attendees can choose from three different options to make your GSMCON experience exactly what you need to succeed in government social media. Our General Admission gets attendees all breakout and general sessions, but we have hands-on, smaller class upgrades available for more in-depth learning on hot topics in the socialgov field:

All Access Ticket

Everything in the General Admission Ticket, PLUS admission to these three All Access only sessions where you’ll work through these top government social media challenges in fun, interactive ways and actually practice what you learn in small group activities.

  • All Access Live Review: Go From Design Disasters to Social Ready
  • All Access PowerTalk: Creating & Editing Smartphone Video
  • All Access WWYD: Getting Leadership to Subscribe to the Work You Do

Add-on, pre-conference Workshops
These 2-hour, add-on, pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 1, 2023, are only held in-person where participants can expect in-depth sessions with small group activities ($100 each). Every person who completes any workshop will receive a digital certificate of completion!

  • Government Social Media 101 -  Best choice if you’re a new socialgov or want to learn the basics!
  • Instagram 201: Beyond Chasing Trends and Posting Photos
  • Creating Effective Social Media Reports Your Boss Loves & Understands

VIP Ticket - almost sold out!

Get everything above and more with the VIP ticket experience!

  • Access to ALL pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 1
  • Admission to All Access sessions during the conference
  • Exclusive VIP networking activity & meal on Wednesday night
  • Private VIP device charging station access in our expo
  • Bonus swag to commemorate your experience
  • Attendee badge upgrade

Can’t make it in-person?

If your agency won’t allow travel or participating online is better for you, you have the option to attend GSMCON virtually

  • Online participants will be able to watch most sessions in real-time, meaning you’ll be right there with speakers and other attendees as sessions are happening. 
  • You’ll attend your own special Virtual Only Welcome Reception on Monday, May 1 where you’ll tune in from Zoom, turn your camera on and get chatting with fellow participants.
  • Access to our event platform where you can participate in forum conversations.
  • Networking opportunities for virtual-only throughout the event!

Register today!

It’s not just the best learning you’ll walk away — or log off — with, you’ll become part of the conference camaraderie that lasts for long afterwards. Get helpful info for training approvals in our downloadable event guide, official session schedule, and our venue page.

We can’t wait to see you at GSMCON2023! Registration closes April 21 (or sold out!) for in-person tickets; virtual tickets close after April 27 — get your ticket today!

Best communicate with the public you serve and get connected with fellow socialgovs by registering for the 2023 Government Social Media Conference happening in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada! Join our free network for bi-weekly Government Social Media Chats or professional association for member-only webinars. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on training, events and more.

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