Jan 19 - 21 / Washington DC

Ygnite 2018

Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference

My Ygnite

Ygnite 2018

GRIT: Greatness Requires Integrity and Tenacity
Sharing stories from talented young engineers and scientists of how passion and perseverance leads to reaching long-term goals.

2018 Ygnite Speakers

Listen to their inspirational stories.

Keynote Talk
Dr. Dennis Choi
Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology and Director of the Neurosciences Institute at Stony Brook University
Plenary Talk
Daphne Kwok
Vice President
Multicultural Leadership -- Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy


$250. Attendee Option. No preparation or presentation required. Travel not supported.

$130. Presenter Option. Prior preparation required. Presentation on site. Travel supported.

Presenter Applications Submitted by Early Deadline will be eligible for Early Registration Discount of $40.
(Not applicable for 'Conference Attendee' option)

Application Deadline

Early Deadline 9/18/2017 11:59 PM PST
Regular Deadline 10/8/2017 11:59 PM PST

Registration Deadline

The non-refundable registration fee is due by:
Registration Deadline 10/23/2017 11:59 PM PST

Presenter Applications Submitted by Early Deadline will be eligible for Early Registration Discount of $40.
(Not applicable for 'Conference Attendee' option)

You must be a member of KSEA at the time of registration. Membership is free for undergraduates, $15 for graduate students, and $35 for professional members. Join today at ksea.org

Travel Support

Travel support is available for presenters at the following rates:

Travel Support Support % Max Cap
Flight distance less than 300 mi 0% $0
Flight distance from 300 mi and less than 1200 mi 45% $120
Flight distance from 1200 mi and less than 2400 mi 50% $170
Flight distance from 2400 mi and greater 50% $200

Your travel support will be calculated using the chart above. If you do not present your presentation, you will forfeit your travel support. You must submit receipts at registration on My Ygnite with your name and ticket price clearly marked by no later than December 29th, 2018. We will confirm your submission as you first register on-site. Following the conference you will be able to check your total travel support amount and mailing address on My Ygnite. Please confirm information is correct by February 4, 2018. If corrections are needed, contact yg@ksea.org. Travel Support checks will be mailed out by the end of March.

Please note that participants who apply as Conference Attendee will be ineligible for any Travel Support.



Ygnite 2018 will be held at the HYATT REGENCY TYSONS CORNER CENTER, located at 7901 Tysons One Place Tysons Corner, Virginia, USA, 22102.
Visit here to get more details about the hotel.

Once accepted to the conference, room reservations and assignments will be taken care of by the conference organizers - no need for you to book or pay for your own rooms!

Rooms are provided by KSEA for the evenings of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (1/18/2018 - 1/20/2018).

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is Business Casual. We ask that you dress appropriately during all hours of the conference.

After conference hours, there will be optional activities as well, so don't forget to bring casual wears.

There will also be a Red Carpet Photo Session where you are encouraged to dress your best and show off a little!

Thursday Entertainment

Participants are encouraged to arrive early afternoon on Thursday (lodging provided) for unofficial networking with other participants. Upon request and based on flight schedules, groups may be formed for the activity.


Ygnite 2018 is hosted by KSEA with support from the co-hosts KUSCO and KOFST.


Support leaders of the future


Ygnite would not be possible without generous donations from our sponsors.

Please read on for more information about becoming a sponsor or download the sponsorship document below.


Besides full exposure to over 200 expected participants, sponsors may also be exposed to all of our 1000+ KSEA young generation members in over 20 Young Generation Groups on school campuses and over 30 local chapters across the U.S via:

  • Career Resource Fair
  • Exhibitor Space
  • Ygnite Program Booklet & Website Ad
  • Company Logo on Sponsor Slideshow
  • Named Sponsorship for Plenary Sessions, Awards, and Dinner Banquets

How to become a sponsor

Please notify yg.pr@ksea.org:

  • Your desired sponsorship package
  • Your company name, contact name, email, phone number, address, and donation amount
  • Let us know if you need an invoice, IRS 501(c)(3), payment receipt, or other forms

To make a payment, there are two options.

  • Mail a check to KSEA, 1952 Gallows Road Suite 300, Vienna, VA 22182, USA made out to KSEA with memo YGTLC Sponsorship.
  • Pay with Credit Card by calling KSEA HQ at (703) 748-1221 during Office Hours of M-F, 9am-5:30pm EST, ask to speak to Finance Manager Kelly Han.

Individual Sponsors

In recognition of your generous donation, your name will be listed in the website, mobile app, and slidedeck during plenary sessions. Deadline is December 29th, 2017.

How to become an individual sponsor

If you are attending Ygnite this year, please go to My Ygnite to complete your donation pledge.

Non-participants, Cick Here to Donate Now!

Please inquire about company matching gifts to yg.pr@ksea.org


Ygnite 2018 is organized and run by former Ygnite participants from all across the country.

Mina So, Ph.D.
Andy Baek
Katherine S. Cho, M.A.
Hyon Lee, M.Eng.
Yun Young Yim, Ph.D.
Brian Min Carol Rim, Pharm. D.
Chelsea Joohee Kang Clara Kim
Clara Park, PharmD Daniel Ku
Daniel Lee David Yusien Hong
Epiphany Ryu Eugene Yoon
Frances Park Hailey Bae
HanGyeol Ryu Hyeon Ki Jeong
Hyeyoun Jang Jaehoon Lee
James SeongJun Han, M.Sc. Jay Han
Jeehae Jessica Song Jina Yoon
Jiwoon Park, M. Eng. Joanne Lee, M.S.
Jonathan Young Kim Jongmu Joshua Oh
Jun Ha Park Justin Junghee Kim
Karl Kyeongan Kwon, Ph.D. Lee Gill
Michael Minsung Do Peter Yu
Pum Sang Cho Rachel Lee
Ryuhwa Stella Kim SungMin (Matthew) Bae
Sunny SunJung Park TJ Park
YJ Jin Yena Son, M.P.P.
Young Lee Young-Eun Hyun
Benjamin Lee, Ph.D.
Claire Hur, Ph.D.
John H Lee, Ph.D.
Stella Chun
Young Yim
Frequently Asked Questions
Program / Avenues of Participation
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Contact us!

Please refer to the FAQ section, then email us if you have any other questions or are confused about the application process.

Email us at yg@ksea.org