This week's episode focuses on open tech, diversity, and inclusion as Petya Kangalova joins Steven. Petya is an Open Tech Advocate and works in Community Engagement at HOTOSM. Proving that you don’t need to have a degree in tech to make an impact, Petya explains there are many ways of getting involved even if you’re new to tech or mapping. Steven and Petya discuss the lack of diversity in tech and ponder how to change that. The first step, according to Petya is having an awareness of your privileges. Only then you can begin to work as an ally. While many focus on the lack of women in tech, it’s not only about gender inclusion but also being inclusive of those who may not have the same access or the language skills. Tune in to find out how HOT is contributing to diversifying and how you can be an ally too.

The Geomob podcast is hosted by Ed Freyfogle, co-founder of OpenCage, and Steven Feldman, of KnowWhere Consulting.

Every week we discuss themes from the geo industry, interview Geomob speakers, and provide regular updates about our own projects.