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

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program

USGIF is now accepting applications for its GEOINT 2020 Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program. Each year, the Foundation offers this exclusive opportunity for 30 young professionals to attend the GEOINT Symposium to hear from seniors and innovators in the GEOINT world in a personal setting.


Application and letter of recommendation deadline: Thursday, Feb. 13

YPG Third Thursday

Jan. 16
Join us for YPG’s monthly informal networking event in various locations. No need to RSVP, we’ll see you there!

Ann Arbor Location
4:30-6 p.m. EST
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House
307 N River St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Melbourne Location
5:30 -7 p.m. EST
The Mansion
1218 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

St. Louis Location
4:30-7 p.m. CST
Llewelyn’s Pub Soulard
1732 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63104

Washington DC Location
5:30-7 p.m. EST
Bronson Bierhall
4100 Fairfax Dr, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203

Spy Fest

Jan. 31
6-9 p.m.
International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

Each year, YPG participates in the Spy Museum’s Spy Fest, an interactive event that allows families to do activities, see demos, and test their skills. YPG will have a build-your-own-satellite activity available for children and their families to engineer their own model satellite and analyze imagery.

YPN Reception, Co-Hosted by YPG

Feb. 11
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Lucky Strike, 701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

YPG will be co-hosting a reception with Esri’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) as part of the Esri Federal GIS Conference. This is a great opportunity to network with other young professionals attending the conference. No RSVP necessary, but you must be a registered Esri Fed attendee and have your badge with you.

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.