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Ateli Iyalla ’06CC and ’10SPS and Terry Lee ’13SIPA founded Bluenumber with Puvan Selvanathan out of the belief that making better things happen means having people telling the world exactly who they are, where they are, what they do, what they need, and what they want.

A bluenumber is a unique number that identifies people, organisations, places, and things. This means that any person anywhere on the planet can now have a digital identity and can connect to systems and organizations to be recognized and receive access to services and benefits. Shared data can also give insights into managing solving global development and commercial problems, so governments and businesses can use bluenumber data to make policy and procurement decisions.

Bluenumber seeks to create a global, public registry that aggregates never-before collected data on individuals who wish to be included in global systems. To learn more, visit