"From suspended schoolboy to educational pioneer. Taj Pabari is living proof that anyone with determination and passion can change the world."
Taj Pabari is a seventeen-year-old inventor, social entrepreneur and educational pioneer passionate about inspiring to children discover and embrace the world of creativity through technology and innovation.
Taj has always been captivated by the world of business. From informally selling items during his free time and lunch breaks, he made his official entrepreneurial debut at the age of eleven, when he founded his first business, an electronic blogging site for children, by children. 300 articles later, the site was sold and was an inspiration behind starting his next venture.
In late 2014, Taj founded a social enterprise called, Fiftysix Creations: Australia's #1 STEM and Entrepreneurship Workshop Provider. Fiftysix Creations run workshops in schools and during school holidays teaching young people about the world of computer science, creativity and entrepreneurship. Fiftysix Creations is now affiliated with over 100 schools and together with partners, have educated over 100,000 students internationally.
To date, Taj has had his work and story featured by National Geographic, 60 Minutes, ABC, Sky News, Sunrise, CNBC, The Australian, Channel Seven, Channel Nine and Channel Ten. He is also the 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year.
Taj was the Winner of The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014. When Taj is not 'working’ on his ventures, he divides his remaining time between tennis and travelling.
Previous Speaking Engagements
TEDxUQ ‘Rewrite the Rules’ — Keynote Speaker
Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘Unleashed Festival’ — Keynote Speaker & Panel Guest
Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘$20 Boss Awards’ — Keynote Speaker
PwC Australia ‘Creating Australia's Future Innovators’ — Panel Guest
Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘Strategy Launch’ — Keynote Speaker
The Nexus Youth Summit ‘Social Innovation’ — Panel Guest
Global Education Forum — Keynote Speaker
Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit — Panel Guest
STEMed Festival — Keynote Speaker
EduTECH Australia ‘International Leaders Congress’ — Keynote Speaker & Panel Guest
Pearson Education Executive Function — Keynote Speaker & Panel Guest
Griffith University ‘Queensland Digital Technologies Summit’ — Keynote Speaker
Young Engineers Brisbane Launch — Keynote Speaker
Future Land Force Conference — Keynote Speaker
TEDxIpswich 'Anything is Possible' — Keynote Speaker
City of Playford 'Smart Cities' — Keynote Speaker
QUT Real World Futures — Keynote Speaker & Panel Guest
iPadpalooza Conference — Keynote Speaker
Executive Elite Breakfast — Keynote Speaker
West Moreton Teacher Education Conference — Keynote Speaker
Pearson Education Roundtable Discussion — Panel Guest
World Science Festival Launch — Keynote Speaker
STEMx Conference — Keynote Speaker
World Science Festival — Panel Guest (Brisbane)
STEM Symposium — Keynote Speaker (Sydney)
Community of Schools STEM Conference — Keynote Speaker (Sydney)
Fiftysix x Advance Queensland — Workshop Facilitator (Aurukun)
Fiftysix x Eyre Futures — Workshop Facilitator (Port Lincoln)
P&C South Meeting — Keynote Speaker (Brisbane)
Next Generation Youth Forum — Workshop Facilitator (Melbourne)
Fiftysix x Young Entrepreneurs Project — Workshop Facilitator (Cairns)
Fiftysix x Advance Queensland — Workshop Facilitator (Longreach)
T21 Conference — Keynote Speaker (Gold Coast)
Kids STEM Convention — Keynote Speaker (Brisbane)
EdTech SA: Navigating a Digital Future — Keynote Speaker (Adelaide)
National Science Week: Western Australia Tour — Keynote Speaker (Perth)
National Science Week: Northern Territory Tour — Keynote Speaker (Darwin)