Upcoming YPG Events

Make sure to mark your calendar for these unique opportunities to network with your peers, help the community, and learn from senior leaders.

To be added to our YPG distribution list for information on upcoming events and programs, or to send us your ideas, please contact ypg@usgif.org

Upcoming Events

YPG Mappy Hour

Oct. 19
5-7 p.m.
Cortex, 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

You are invited to USGIF YPG’s first “mappy hour” at Cortex in St. Louis, Oct. 19. USGIF has rented National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of the Solar System to be the centerpiece for this networking event. The giant map is 25 feet by 31 feet and illustrates our solar system. Explore the map, meet other professionals in the St. Louis area, and enjoy refreshments.

The mappy hour occurs during USGIF’s Tech Showcase West event, but you do not need to be registered for Tech Showcase West to attend the mappy hour.

Register to attend this free event!

Is your organization interested in sponsoring the mappy hour?
Contact Justin.Franz@usgif.org for more details.


The Other Side of the Fence: Transitioning Between Government and Industry Careers

Nov. 15
Location & Time TBD

Save the date! YPG will be hosting a workshop on transitioning between government and industry. The workshop will include a keynote speaker and panel of leaders in the GEOINT Community. This event is part of USGIF’s 2016 GEOINT Community Week, Nov. 12-18, in Northern Virginia.

More details to come.

Past Events

Acquisitions 101
Sept. 19, 2016
USGIF’s NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group presents another edition of its Acquisitions 101 event series for YPG, focusing on CPFF Contracting and Rate Build Ups.

A Night in 3D
Aug. 25, 2016
USGIF’s YPG and young professionals of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) were invited to VRICON’s office to network and see a demo of VRICON’s “Globe in 3D” technology.

YPG Small Sat Talk
July 28, 2016
YPG were invited to a presentation on "Commercial Small Satellites and Open Source Analytics” at the Leidos Conference Center in Reston, Va. The presentation was given by Leidos Senior Vice President and USGIF Small Satellite Working Group Co-Chair Robert Zitz.

YPG at GEOINT 2016
May 15-18, 2016
YPG had many activities during USGIF’s GEOINT 2016 Symposium. YPG hosted a panel on “Experiencing M&A: Taking Your Startup to the Next Level” featuring young entrepreneurs who shared their experience in making the decision to take their business to the next level through mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, YPG’ hosted 50 JROTC cadets from Oakridge High School in Orlando as their outreach activity. YPG talked with the students about their interests, how it relates to GEOINT, and the students participated in a scavenger hunt-like activity in the GEOINT 2016 exhibit hall.

Esri YPN & USGIF YPG Happy Hour
Feb. 24, 2016
Following the first day of Esri’s FedGIS 2016 Conference in Washington, DC, Esri’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and USGIF’s YPG co-hosted a happy hour at Rocket Bar.

YPG at "Pink in the Rink” Hockey Game
Feb. 25, 2016
USGIF YPG’s St. Louis chapter attended the St. Louis Blues vs. New York Rangers’ “Pink in the Rink” hockey game.

NGA Professionals Network (NPN) Education and Development (NED) Talk #3 – Acquisition Basics
Feb. 17, 2016
In this third unclassified presentation, attendees listened in on “Acquisition Basics” from guest speaker Bill Young, NGA’s Deputy Component Acquisition Executive for the Director of Plans and Programs.

Acquisition 101 Discussion
Feb. 11, 2016
Young professionals were invited to attend an Acquisition 101 discussion, led by USGIF NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group Co-Chairs Keith Barber and Nick Buck, at VRICON’s office in McLean, Va. The topic of this discussion was “Finding and Picking Contract Types and Vehicles” with guest speakers Keith Barber, OGSystems; Nick Buck, Buck Consulting; and Gary Kyle, Sr., contracts officer with the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Download the presentation here.

Spy Fest
Jan. 29, 2016
YPG once again participated in the International Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest, an educational family event where kids and parents get a rare glimpse into the secret world of espionage through interactive, spy-related activities. YPG volunteers taught families basic satellite imagery analysis and provided a “build-your-own-satellite-model” station for the kids.