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 Third Thursday

July 16
Join the USGIF Young Professionals Group (YPG) for our virtual Third Thursday networking and professional development event July 16, at 5:30pm EDT.

This event will be the first YPG Third Thursday – Mentor Edition! Our guest speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Mendoza, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer and IC Chief Architect. Please join us to hear from Dr. Mendoza on how to organize, plan and get the most out of a mentorship for a successful career. This discussion will be followed up by a Q&A session.

Email WorkingGroups@usgif.org to register.

We look forward to seeing you at this quarantine friendly, Mentor Edition of virtual YPG Third Thursday!

Past Events

Acquisitions 101
Feb. 28, 2019
Keith Barber from Planet and Nick Buck from Buck Consulting Group spoke about finding and selecting contract types and vehicles, what everyone should know, and how doing so works in the geospatial community.

GIS Day Networking Reception
Nov. 15, 2018

Intro to Coding Workshop with IBM
Oct. 23, 2018
YPG offered an introductory course in coding led by USGIF Organizational Member IBM.

YPG/GeoSTL: Geospatial Tech Talk
Oct. 15, 2018
T-REX, St. Louis, MO

Acquisitions 101
Aug. 20, 2018
YPG presented an introductory lesson to acquisitions, featuring speakers Keith Barber from Planet and Nick Buck with Nick Buck Consulting at Planet’s DC office. The duo spoke about their experience with acquisitions, what everyone should know, and how it works in the geospatial community.

YPG Tech Talk: The Road to Sub-Meter Digital Elevation Modeled Surfaces
Oct. 16, 2017
YPG held a tech talk in St. Louis at T-REX where attendees heard from NGA’s Tom Creel and Scott J. Spaunhorst as they discussed and presented on where high resolution 3D terrain within Foundation GEOINT is going. A networking reception followed.

The Future of Intelligence and Role of GEOINT
Sept. 19, 2017
USGIF invited young professionals to hear a discussion by USGIF’s Senior Operations Executive Christopher Viselli about the future of intelligence in an era marked by rapidly evolving conflict, technology and business disruptors, and large-scale data ubiquity and information commoditization.

YPG at GEOINT 2017
June 4-7, 2017
Young professionals took part in many activities throughout the week during USGIF’s GEOINT 2017 Symposium to include mentoring sessions, a young professionals reception, and an introduction to YPG and USGIF’s Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee’s new mentoring program. The YPG Golden Ticket winners also got to participate in exclusive luncheon and mentoring sessions with senior leaders, as well as lead Boy Scouts from San Antonio on a geocaching activity in the city.


YPG Boy Scouts Geocache Outreach from Trajectory On Location on Vimeo.

Spy Fest
Jan. 27, 2017
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 about satellites using 3D satellite imagery provided by Vricon. Kids could also build their own satellites using everyday household items.

Acquisitions 101
Jan. 25, 2017
Co-chairs from USGIF’s NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group discussed government acquisitions with young professionals as part of YPG’s Acquisitions 101 event series. January’s topic focused on a mock of the source selection cycle.