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Canandaigua drone company scores $250K in Genius NY awards

SkyOp, a Canandaigua-based company that teaches people how to fly drones, did not win the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY competition.

That check was presented to AutoModality, a San Rafael, California-founded company whose technology allows drones to conduct close-up inspection of bridges, buildings and other structures.

Nonetheless, SkyOp co-founders Brian Pitre and Dan Albert are smiling a lot these days.

That’s because this was a win-win competition, with each of the six companies— selected from 250 around the country to take part in the Empire State Development (ESD)-funded competition — guaranteed at least $250,000.

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