The HAT Community Foundation is a non-profit organisation promoting the use of HAT microservers by individuals, startups, corporations, universities and government.


The HAT Community Foundation (HCF) is a members’ organisation that sets the top-level requirements for the HAT Ecosystem trust framework. All stakeholders of the HAT Ecosystem that build on the HATDeX Technology Platform are required to become members of the Foundation.

The Foundation owns one guardian share of HAT Data Exchange Ltd (HATDeX) and benefits from 30% of HATDeX dividends.

The Foundation certifies and approves all Tools, Apps and Plugs on the HATDeX platform.

The Foundation owns all HAT trademarks.





Growing the HAT ecosystem is achieved by signing on new HAT Owners as well as new startups and partners to build on the HAT platform. The Foundation’s advocacy programme supports citizen movements to access their own data from corporations, and spreads the word through events and social media communications.

The HAT Community Foundation works with organisations, startup founders, consultants, funders, government and NGOs to develop HAT applications – new business services and applications built on the HAT Open Innovation Platform and integrated within the HAT trust framework – to help empower individuals with ownership and control over their data.



Regulation of the HAT ecosystem is through the certification of applications built “on the HAT” to ensure they are compliant with both the technical standards and values of the HAT trust framework.

The HAT Community Foundation takes responsibility for the economic and general health of the HAT ecosystem on behalf of HAT Owners everywhere. The Foundation develops and maintains the trust framework, codified as the HAT Code of Practice with which all HAT applications and HAT service providers must comply in order to participate in the commercial ecosystem. Compliance is certified by the Foundation, or another second-party HAT accreditation agency.

Organisations (or individuals) wishing to have services or applications certified for admission to the HAT ecosystem should enquire here.



Representing all HAT Owners is about championing our rights in this mutually beneficial new infrastructure, shaping its development for the benefit of all.

We work with organisations, governments and non-government organisations (NGOs) to shape the future of the digital economy and the role, rights and expectations of the individual data owners within it.

We represent the interests of HAT Owners in the evolution of the HAT ecosystem, particularly with regard to regulation of the trust framework to ensure that the developing market between data owners and “data buyers” remains balanced and beneficial to both whilst upholding the rights and expectations of the individuals.


REsearch, policy and INNOVATion

The Foundation manages the HAT research and innovation initiatives in the HAT ecosystem. They include HATLAB, the HAT Accelerator, research conferences, workshops and support of grants and policy initiatives. 

We continue to work with universities to promote research and development in the personal digital economy. Stay in touch and support our vision as a member of the HAT Foundation.