January 13-15, 2017 Philadelphia, PA
The 13th Annual Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference
Hosted by Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association
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Ygnite 2017

Get Connected, Unleash Your Potential
Bringing together talented young participants from many diverse fields to discover our potential in soft and technical skills and to gain the confidence to excel in our careers.

Ygnite 2017 Speakers

Listen to their inspirational stories.

Friday Dinner, Keynote Talk
Dr. Sebastian Seung
Professor at Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Computer Science Department
Saturday Dinner, Plenary Talk
Timothy Hwang
Founder and CEO of FiscalNote


$250. Participant 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 'Regular Participant' option)

Application Deadline

Early Deadline 9/25 11:59pm PST
Regular Deadline 10/9 11:59pm PST

Registration Deadline

The non-refundable registration fee is due by:
Registration Deadline 11/4 11:59pm PST

Presenter Applications Submitted by Early Deadline will be eligible for Early Registration Discount of $40.
(Not applicable for 'Regular Participant' 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 online prior to your arrival with your name and ticket price clearly marked. We will confirm your submission as you first register on-site. Following the conference, you will be able to see your total travel support amount on our website for 2 weeks. During this time, you will be able to confirm the total amount as well as your mailing address or send a correction request. Travel Support checks will be mailed out by the end of March.

Please note that participants who apply as Regular Participant will be ineligible for any Travel Support.



Ygnite 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, located at 201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
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 (1/12/2017 - 1/14/2017).

Dress Code

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

In addition, the conference's City Tour program will include site-seeing and exploration so we encourage you to bring casual wear for that portion 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.


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.


Ygnite 2017 is hosted by KSEA with support from the co-hosts KUSCO and KOFST.


Ygnite 2017 is organized and run by former Ygnite participants from all across the country.

Stella Chun
Hangaram Kim
Mina So
Young Yim
Jonathan Young Kim
Andy Baek Jane Ryu
Binna Lee Jason Ki
Carol Rim Jay Han
Christine Kyuyon Yo Jennifer Jo
Clara Kim Joanne Lee
Clara Park Justin Junghee Kim
Dahea Diana You Katherine Soojin Cho
Daniel Lee Kenny Lee
DK Kim Ryuhwa Stella Kim
Eugene Jisu Yoon Seungwon Thomas Yoon
Eun Bin Go Tim Woojin Song
HanGyeol Ryu Woongsu William Keum
Hyon Lee Yena Son
Benjamin Lee, Ph.D.
Claire Hur, Ph.D.
Israel Jung
John H Lee, Ph.D.
Michael Lee, Ph.D.

Please email us if you have any questions or are confused about the application process.

Email us at yg@ksea.org