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HomeminewsoDocs Eye Care Finalist for Spark 5G Starter Fund

oDocs Eye Care Finalist for Spark 5G Starter Fund

Dunedin based social enterprise oDocs Eye Care is in the running to win funding and technical support from New Zealand’s  inaugural Spark 5G Starter Fund.

The medical technology innovator is one of eight finalists chosen from more than 200 submissions. If it becomes one of the four winners, it will direct its share of the prize pool to materialising its latest concept – a free teleophthalmology platform developed in collaboration with MedicMind.

The system is designed in New Zealand for the world, with a mission to end preventable blindness

The Spark 5G Starter Fund invites submissions for unique, insightful ways to apply technology to address modern-day problems spanning four categories:

  • Next Gen Health – 5G solutions that enable a step forward for the health and wellness of all New Zealanders.
  • Good for New Zealand – 5G-enabled solutions that improve the lives of Kiwis or build a more sustainable New Zealand.
  • Industry Disruptors – 5G-enabled technology that will fundamentally change the way New Zealanders live, work and play, and
  • Immersive Experiences – 5G-enabled technology that offers new sensory educational or entertainment experiences.

Spark NZ intends the financial and mentoring support provided to winners will help “bring their 5G solution to life to solve real customer problems, create new business models and revolutionise industries”.

In a statement oDocs Eye Care said, “With Spark’s Starter Fund to inaugurate and materialise our project, we believe oDocs Eye Care will make a powerful impact in your lives. With our disruptive innovation, we aim to deliver better eye care solutions for both care providers and patients.”

Using 5G technology, oDocs Eye Care’s teleophthalmology platform enables remote consultations and education, including tele-retinal and tele-slit lamp examination; and a deep learning development platform using artificial intelligence to empower clinical diagnoses.

“You will be able to send, receive and/ or store high-quality retinal images and videos through your devices in a timely manner. It supports a multidisciplinary team to serve a wider group of the population, including those living in rural areas,” the statement said.

“It is a cost effective solution for all, saving time and travel cost. Spark 5G technology will enhance your experience to provide efficient and effective eye care through our free and secure teleophthalmology platform.”

The teleophthalmology platform, provided by MedicMind and oDocs Eye Care New Zealand is free to use. The system is designed in New Zealand for the world, with a mission to end preventable blindness.


The four winners will be announced by Spark on 28 October 2020 and will share in NZ$625,000 worth of prizes. On top of the inaugural fund, the four winners will each have access to the Spark 5G Co-Lab and benefit from 5G tech support and business mentoring by Spark and the judges over four months, as they strive to take their proof of concept to minimal viable product  stage.


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