Young Australian of the Year nominee Taj Pabari is a secret Home and Away fan (and a really great social entrepreneur)

Taj Pabari

We recently sat down with nominee for Young Australian of the Year, Queensland Young Australian of the Year and Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion Taj Pabari.

In late 2014, Taj founded Fiftysix Creations, a build-it-yourself tablet and coding kit for kids that’s as easy as a puzzle and as fun as a computer game. @hellofiftysix also runs workshops in schools helping ignite the creative spark in all students.

Tell us the last television show you binged on?

Home and Away has been my favourite since primary school.

What were your thoughts when you won Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year award?

It truly was an honour. It showcased that young people all around Australia have the ability and opportunity to create change. It highlighted that age is just a number and with a passion and a bit of hard work, anything is possible.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far with @hellofiftysix ?

The biggest lesson I’ve learn with Fiftysix Creations is the fact that the best way of learning really is through doing. Learning through experimentation is so key in all aspects including team, impact and day-to-day operations. With starting a business, you end up becoming a jack of all trades as well — something that can help you in all aspects of life.

Why did you want to create a build-it-yourself tablet and coding kit for kids?

We think it’s so important for young people to create the technology they use, rather than just consume it.

What would you tell young Queenslanders hoping to follow in your footsteps?

The biggest risk in life is not taking one. Go out, live life, take a risk and enjoy it. Take the opportunity to set big, big goals, reflect on your goals and hey, you never know what’s around the corner.

What does innovation mean to you?

Innovation to me is all about pushing the human race forward. Creating change for a greater planet, for a greater civilisation for all people around the world.

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