Swift Wrap is a compact glad wrap dispenser suitable for first aid kits to help burn victims. Lydia won $2000 prize money plus two weeks' invaluable work experience with Bluelab, Beca and Woods.
The Innovator and their Idea
Hi my name is Lydia Gilmour from Tauranga Girls' College and I am the creator of Swift Wrap. I came up with the idea after attending a St John's Ambulance first aid course - they told us how effective plastic food wrap is at treating burns. I remember thinking how impractical it would be to have a lanky roll of plastic food wrap in one of our little first aid kits at home and so I came up with the idea of a mini glad wrap dispenser specially designed for first aid kits.
The Internship and the Future
I was lucky enough to win a YiA scholarship which included a $2000 scholarship and two weeks of work experience with top businesses in the Bay of Plenty to develop my idea. I spent the first week at Bluelab and Beca Tauranga and the second at Woods.
Researching and developing my idea further was a heap of fun and I was stoked how much ground we managed to cover in such a short time. The fact that I was treated with so much respect by every one in the workplace made the experience even more enjoyable, plus how everyone so keen to help me progress my idea forward.
YiA has solidified my decision to pursue engineering at Waikato University this year. I am so excited to continue to use innovation to help people whilst improving sustainability. I'd love to continue working on Afterburnz and am exploring my options.
The problem was well defined. Research was undertaken through St John's Ambulance, internet research and talking to adults. Innovation went beyond the size of the roll to a magnetic system that allowed the wrap to remain bacteria free and as accessible as possible. Sustainability was considered through materials, manufacturing and disposal and reuse. In summary, thorough research was undertaken and while the idea appeared simple at first, the problem was well communicated and the possible solutions were well researched.
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