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

Acquisitions 101

Jan. 25
5-7 p.m.
DigitalGlobe Office, 2325 Dulles Corner Blvd, 8th Floor, Herndon, VA 20171

Co-chairs from USGIF’s NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group will once again discuss government acquisitions with young professionals as part of YPG’s Acquisitions 101 event series. January’s topic will focus on a mock of the source selection cycle. This event is sponsored by DigitalGlobe and is free to attend.


Spy Fest

Jan. 27
6-9 p.m.
International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

YPG will once again participate in the International Spy Museum’s Spy Fest event, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m., in Washington DC. Spy Fest is 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 will teach families basic satellite imagery analysis and provide a “build-your-own-satellite-model” station for the kids.


3D Storytelling for the Xbox Generation

Feb 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
Mustang Sally Brewing Company, 14140 Parke Long Ct A-C, Chantilly, VA 20151

Join us for networking and an informal discussion as Craig Brower, vice president of Vricon, discusses three key areas of diversity in the Intelligence Community (IC): Data, Perspective, and Age. Today, we are drowning in a sea of information. While diversity of data is critical to analysis, it is only useful when it is interpreted by people or machines and conveyed in an understandable context. At the same time, the “Xbox generation” is now embarking on careers in the IC in record numbers and is surprised by the IC’s 2D limitations. How can these talented new members of the IC, who are used to playing and thinking in 3D, communicate key intelligence findings effectively and accurately? This presentation will discuss how to give the Xbox generation the Xbox-like tools to create new insights into critical intelligence issues. This powerfully diverse intersection of age, data, and perspective is critical for the IC to enhance its storytelling and better support policy makers.

RSVP to ypg@usgif.org to attend this free event.


GEOINT 2017 Golden Ticket Program

Deadline to Apply: March 20

Each year, USGIF offers the Golden Ticket program as an opportunity for young professionals to win an exclusive opportunity to meet and hear from seniors and innovators at the GEOINT Symposium. The GEOINT 2017 Symposium will take place June 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas.

See application details

Past Events

YPG Holiday Party
Dec. 15, 2016
YPG held its annual holiday party in Arlington, Va. About 20 young professionals gathered to celebrate the holidays and network with others in the Washington metropolitan area. YPG also collected new toys for Toys For Tots.

Come celebrate the holidays with YPG! The group will be hosting their annual holiday party in Arlington, and is a great opportunity to meet YPG in Northern Virginia in a casual setting. Refreshments will be provided. Although the holiday party is free to attend, you MUST BRING one new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys For Tots.

GEOINT Workforce and Emerging Technology Workshop
Nov. 15, 2016
YPG hosted a workshop during USGIF’s 2016 GEOINT Community Week. The event featured a keynote on machine learning and artificial intelligence by Boeing Defense’s Dewey R. Houck II, as well as a panel discussion on transitioning between government and industry careers.
Read the recap at trajectorymagazine.com

YPG Mappy Hour
Oct. 19, 2016
USGIF’s YPG first “Mappy Hour” occurred during USGIF’s Tech Showcase West at Cortex in St. Louis. National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of the Solar System was the centerpiece for this networking event.

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.