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 – Two Locations

March 21

Join YPG for our monthly informal networking event in either the D.C. or St. Louis areas! Third Thursday is a way to connect with other young professionals in the GEOINT Community.

Washington D.C.
5:30-7 p.m. EST
Don Tito, 3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

St. Louis
4:30-6 p.m. CST
itap-Soulard, 1711 S. 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104

No RSVP necessary, we’ll see you there!


Interagency Mentoring and Collaboration Workshop

March 23
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST
NGA East and West Campuses

The NGA Professionals Network (NPN) will host its annual Interagency Mentoring and Collaboration Workshop on March 23. This is a one-day workshop focused on career development, mentoring, and networking opportunities for the Intelligence Community and its partners. This year’s theme is “Human Connections in a Digital World.” The program will feature keynote presentations, speed mentoring sessions, and presentations from the NGA workforce, other government agencies, industry, and academia.

USGIF’s YPG will have a table at the event with more information about the group and upcoming events.

This event is unclassified and open to the public, pending security approval. To register, please fill out this registration form and return to NPNinfo@nga.mil by Friday, March 15.


New Essentials Certification Pilot Exam Testing

April 1-19
9am-12pm
Global Skills Exchange (GSX) Office, Alexandria, VA

Are you a young GEOINT professional in the Washington, DC region looking for opportunities to demonstrate the breadth of your GEOINT technical expertise and distinguish yourself from your professional peers? USGIF has a great opportunity for you to test your foundational knowledge of Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis, GIS & Analysis Tools, Geospatial Data Management, and Data Visualization. Join other young GEOINT professionals by registering for free for the pilot of USGIF’s newest certification exam, The Essentials!

Learn more and register.

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.

The Golden Ticket Program is now closed. Winners will be announced in April.

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.