Syracuse Tech Garden company wins $1 million prize

In January, six start up companies from Syracuse and around the country were picked to set up in the Tech Garden downtown, each one vying for the million dollar grand prize.

On Wednesday night in an almost game show fashion, a panel of judges listened to pitches, conferred secretly and then handed out the awards.

The first place winner, Automodality, captured the biggest award of $1 million. The company doesn’t drones— they rip them apart and imbed their software in these machines and resell them to clients.

The company's unique technology means no need for drone pilots, but allows these UAVs with a push of a button to fly safely within a meter of what’s being inspected, like a bridge or building.

Already, Automodality has meetings coming up in the next couple of weeks with the New York State DOT to talk about using their drone technology to inspect some of the state's 17,000 bridges.

The company plans to add 50 jobs in Syracuse by 2019.  The five other Genius New York companies were awarded a total of $1.75 million to continue their work.

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