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The HATLAB Sandbox

Welcome to the HATLAB Sandbox, an environment for innovative experimentation. Our designers, engineers, researchers and partners come together for some pretty awesome Research and Innovation projects in the HATLAB Sandbox for the purpose of Impact.


Route to Impact for Research and Innovation in the HAT ecosystem

Route to Impact for Research and Innovation in the HAT ecosystem

What is the HATLAB Sandbox

The HATLAB Sandbox is the environment of continuous Research and Innovation on HATs. The sandbox encompasses:

  • HATs that may contain experimental data or features. The HATs in the Sandbox could be deleted, updated or even be in-operational at any time.

  • Service APIs that interact with in-development Partner Applications. These service APIs may contain new features requested by our partners.

  • A Panels service to create panels of HAT owners for data collection and research (requires ethics approval)

Partners can make use of the Sandbox to familiarise themselves with APIs and Services of the HAT ecosystem. To sign up for the HATLAB Sandbox, please fill in the Partner Enrolment Form.


There is an old saying: "You can't learn swimming in a library". Markets, economic and business models, behaviours, perceptions and exchanges are much like swimming. Unless it's in a 'real environment' it is hard to study it. 

The HATLAB Sandbox is a sandbox for economic engineering, the engineering of new economic transactions, markets and exchange models, instead of a sandbox for merely technology. Being "TEBBI-enabled" means the sandbox has the necessary expertise and processes to bring together partners and participants for Technology, Economics, Business and Behavioural Innovation. Market players e.g. individuals and third-party companies are part of the sandbox so that behaviours, business models, economic transactions and potential markets can be studied and tested in a HAT-enabled environment.

This helps mitigate risks for organisations that wish to test different consumer behaviours and economic/business models that pertain to personal data, as well as for research projects that use the HATLAB sandboxes to create new artefacts.

Grant Projects in the HATLAB Sandbox: DROPS, ACCEPT, PRIVELT

Research and Innovate on the HAT

The first step to innovating in the HAT ecosystem is to read the documentation at the developers portal (if you are doing technical R&D) and register as a partner using the Partner Enrolment Form. All partners must be members of the HAT Community Foundation: Get a membership here.


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ECOSYSTEM Data Dashboard

The HAT ecosystem operates on API calls from HATs, Apps, Plugs and this data enables researchers to analyse the usage and volume of data  as well as the performance of the ecosystem. Our data dashboard gives an understanding of the state of the ecosystem.

Go to Dashboard (requires password)