This month we caught up with Dave Pons who launched his product Ceiling in a Can at the Better Living Challenge showcase last year.
Ceiling in a Can is a DIY insulating ceiling that that can be used in small houses or shacks. It’s easy to transport, costs half the price of other competitive ceilings, and also offers job creation opportunities in low-income communities.
What learning experiences from the BLC have you found particularly useful?
Our aim was for consumers to see the product and to give feedback. That is exactly what happened! Each section of the exhibition had a dedicated information guide to help the public find their way around, so once a person was interested in our product there was no stopping of the info flow! It was also great to mix with the other exhibitors and create like-minded networks. I was amazed at their innovations.
What have you and your business/project been up to since the BLC?
There was a lot of interest and feedback from BLC 2014 which developed into awards and resulted in funding. Here are some of Ceiling in a Can’s achievements since the showcase:
Tell us more about your product’s impact on improving people’s living conditions
It’s difficult to measure all the life changes that Ceiling in a Can has made because poor people don’t have a voice nor do they have an audience. We are helping them by providing insulated and waterproof ceilings for shack houses. They are now cooler in summer and warmer in winter. That is enough to measure success!