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

Golden Ticket Program

GEOINT 2019 Symposium YPG Golden Ticket Program

Each year, USGIF’s YPG Golden Ticket Program offers young professionals the chance to win an exclusive opportunity to the GEOINT Symposium to meet and hear from seniors and innovators in the GEOINT world in a personal setting.

This year USGIF is selecting 30 young professionals for the YPG Golden Ticket Program to attend the GEOINT 2019 Symposium, June 2-5, in San Antonio, Texas. The program includes private networking events, luncheons with government and industry seniors, and admission to the chairman’s reception among other opportunities.

Winning the Golden Ticket includes complimentary registration to GEOINT 2019, however, winners are responsible for their own housing and travel. If selected, winners agree to attend the full Symposium and all activities and discussions that accompany the Golden Ticket agenda.

How to Apply

Click the “Apply” button below to fill out the application form. Candidates will also need to submit one letter of recommendation which must be sent to ypg@usgif.org.

Apply by Wednesday, March 20.


Upcoming Events

YPN/YPG Networking Reception

Jan. 29
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lucky Strike
701 7th St NW #2, Washington, DC 20001

USGIF’s YPG is co-hosting a networking reception with Esri’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) as part of the 2019 Esri Federal GIS Conference, Jan. 29-30, in Washington, D.C. If you are an attendee or exhibitor at the conference, be sure to stop by Lucky Strike for some networking with young professionals in the D.C. area. Food, beverages, and bowling provided! Free to attend!

No RSVP necessary, however, you must have an Esri Federal GIS Conference badge to attend.

YPG Third Wednesday – St. Louis Edition

Feb. 20
4:30-6 p.m.
Four Hands Brewing Company
1220 S 8th St, St. Louis, MO 63104

Join St. Louis area YPG for an informal networking event. This event will occur the third Wednesday of each month and rotate to different venues in St. Louis.

No RSVP necessary, we’ll see you there!

Past Events

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.

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.