Meet the kid who’s making the LEGO of the 21st century
Taj Pabari is one mighty impressive 16 year-old.
Like most 16 year-olds he’s currently a high school student, but unlike most, he’s also the co-funder and chief executive of Fiftysix, his own software company that employs twenty staff around the world!
Fiftysix is a company that’s dedicated to building hardware and teaching programming to young people all over the world. Their main product, the Fiftysix Tablet Kit, is a build-it-yourself tablet and coding kit for kids, which has been dubbed the LEGO of the 21st Century.
Taj told Sunrise,
“As a child I absolutely loved LEGO and I loved my technology and I thought, hey, why not put the two together to create the LEGO of the 21st Century? And the result was Fiftysix, a tablet that children can put together, they can program a game for it, and pitch an idea and potentially start their own businesses as well.”
What’s most impressive about this very impressive young man, is that his company is helping to bring tech skills to kids in some of the most remote areas in Australia, as well as disadvantaged kids in developing countries like Nepal.
During outreach tours, the team at Fiftysix give away their tablets and teach kids all about hardware, software and introduce them to coding.
“Our goal was to provide world-class educational opportunities to kids in some of Australia’s most rural communities. We started by teaching the students how tablet technology works, from the motherboard all the way to the camera.”
But just how does a 16 year-old fit in all of these achievements while still attending high school?
He gets up at 4am each and every day in order to hold meetings with his international team and deal with business issues, before he pulls on his school uniform and heads off to school. #impressed.
What’s the most impressive thing you did at 16 years old?
Who else is feeling totes inadequate right now?