About HATDeX

HAT Data Exchange Ltd’s (HATDeX) is a social enterprise with a mission to promote the growth of a global network of HATs and HAT data exchanges.

HATDeX operates under licence from the HAT Community Foundation, a members’ organisation that sets the top-level requirements for the trust framework. HATDeX and HATCF together form the ‘HAT Foundation’ acting in the community interest to regulate, grow and manage the HAT user communities worldwide.

HATDEX as the operator of the HAT Ecosystem is responsible for operating and managing the Ecosystem by:

  • ensuring that services on the Ecosystem are interoperable between all HATs
  • ensuring data exchanges between all entities in the ecosystem are speedy, secure and smooth
  • providing metadata services to grow and facilitate data exchanges
  • Being a HPP as the ‘best practice’ implementation of the Baseline Technology, supported by the Rumpel® HAT Dashboard and MarketSquare™ exchange platform, and provisioning HATs (HATDeX HATs) through HAT-as-a-Service
  • Creating new cross application functionalities, data exchanges, data repositories, views, analysis and intelligence for HAT users (the ‘blended’ apps)
  • Maintaining and updating the open sourced HAT baseline technology (‘Baseline Technology’)

HAT Database Schema — a specification and logic, including a taxonomy for organising all types of personal and publicly available data into a single, coherent data scheme
HAT API (Application Programming Interface) — is the set of routines, protocols, and tools for building Apps on the HAT personal data platform, including APIs for inbound data (for data sources) outbound data and for data management
HAT Inbound Data Plugs — are routines and protocols to allow inbound data into the HAT personal data platform
HAT Dashboard — is a native App that facilitates the organisation and visualisation of data held on a HAT personal data platform.


Our Management Team


Paul Tasker, Chief Executive

Having worked in engineering leadership positions in a number of defence organisations, Paul has more recently being involved in helping industry to pull applied research into practice (and academics to push!) particularly in the field of engineering services. He is a visiting professor at the University of Kent and Cranfield University. Until late 2015 he was Independent Chair of WMG’s Industry Advisory Board for the HAT Project before becoming a co-founder and director of HATDeX.

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Xiao Ma, Chief Technology Officer

Xiao is a hybrid of an academic and an entreprenuer. Prior to co-founding HATDeX, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the HAT research project, since he joined research team as the Senior Reserach Fellow in Digital Innovation at WMG, Univeristy of Warwick. He runs an internatonal business consultancy specialised in new technology adoption, international marketing and business model innovation. He holds the prestigious status of an overseas expert under China’s ‘1000 Plan’ programme.

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Andrius Aucinas, Head of Engineering

Andrius has recently fast-tracked through Bachelors and PhD at the University of Cambridge and worked with R&D of some of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world, including Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica. Driven by his love for education Andrius co-founded the Cambridge Coding Academy to help everyone learn the skills. He joined the HAT Project as a post-doctoral researcher at WMG, University of Warwick, and became a co-founder and the Head of Engineering for HATDeX, leading a highly-skilled team in building the technology for the HAT.

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Irene Ng, Chairman and Chief Economist

Irene Ng is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at WMG, University of Warwick. She is also a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. 15 years an entrepreneur and 15 years as an academic, Irene is passionate about the link between practice and research. She is an advisor to startups on new financial and economic models in digital businesses and also one of the 5 thought leaders for ESRC/InnovateUK Innovation Caucus (http://innovationcaucus.co.uk/).
Website at www.ireneng.com