Avenues of Participation

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Do you have big ideas that you want to share with our community?

We currently host 7 avenues for presenting, all of which are accompanied with additional conference registration fee discounts and travel support:

General participant (non-presenter) is an alternative option which entails higher registration fees and does not come with travel support, but no preparation of presentation materials is required.

Please refer to these links for more information on registration fees and travel support.


Would you like to share your past or ongoing projects and showcase your professional background? Share your academic research or industrial projects in a 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. Your presentation should be approachable and engaging for an audience with a diverse set of backgrounds. You will be presenting in person to a live audience of other Ygnite participants.

Lecture categories are:

  • Health & Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology & Software
  • Lifestyle (i.e. cooking, finance management, time management, creating a sense of community at work)

Lightning Talk

What makes you the person that you are today? How have you leveraged professional and personal synergy to catalyze your life, career, or interpersonal relationships? Share your stories for 5 minutes, including, but not limited to, lessons learned, leadership, teamwork, hobbies, and more. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase who you were, who you are today, and/or who you will be in the future. You will be presenting in person to a live audience of other Ygnite participants.

TikTalk (Undergraduates Only)

Do you like sharing your life stories, hobbies, and activities on social media? If you were an influencer in your area of interest, how would you showcase your knowledge on Youtube, Instagram, or TikTok? Take a 3 to 5 minute video clip of yourself explaining your passions. This is an opportunity for you to be you, in a judgment free zone. Your pre-recorded video will be displayed to a live audience of other Ygnite participants. We strongly recommend including yourself in the video to increase engagement with your audience.

Poster Exhibit

Do you enjoy presenting and discussing your technical work or experiences in an open environment? Bring a poster which showcases your topic to a 1 hour session where any participant may come to learn about your area of interest. The audience ranges from undergraduate students to professors and experienced industry professionals from a range of different fields. Anyone with a specific topic can apply, and there is no minimum prior experience required to submit a poster. Choose a topic from below and share your knowledge with Ygnite!

Possible poster topics are:

Panel Session

Become a panelist to share your thoughts on your area of expertise in this 1 hour panel discussion. You will be discussing with several other panelists and a moderator about important concepts and “know-hows” of your field to help the audience accelerate in their career. Choose a topic from below and discuss your knowledge with fellow Ygnite participants!

Panel topics are :

  • Pushing the Boundaries of Healthcare (or Medical/Health Ethics)
  • Developments and Future Prospects in Tech
  • Navigating Graduate/Professional School Admissions & Challenges of Academia
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Industry and Academia

YG Leadership Session (YG Group Officers Only)

Young Generation (YG) groups are an integral part of the KSEA organization that brings together Korean-American undergraduate and graduate students, along with young professionals, who have similar interests in the sciences and engineering. These groups work towards cultivating the next generation of Korean-American scientists and engineers through a number of avenues that include networking, community service and leadership.

We invite YG leadership representatives from all across the country to join us for the YG Leadership Session where we will promote networking among representatives and facilitate meaningful discussions on building effective relationships within the YG network. Through these sessions, representatives will have the chance to establish personal and professional relationships with fellow representatives, and to share their experiences and discuss a number of issues related to managing their respective YG groups. Note: Recent grads who were previous YG officers with chapter experiences are also welcome. 

Startup Pitch

Ygnite 2023 offers two startup programs, one for aspiring and one for early-stage entrepreneurs. These programs are opportunities for you to pitch your ideas, build strong networks, and acquire passionate business mentors. Our goal is to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the Korean-American community by offering competitions where entrepreneurs can receive constructive feedback from experienced venture capitalists and established CEOs. This year, we offer a Venture Showcase and a Vision Pitch Competition in addition to a panel discussion, lecture, and networking session focused on startups. Winners from the startup competitions will receive cash prizes!

Click on the poster (right) to download.

General Participant

While we encourage all applicants to share their expertise and knowledge through one of our seven presenter options, Ygnite also encourages applications from those who do not wish to formally present at the conference. General participants will have access to all Ygnite programs, including workshop sessions. Please refer to these links for more information on registration fees and travel support.