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Break the rules, not the law. It is impossible to be original if you are too well behaved. Think outside the box and break some of the rules.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

About Taj Pabari

"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 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, a build-it-yourself tablet and creativity kit for kids. As easy as a puzzle, as fun as a computer game. The organisation also runs workshops in schools helping ignite the creative spark in all students, regardless of age, demographic or knowledge base. Fiftysix Creations is now affiliated with over one hundred schools 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 Young Australian of the Year - QLD. 

Taj was the Winner of The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014. He recently finished high school at Brisbane's John Paul College. When he is not chatting to students or 'working’ on his ventures, he divides his remaining time between tennis and travelling.


Taj's Role Models: Anthony Robbins, Donald Trump & Mark Zuckerberg.

Taj's Favourite Quote: "Break the rules, not the law. It is impossible to be original if you are too well behaved. Think outside the box and break some of the rules." Arnold Schwarzenegger.




Speaking Overview

Taj’s work around entrepreneurship, education and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) have led him to speak at a number of schools, conferences, festivals and corporate functions around the world. 

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  • 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 — Keynote Speaker (Aurukun)
  • Fiftysix x Eyre Futures — Keynote Speaker (Port Lincoln)
  • Next Generation Youth Forum — Keynote Speaker (Melbourne)
  • Fiftysix x Young Entrepreneurs Collective — Keynote Speaker (Cairns)
  • STEAMing AHEAD: Navigating a Digital Future  — Keynote Speaker (Adelaide)
  • FutureGen Conference — Keynote Speaker (Gold Coast)