The greatest threat to the Internet economy is fear

We believe there is another way. Consumer confidence in Internet Services is falling. Businesses want to learn more about their customers but there are increasing privacy concerns around the data they hold. With more connected devices, the risk of personal data exposure grows. Fear and distrust is slowly poisoning interactions on the Internet.

Our Mission

To grow the HAT ecosystem enabling individuals and HAT-enabled organisations to exchange data with privacy and security by implementing global operating standards for personal data exchange so that the Internet economy can thrive for the betterment of society

(Learn about the HAT here)

Our Services

For Individuals

We aim to give all individuals their own HATs: a personal data store owned by individuals themselves to allow them to collect, organise, use and exchange personal data securely and with ease-of-use. Individuals can use and re-use their data to fill in forms, post on social media, exchange their personal data for quotations and personalised offers. They should be free to choose their own trusted HAT provider, all of whom have been certified by the HAT Community Foundation. Read More

For Private Exchanges

We created the Rumpel® HAT dashboard to show how users can organise, control and share their data easily. They can also buy services to analyse and use their own data privately. We help organisations share the data they hold of their customers back to their customers' HATs (through universal data plugs) and earn the trust of their customers. Finally, we built the private HAT2HAT technology where private communications between HATs would not need to expose the data to third parties (coming soon). Read More

For Market Exchanges

We built the MarketSquare™ Engine to help Data Shoppers such as survey companies, research organisations and marketing companies build front end services to exchange data with individual HATs. We help individuals store all the data they use to fill in surveys and forms on their HAT for re-use and re-sharing. Read More

For Organisations

We built the Milliner™ service to help organisations provision HATs from their own cloud infrastructure and to become trusted HAT service providers. We help developers build personal data apps for customers with only one set of HAT APIs whilst having access to more personal data sets in a way that preserves privacy. This reduces complexity at the back end and firms can have a direct relationship with customers instead of with whoever is holding their data. Read More

What we do


We build services such as Rumpel® and MarketSquare™ to facilitate automatic commercial data exchanges and non-commercial data exchanges and help the ecosystem grow so that HATTERs, HAPs and HSPs will benefit from the network effects.


We help ensure seamless interoperability between all HAT®s, HAT® Service Providers and HAT® Application Providers. We do this by building meta data services such as HAT® data collection, analyses, aggregation; as well as developing bots and analytical tools.

ID and Exchange Management

We issue global unique HAT® IDs for all HATTERs via their HAT® Providers worldwide and we receive the log for all HAT® API activity to ensure speedy, secure and smooth data exchanges.


We help organizations to integrate containerised HATs into their cloud infrastructure and to become HAT Service Providers. We assist Internet apps to use HATs APIs and take advantage of the access to multiple data sets. We provision HATS-as-a-service or HATs-on-Demand if required.


We maintain and update the open source baseline technology for HAT® schema, logic and APIs, as well as for web Rumpel® and Rumpel® iOS. We work with the open source community to develop new applications that would be useful to all HATTERs and organisations.

Thought Leadership and Consultancy

We assist organizations and policy holders with personal data challenges and help grow the understanding of the value of personal data empowerment and freedom for the economy and society.

Our Management Founders

Irene Ng Chairman & Chief Economist,
Irene Ng Chairman & Chief Economist, Economic/Business Models; Product Design; Ecosystem design; Strategy; Marketing
Paul Tasker Chief Executive,
Paul Tasker Chief Executive, Legal; Finance; Operations
Andrius Aucinas Head of Engineering,
Andrius Aucinas Head of Engineering, Software Engineering; Systems; Optimization
Xiao Ma Chief Technology Officer,
Xiao Ma Chief Technology Officer, Technology Management & Planning; Business Development  

What others say

Financial Times

“If the HAT project’s model of data as a form of currency comes to pass, it will represent a turning point for businesses that have so far been helping themselves.”

Digital Catapult

“This HAT project has the potential to redefine the way that the Internet works. It’s a true breakthrough movement.”


“The platform allows the effective brokering, exchanging or monetising of personal data to benefit individuals, giving individuals a voice in the commercial world.” 


“With the dawn of the Internet of Things, it’s time to take control of our connected lives and start benefiting from the new data rules. May be its now time to put The HAT on!!!”

1700000 Supporting grant £
1626 Community size
54839 £ Raised on Indiegogo
42 Community investors
12 Months since birth
12 Team size
8 Founders
6 Founders with PhDs
27 Age of youngest founder
60 Age of oldest founder
5 HAT Providers in 2017
2300000 £ New HAT research in 2017

Our Recent Posts

  • HAT Data Browser v2.0 ‘Rumpel’ available on the app store and online
    8th February 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    8 Feb 2017: The Hub of All Things (HAT) today announced the release of version 2.0 of its Data Browser, ‘Rumpel’. Rumpel is the private dashboard for users’ HAT data, allowing HAT personal data store customers view and manage their personal information, whilst providing a valuable case study for the viability of the HAT’s privacy-preserving

  • Reaching Normality
    6th February 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    For the longest time, the HAT has talked about personal data stores — monetising our data, exchanging our data, owning our data, and controlling our data. But there’s a problem. Every personal data store is always asked, whether by potential customers, investors, or analysts, to be built around a use case. Sure. We get that.

