DEMO DAY BEARS NEW IDEAS
Demo Day showing off innovations
TESS McGowan-Chan was three months pregnant when she was diagnosed with melanoma but she decided not to undergo chemotherapy in a bid to give her baby the best chance at life.
Just 11 months later, Tess passed away.
Her death in June 2012 inspired her brother Raphael McGowan to try and find a way to combat melanoma.
Mr McGowan raised funds for the Melanoma Institute Australia, he conducted research into social factors contributing to the problem and in January he left his job in Sydney to start working on a solution.
“I started doing some research into why people were getting sunburned,” Mr McGowan said.
“They didn’t like using sunscreen because it left their hands greasy, and they couldn’t reach parts of their back.”
What he came up with is bakslap, a sunscreen applicator for those hard-to-reach places.
“It’s 20cm in length and it has a replaceable sponge,” Mr McGowan said.
“It’s portable and can fit in your hand.”
While full-scale production of the sunscreen applicator is yet to commence, the design is already winning awards.
Bakslap placed first in the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast’s Tourism, Sport and Leisure Demo Day last week and Mr McGowan said he was glad for the support.
“I’m happy my passion and messaging was clear, it resonated with a lot of people,” he said.
“It was a wonderful moment for our family.”
Other innovations pitched at the event included SCRAP, an interactive online drama series based on the Sunshine Coast, and Cyclevision, a cycling helmet that allows a 320° view around the rider. Also on display was Wandspro, the world’s only clip-together camp crockery.
For more details about bakslap follow them on Instagram or visit innovationcentre.com.au.
It’s portable and can fit in your hand. — Raphael McGowan
SURVEY SAYS: Greasy hands and hard-to-reach places are about to be a thing of the past with the bakslap sunscreen applicator about to hit the market.