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 2.5% of HATDeX revenues as part of HATDeX governance.

HATDeX certifies and approves all Tools, Apps and Plugs on the HATDeX platform and refers to the foundation for cases where there may be sensitive or ethical issues in the handling and exchange of personal data from HATs.

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 oversight of HAT-enabled applications, tools and plugs 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.