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Rebecca Firth

StaffCommunity & Partnerships Manager


Rebecca is HOT’s Community and Partnerships Manager. She joined the HOT staff team in 2016, and has actively volunteered with HOT and Missing Maps since 2014.


Rebecca joined HOT from working in CSR at a global management consulting firm, where she led the setup of a digital skilling programme for job-seekers and entrepreneurs, working with a wide range of charity partners to embed the programme. As a volunteer, she also led the creation of a sustainable mapping community of 3,000 people, setting up events like this: Prior to this, Rebecca worked setting up digital programmes as a private sector consultant.


In her role at HOT, Rebecca focuses on sustaining and growing the community to strengthen the impact HOT projects can have. This improves HOTs capabilities across longer term capacity building, local community development projects, and disaster events. She also runs the Microgrants program, supporting OpenStreetMap communities around the world to scale and build local capacity.


Rebecca holds an MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge, where she focussed on international development. Working with HOT brings her interests in geography, international development and digital together.


OSM Benin: growing local mapping with a HOT Microgrant

Guest blog - Luc Kpogbe, OSM Benin

7 September, 2018

State of the Map 2018: reflections on inclusivity

The beauty of OpenStreetMap is it’s potential to be the most inclusive and representative map there is. Inclusion has long been discussed in the...

24 August, 2018

Microgrants 2018: HOT supports eight OSM communities!

We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Microgrant programme, which will support communities across South America, the Caribbean, West Africa and...

20 April, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018: #pressforprogress

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7 March, 2018

HOT 2018 Microgrants Programme Launch!

HOT 2018 Microgrants Programme Launches!   Many OSM communities around the world are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. HOT wants to...

6 February, 2018

Funds for community-led projects to improve resilience to disasters and crises: the 2018 HOT Microgrants program

2018 Microgrants Program   Part of HOT’s mission is to enable anyone, anywhere to map their community. OpenStreetMap (OSM) community leaders worldwide are achieving amazing...

17 January, 2018

Building OpenStreetMap Zambia with the help of a HOT Microgrant

*Guest Blog – Trudy Namitala, OSM Zambia*   Since 2016, OSM Zambia has embarked on a journey to transform communities in Zambia by introducing...

9 November, 2017

HOT Microgrant: Mafalala, Mozambique - Mapping history with a focus on the future

*Guest blog: Remigio Chilaule, Mafalala, Mozambique*   Mozambique is a developing African country with many riches, and a lot of untapped potential in natural...

2 November, 2017

Microgrants: Humanitarian mapping of coastal wetlands and fishing livelihoods for resilience to climate change and variability, Colombia.

*Guest blog: Juan F. Blanco-Libreros, Ph.D., Natalia DaSilveira Arruda, M.Sc., and Nixon A. Aristizabal, GIS Spec. Universidad de Antioquia*   Rural and urban communities...

2 October, 2017

HOT Activates for five disasters: update

La comunidad (HOT) esta actualmente mapeando ( cartografiando) para unos  5 impredecibles desastres en Mexico, el Caribe y el sur de Asia. Mas de 4.800 voluntarios...

26 September, 2017

HOT Activates for Three Disasters: Hurricane Irma, Mexico Earthquake, Bangladesh Floods

Cette première semaine de septembre 2017 a vu se produire des catastrophes et destructions d’une intensité sans précédent et la Communauté HOT a été activée pour y répondre. Les projets et sur la façon de fait pour participer sont détaillés ci-dessous. C’est un moment critique pour la vie de millions de personnes dans le monde et nous remercions les cartographes volontaires pour leur soutien.

9 September, 2017

Sharing Experiences OSM Mapping in Four Countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Fiji and the Philippines

*Guest Blog: Colleen Curran GeoInformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)* Throughout 2016 the GeoInformatics Center, a research center at the Asian Institute of Technology...

23 August, 2017

HOT and Heidelberg Institution for Geoinformation Technology Collaborations

We’re pleased to announce we’ve recently formalised our partnership with the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) at GIScience Heidelberg University. HOT and HeiGIT...

10 August, 2017

Crowd2Map Tanzania: putting rural Tanzania on the map with the help of a HOT Microgrant

*Guest blog - Janet Chapman, Crowd2Map*   Crowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project aiming to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015,...

3 August, 2017

State of the Map Africa: the first conference

  *Guest blog - Janet Chapman, Crowd2Map*   It was a great privilege to present Crowd2Map at the first State of the Map Africa...

17 July, 2017

HOT Supports Community Driven Open Data: Ger Community Mapping Center, Mongolia

  Guest blog: Enkhtungalag of Ger Community Mapping Center, Mongolia, who are the beneficiaries of a 2017 HOT Microgrant.   Mongolia is considered one...

10 July, 2017

World Malaria Day: map to help Malaria elimination worldwide

Tuesday 25th April is World Malaria Day, and we’re hosting a Global 24 hour mapathon to support eradication of Malaria worldwide. You can join...

21 April, 2017

HOT Microgrants 2017: Results

    We had a fantastic response to our first ever Microgrants Programme, with over 70 applications from nearly 50 countries worldwide. After much...

20 April, 2017

This International Women’s Day, show your support by mapping

Many of HOT’s projects and partners focus on improving outcomes for women and girls in the developing world. This work is done in support...

7 March, 2017

2017 Microgrants Programme in full swing - read our Q&A summary

  The 2017 Microgrants Programme is in full swing, with just under three weeks untill the application deadline! We've summarised the questions we've received...

21 February, 2017

HOT Microgrants Programme Launches

We're excited to launch the HOT Microgrants Program! Many OSM communities around the world are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. HOT...

2 February, 2017

Recap of the UN World Data Forum: using OpenStreetMap for the Sustainable Development Goals

Last week I attended the UN World Data Forum to share the work the HOT community is doing with our partners towards achieving the...

27 January, 2017