The idea of a build-it-yourself tablet was pitched by Taj Pabari at the Gold Coast Startup Weekend in 2013. He didn’t win because the crowdfunding campaign raised more money than the prize itself. Thanks very much Aaron Birkby and Silicon Lakes for supporting the start of Fiftysix Creations.
The very first prototype of the Fiftysix Tablet Kit is designed and manufactured in Shenzhen, China. It was just a TAD un-attractive. We began meeting many, many investors – Taj and Luke managed to get a meeting with Steve Baxter at his office in Fortitude Valley. He absolutely hated the idea. It sure gave us the motivation to build something amazing!
Taj and Ben meet Steve Macdonald at Belle Époque Patisserie at The Emporium in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Steve makes an offer to invest into the future of Fiftysix Creations.
Our very first ‘tablet’ shipment arrives into the country via Sea Mail (It took 6 to 8 Weeks to Arrive). The contents of the package was very different… we stored all of our new television sets in Taj’s parents’ basement!
Taj travels to India and Nepal on a service trip with his school friends. They visit local schools and orphanages teaching the students in the orphanages and schools about the wonders of the digital economy.
We finally have a ready and working prototype. Taj wins The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014.
We welcome our very first Fiftysix Creations Advisor, Professor John Hedberg. Professor of ICT and Executive Director at The Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre.
Taj and Ben meet Jock Fairweather at TEDxSouthbank. The Director of Little Tokyo Two and soon to be Fiftysix Creations Advisor.
Taj is selected as one of the Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). The program was open to adults aged between 18 to 29. Taj was 15 (oops). The Growing Fiftysix Creations Team also win the PwC Australia & Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) Pitch Prize. They use the $10,000 prize money to donate tablets to indigenous youth in Regional Victoria. Taj, John, Bodhi (our new videographer) and Sreeta (Taj’s Mum) go on our very first tour!!
Isuru Wanasinghe joins the Fiftysix Creations Family as Chief Creative Officer in Sydney. Isuru & Taj decide to wake up and begin their day at 4:00am every single morning!
Our very first bulk shipment of tablet computers successfully arrive into the country. We manually open up the tablet computers, replace the casing, modify the motherboards and package in the basement.
We make the necessary changes to our prototypes and begin shipping our pre-orders to our customers. We also begin running incursion style workshops in schools.
Taj hops on Sunrise on Channel Seven with David Koch and Samantha Armytage for a LIVE cross from Little Tokyo Two in Spring Hill. It was a pretty incredible experience!
Ali Smith from 60 Minutes Australia gets in touch with Taj in February 2016 to discuss a story she has been working on. The interview with Liz Hayes at Fiftysix Creations in Sydney goes LIVE around Australia and New Zealand in July 2016.
Fiftysix Creations run computer science and creativity workshops with the Queensland Government at The Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) . The Hon Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy pops by. Our Office Manager, then Classroom Coach, Tia Niarhos joins the Fiftysix Creations Family!
Taj was awarded the 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year by Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and the National Australia Day Council (NADC). He had to come back from Schoolies to attend the award ceremony at Customs House in Brisbane. Fiftysix Creations partnered up with MYOB – they flew Taj to Hong Kong to appear in their television and print advertising campaign. Our Lead Classroom Coach, Jarrod Stevenson joined the Fiftysix Creations Family!
Taj, Tia and Shanni hopped on a plane to Melbourne to run workshops at Carey Baptist Grammar College and Melbourne Girls College. They missed their first flight due to Taj and Jarrod taking forever to finish lunch. We also sent tablets to an orphanage in Kenya. We welcomed our new Opportunities Manager, Shannon Fleming into the Fiftysix Creations Family as well.
Taj and Josh receive the keys to our new Fiftysix Creations Office at Suite 9, 143-145 Charlotte Street in Brisbane City. The days of working out of a small room within another office are gone. We run a workshop at St John’s Anglican College and send tablets to our first school in Florida, Sabel Park Elementary School. Taj left for New York at the end of the month. We also welcomed Manu and Sohil into the Fiftysix Creations Family to begin our Sydney Schools Expansion!
Taj literally bumps into his coach and role-model, Anthony Robbins in the Flatiron District in New York. This picture ended up across all of Tony’s Social Media Channels too. Back in Australia, the Fiftysix Creations Family conduct tours to Aurukun, Port Lincoln and Cairns.
Taj and Tia travel to Sydney for a couple of days. Fiftysix Creations win the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Program presented by David Lindberg, Chief Executive of Westpac’s Business Bank. The prize included a $100,000 Package, Global Study Tour and Mentoring from the Chief Executive of The Big Issue.
Fiftysix Creations partner up with Tara Diversi’s Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP) in Cairns, Australia. Taj, Tia and Emily inspire thousands of students across the region running workshops and interactive presentations!
Business Camp by Fiftysix Creations was launched at Queensland’s Innovation Hub, The Precinct. Our Special Guest Mentors included Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, WBO World Welterweight Champion, Jeff Horn and Former Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman. We also conducted regional tours across Longreach, Mount Isa, Birdsville, Bedourie, Cloncurry, Aramac and Winton.
Our Distinctive Fiftysix Creations Black Tee was officially retired. We started 2018 with a new Fiftysix Creations Bright Red Tee. We also said a final goodbye to the Fiftysix Creations Tablet Kit.
Fiftysix Creations unveiled our 2018 Schools Program focusing on teaching young people about business and social entrepreneurship skills. We partnered up with the Queensland Government to visit and inspire students in communities affected by Cyclone Debbie.
The Premier of Queensland and Taj Pabari go LIVE with The Today Show to discuss cyberbullying. Taj was appointed to the Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce by the Premier following.
Our Lead Classroom Coach, Jacob Stemp, ran all of our Business Camp Programs around Australia. Over the course of the Easter School Holiday, we worked with a total of 902 students across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Logan and Cairns.
Taj and Tia receive the keys to our new Fiftysix Creations Home on Level 28, 10 Eagle Street, Brisbane City. After a very long search, we end up in Brisbane’s First Skyscraper ‘The Gold Tower’ facing the Story Bridge. From exposed brick and no windows, to all glass, it’s been a unique change of scenery!
We had our biggest month ever. Business Camp Launched in Auckland, New Zealand with our Friends at MYOB. Jacob ran Business Camp in Melbourne and Sydney, Zara in Brisbane and Taj in Auckland. The Minister for Education was a Guest Judge in Brisbane. We also had a heap of school workshops with Ipswich Junior Girls Grammar, The Springfield Anglican College, The Southport School, St John’s Anglican College, Cavendish Road State High School, Canterbury College and John Paul College.
The Deputy Mayor of Brisbane joined us for Business Camp in Brisbane. It was a wonderful evening at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where we heard from just under 50 young people pitching away. Deputy Mayor Schrinner was certainly very impressed!