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/GeoSTL: Geospatial Tech Talk

Oct. 15
5-7 p.m. CT
T-REX, 911 Washington Ave, Suite 500, St. Louis, MO 63101

Looking to learn more about the geospatial world and how you can get involved in the St. Louis area? Join USGIF’s Young Professionals Group and GeoSTL for an evening of learning and networking. Hear from USGIF Board Member Patty Mims and T-REX’s Executive Director Patty Hagen about both organizations and how they are contributing to the overall geospatial mission in the St. Louis region. This event is free to attend.

RSVP to ypg@usgif.org to attend.

YPG Third Thursday

Oct. 18
5:30-7 p.m.
Crafthouse, Reston Town Center, 1888 Explorer St, Reston, VA 20190

Join us for YPG Third Thursday, an informal, drop-in networking event. This monthly happy hour is a way for young professionals to grow their network while enjoying food and drink. Each month we rotate to different locations in Northern Virginia. No RSVP necessary, we’ll see you there!

Intro to Coding Workshop with IBM

Oct. 23
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
McLean Technical Exploration Center
8401 Greensboro Drive, Suite 120, McLean, VA 22102

Join YPG for an introductory course in coding, led by USGIF Organizational Member IBM. This workshop is designed to give attendees a hands-on application and experience of IoT application coding, and seeing the results of the code on a Raspberry Pi. Breakfast will be provided from 8-8:30am during check-in and the workshop will begin at 8:30am.

The Internet of Things (IoT) links physical things, such as weather sensors and smartphones, to applications. The connection allows applications to provide functionality based on the information it can derive from the things that are connected. IoT has applications across many industries, including government, insurance, energy, and smart homes.

USGIF Members: Free
USGIF Non-Members: $35

Registration will close Oct. 16.

Thank You To Our Host

GMU GIS Day Networking Reception

Nov. 14
4-6 p.m.
Oh George, 10659 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 (Across from GMU’s campus)

As part of George Mason University’s annual GIS Day event, YPG will conclude the day by hosting a networking event at Oh George. This is a great opportunity to network with GMU students and young professionals. Our sponsor, Radiant Solutions, will give a short presentation on the importance of career growth and insight on the future of geospatial products and services for government and commercial applications.

No RSVP necessary, we’ll see you there!

Thank you to our sponsor!

Past Events

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.

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.