Syracuse to Benefit from $1-million GENIUS NY Competition Grand Prize – WSYR

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Five companies from around the world have now settled into Syracuse’s Tech Garden for the next GENIUS NY competition.

The companies come from as far away as Australia, England and Seattle and as close as New York City and Syracuse.

The program, supported by Empire State Development Corporation, will invest more than $3 million in the companies. This makes GENIUS NY the largest business accelerator competition for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry in the world.

This year’s competition stretches the boundaries to include big data and IoT companies that are used by the UAS industry.

Eget Liber (Syracuse, New York): Eget Liber uses an autonomous, semi-submersible remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), to mitigate the life-cycle of cyanobacterium, also known as blue-green algae, in freshwater lakes. The ROV is designed to receive command coordinates from an aerial drone, which is configured to identify algae blooms via spectral analysis.

Founder Jason Dean just resigned as a local school teacher to devote his time to the company. “I had to teach at the same time, work part-time in the shop developing the project, money and resources were limited so being a finalist now in GENIUS NY competition allows me to just focus on the project itself.”

Geopipe (New York, New York): Geopipe creates instant, immersive virtual copies of real cities for gaming, simulation and architecture. Their machine learning algorithms generate 3D maps and models with every tree, building, road and window labeled and realistically reproduced. These images are then licensed monthly, annually or via revenue sharing.

Co-Founder Dr. Christopher Mitchell tells …