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 oversight of Dataswift, to ensure they are compliant with 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 and HAT partner organisations globally. The Foundation develops and maintains the trust framework, codified as the HAT Code of Practice with which all HAT enabled applications and HAT service providers must comply in order to participate in the commercial ecosystem. Compliance and oversight is achieved through the board and, when necessary, convening the ethics and governance board.


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 and coordinates 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.

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


As a company limited by guarantee, HCF is established as a social enterprise to Regulate and Innovate the HAT ecosystem of HAT Personal Data Accounts (PDAs) on behalf of HAT Owners (an individual who has a HAT PDA). HCF’s mission is to grow a global innovation ecosystem for personal data exchange based on the HAT open source technology serving the interests of HAT Owners. 

To do this HCF comprises two functional parts:

  • Governance – regulation and oversight of the HAT ecosystem in conjunction with an independent HAT Ethics and Governance Board

  • Innovation - facilitating innovation and growth of the HAT ecosystem by managing HATLAB, supporting both academic research and industry adoption (impact) and informing policy.

HCF was established as part of the guidance from the RCUK 6-university HAT project to nurture and regulate the whole HAT ecosystem on behalf of HAT Owners and Partners.  Specifically, it champions the rights & needs of all HAT Owners to ensure they are not disadvantaged by commercial actors within the ecosystem. Given the ideals of the Hub-of-All-Things, this approach is of benefit to all.