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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Bram Cohen

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Currently I am continuing development of BitTorrent, a file distribution system in widespread use. As I've done in the past, I'm working on making BitTorrent yet even more scalable and reliable.

I'm also working on Codeville, a still in development version control system. And I organise Codecon, an annual software conference.

Brief Biography

After studying programming his whole life, Bram moved to San Francisco in 1997 to experience the bay area software industry first-hand. Working as an employee in several doomed startups later, he decided to make a project of his own in 2001, with the only goal being to get widespread deployment, and no specific plans for either entepeneurial money or a day job on the horizon. BitTorrent finally got widespread adoption in 2003, and is now in used on millions of machines and uses up a significant fraction of all the traffic on the internet as a whole.