Selected Projects

Gift Insights
Gift recommendations
Personal insurance
UVLens® Schools
National UV network
WTF is that?
Image recognition chatbot
Award winning sun safety app
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Spark 64 was founded in 2013 by Daniel Xu and Ming Cheuk (PhD students at the time), together with ICT veteran Richard McLean. The team formed after winning the Microsoft Imagine Cup with an idea to prevent skin cancer using wearable UV sensors and a mobile app. The team has since worked on multiple projects in AI, chatbots and mobile apps. The team has helped several global businesses build cutting edge technologies and new channels to customers.

Daniel Xu – CEO

Dan is an expert in wearable sensing technology where he completed his PhD working with StretchSense Ltd. He is the lead inventor of 3 licensed patents, a graduate of the Stanford Business School Ignite programme, a KiwiNet Emerging Innovator finalist and winner of the AMP award for people ‘doing their thing’. Dan also advises the University of Auckland’s Return on Science investment committee to deliver new research to market. He is the youngest person to be appointed chair.

Ming Cheuk – CTO

Ming graduated top of his class in Mechatronics Engineering before going on to complete a PhD working on instrumentation for studying live heart muscle tissue. His passion in software stemmed from his work in the Microsoft Student Accelerator program, where he helped develop the curriculum and train over 1500 tertiary students in the latest software technologies. He was also invited to the Microsoft Student Partner world summit, judge the Imagine Cup competition and has given talks at several conferences.

Richard McLean – Chairman

Richard is an experienced director and a specialist in the development of IP based global businesses. He has over 30 years of solid commercial experience and a passion for rapid growth and the creation of company value. Over time he has played an active role in the success of many New Zealand technology companies.