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Petya Kangalova

StaffNetworks & Engagement Lead


Originally from Bulgaria, I am currently based in Bristol, UK. I am really passionate about the impact of open mapping and using technology as the enabler for people in supporting their communities. In this role, I hope to be able to successfully build a dynamic collective of open tech contributors from around the world!

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Development from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Economics (Development) from the University of Bath, UK. I started my career working for the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), leading a portfolio of research programs in international development. I then transitioned into the world of open data and fell in love with it and especially the people and communities there! Over the past five years, I worked for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) where I provided direct support to many developments and humanitarian organizations in publishing open data, managed various open tech products, and organized training and community workshops in Senegal, Nepal, and Tanzania.


HOT’s Outreachy journey

Follow Petya Kangalova, HOT's Networks and Engagement Lead, as she talks about the importance of mentorship in the open-source tech space and how our partnership with Outreachy promotes inclusivity.

19 March, 2024

fAIr - what to expect in 2024!

Learn about the most recent updates on HOT’s AI-assisted mapping service (fAIr) and what to expect in 2024!

21 December, 2023

HOT Tasking Manager - Welcome to NAXA

We are very excited to announce that we will be working with NAXA, who will provide software development support for the evolution of the HOT Tasking Manager.

10 October, 2023

Welcome to the Tasking Manager Collective: how to join & contribute!

We are really excited to be working with Kathmandu Living Labs! Hopefully you have already seen the blog post in welcoming KLL to the...

23 March, 2022

HOT Tasking Manager Collective: update on the journey so far- July 2022

Thank you to all the contributors and participants in the Tasking Manager Collective. Hope you enjoy reading some of the highlights since the start of our collaboration with the Kathmandu Living Labs team.

25 July, 2022

hot_tech team in Florence, August 2022

We are excited to meet the community and share all that’s happening with the hot_tech team at State of the Map and FOSS4G starting next week!

11 August, 2022

hot_tech attending SoTM& FOSS4G highlights

It will be hard to capture the connections, learning, excitement and the feeling of community during State of the Map and FOSS4G in a blog, but here are a few highlights and photos on what happened during the various days! Hope you enjoy it!

9 September, 2022

Reflections from attending the OpenSourceSummit Europe, September 2022

Hello lovely community members and tech enthusiasts!! I want to share some of my reflections from attending the Open Source Summit in Dublin in mid-September for the very first time! I categorised them into four areas that I hope will be useful for our community! If you are an open source developer, a maintainer of an open source project, or somebody who is interested in getting more involved with open source projects, then this post is for you! Hope you enjoy it - please reach out to me if you have questions(

5 October, 2022

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