Technology pioneers

The World Economic Forum recently named the 29 com-panies it brands 'technology pioneers' for creating innovative technologies with a potential long-term impact on business and society.

The 2005 winners, chosen by major venture capital and technology companies, includ-ed companies working on anti-terrorism software and treatments for cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The WEF believes these pioneers have focused on four major trends: Global demographic shifts, an impending energy crunch, mobile devices and greater security concerns.

Local pioneers

The only 'local' winner was Sydney-based cap-XX, which designs and makes 'supercapacitors' for use in high-power energy storage devices for use in portable electronic devices.

Previous winners include Cambridge Silicon Radio, Google and Napster.

The United States had the most pioneers - 21.