  • Noggin, HATDeX to bring personal data monetization to Singapore
    6th February 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Noggin, HATDeX to bring personal data monetization to Singapore   6 Feb 2017, 0945hrs: In an MOU signed earlier this week, HATDeX and Noggin Asia have formalized their plans for a service provider relationship that will bring HAT technology to Singapore. Noggin will work with HATDeX to create a new personal data

  • B.heard champions personal data empowerment as new HAT provider
    24th January 2017 / 1 Comment / Uncategorised

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     24 Jan 2017, 1745hrs: In an MOU signed today, The HAT Foundation is pleased to announce that B.heard, the consumer champion platform that collects and actions public opinion, will become the latest organisation to start using HATs to give its customers transparency over the full information that companies have on

  • A new data infrastructure for personal data exchanges
    24th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    Privacy could be unworkable. One of the paradoxes of a privacy-preserving data exchange is that users can be private to the point that the exchange is unworkable. The analogy goes like this: think of your HAT as a private cabin in the woods. You get your privacy, but if you do not have a way of

  • HATDeX – A Review of the Year 2016
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    What a year this has been. Back in February, when the HAT project ended, and was passed from the 6 Universities to the HAT Foundation, we knew that translating 6 briefing papers, developing the tech and implementing the design principles into an actual ecosystem was going to be a challenge of huge proportions. 2016 was

  • What do I do with my HAT?
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    So you’ve got your HAT, what do you do now? I thought I’ll pen a few notes to help you get started. First thing I did was to go to Rumpel, my private dashboard. On the top corner, you will see ‘New to Rumpel’. Click on it and it will give you an overview of

  • The NextGen Digital Challenge Awards
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    As you may have seen from our delighted Social Media posts recently, HAT has received recent accolades in the form of the O2 NextGen Digital Challenge awards. The awards was accompanied by a fantastic evening in the company of the upcoming experts in the digital field. The categories for the evening including Digital Healthcare, Economic

  • HATDeX Business Solutions
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    Organisations store and use a lot of personal data. This is necessary, because providing customers with services will inevitably result in the creation of the data. However, this comes with risks as well, because they would need to secure it and ensure it is private. These risks are not only costly, they also result in

  • EPSRC Press Release
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    Revolutionary web browser lets you lead a smarter life when you get a HAT View the article on the EPSRC site here   RUMPEL, a ground-breaking hyperdata web browser that makes it simpler for people to access and use online data about themselves, is being rolled out to the public this month.   RUMPEL gives

  • Beta Release of HATs, Rumpel and MarketSquare
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    We are pleased to release HATs with Rumpel™ and MarketSquare™ today for testing by the beta community. If you have purchased an instant beta HAT, or signed up as a HAT beta user, you should have received an invitation code to sign up here (click here to know why do you need

  • HATDeX Economic and Revenue Model
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    HATDeX is tasked to manage and grow the HAT ecosystem. We are very clear that we must align our economic incentives with that of HAT users so that the more they benefit, the more we do. Since individuals benefit in ways that are also non financial (eg sharing things), we must also ensure that free

  • Oh, what a launch night!
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    On the 16th of February the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) hosted a fantastic evening in The Shard, one of London’s most illustrious venues, to mark WMG’s handover of the HAT to the HAT Foundation and The HATDeX.   The night bagan with enjoyable Networking between the HAT team, those interested in the project and those

  • Grab Your Data
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    Signup and grab your HAT personal data manager today! Today’s world of connected things and connected people is propelling us towards the Internet-of-Everything. But is it really giving us better organisation and coordination of our lived lives1. No, not really. Because we can’t actually connect our data nor look at it all together. Only

  • Customer Data – A Burning Platform
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    Be an early adopter of HAT – contact HATDeX! or email Lots of data opportunities going wasted The IoT isn’t smart. The advent of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in today’s world of connected things and connected people has made it possible for firms to harvest lots of real-time customer data – information from people

  • Why your data must be yours
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    In modern society our data seems almost ethereal. It is a mysterious cloud of one’s and zero’s that pickpockets our phones and processes it to pinch our personality, prying through our private conversations, with enough vigor to promote paranoia… okay. I’ll go easy on the alliteration. But this data dystopia (sorry) we’ve found ourselves in

  • We are live!!!!!!
    13th January 2017 / No Comments » / Uncategorised

    PRESS RELEASE: The HAT Foundation launches Crowdfunding Campaign to help individuals take control of their digital lives and claim back their data from corporations. TUES, Feb 16 – The HAT Foundation has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to mobilise a social movement to put the power of the internet back into individual hands. Link to

  • Welcome to HATDeX
    13th January 2017 / 1 Comment / Uncategorised

    Welcome to HATDeX, watch this space for new information.

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