About Us 2017-08-02T11:15:21+00:00

What is the HAT Community Foundation

The HAT Community Foundation is the non-profit charged with growing, regulating, representing, and innovating on Hub of All Things technology.

What do we do?

HCF Members help the HAT’s four key mission pillars: Growing, Regulating, Innovating, and Representing the ecosystem of individuals, companies, and other organisations that use the HAT. We help it stay equitable, progressive, fair, and sound for all parties – both for-profit and non-profit.

Growing the HAT ecosystem is mostly about bringing new startups, partners, supporters, and advocates into the fold (though it is also about making it easier and more valuable for individual people to have HATs as well). Innovating on the HAT is specifically about helping Startups, and we have lots of partners and investors that we work with to make that as easy as possible.

Regulating the HAT ecosystem is about mutually certifying and supporting the businesses that build their infrastructure on the HAT, certifying them before they get issued on the HAT MarketSquare or Databuyer. Representing HAT applications and individual HAT owners is about championing all of our rights in this mutually-beneficial new infrastructure.


We’ve set up a number of initiatives to help promote the personal data economy, including a Foundation Group (a loose consortium of corporate supporters), and an Innovation ecosystem.

The HAT Foundation Group

A members-led, multidisciplinary advocacy group, the HAT Foundation Group is working to bring about the future of the digital economy, working together to change the way we all use the Internet. It acts as a coalition of interest, and grows its international membership from government, academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and charities, and from commerce and industry.

The Group is split into two separate ecosystems: the Innovation ecosystem and the live (or commercial) ecosystem. Innovation is about startups that aren’t (yet) in the MarketSquare, while the live ecosystem constitutes all of the approved, live apps that are already built on top of the HAT.

HAT Innovation

HAT Innovation was established by the HAT Community Foundation as a way supporting those technologies that have the most to gain from the new personal data economy. New businesses that are built on the HAT will be able to use its privacy-preserving data infrastructure to take on incumbent companies in almost every vertical sector. HAT Innovation is a way to encourage their success.

The program is aimed at pre-traction and early traction startups, and it helps them to develop a prototype and grow into their Seed Round of financing. Startups who join the programme are peer-mentored and given a dedicated advisor, while also being supported by the Partner organisations that are helping the HCF bring about the future of the Internet. Go to innovation.hubofallthings.com

What is the HAT?

Initially developed with £3m of Research Council UK (RCUK) and EPSRC funded projects, involving six of the UK’s foremost universities, HATs help the Internet exchange and trade personal data. They are ‘private data accounts’ that let you store your personal data for yourself within a database that is ‘wrapped’ with its own containerised microservices, so that you have full control, access and ownership of it. To learn more about the HAT, visit the home page at hubofallthings.com