15 November 2013
The idea of a build-it-yourself tablet was pitched by Taj at Startup Weekend 2013. He didn't win because his crowdfunding campaign raised more funds than the prize itself (LOL)! A heartfelt thank you goes to Aaron Birkby and Silicon Lakes!
15 June 2014
The first prototype of the Fiftysix Tablet Kit is designed and manufactured using 3D printers.
24 August 2014
Taj and Ben meet Steve Macdonald in Brisbane City. Steve invests into Fiftysix Creations - the excitement was crazy!!
1 September 2014
Our very first supposed 'tablet' shipment arrives into the country. The contents of the package was very different... we stored it all in Taj's basement!
28 September 2014
Taj travels to India and Nepal on a service trip with his friends. They visit local schools and orphanages playing games and teaching students about literacy and numeracy.
15 November 2014
Taj wins The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014.
11 December 2014
We officially became incorporated as 'Fifty Six Creations Pty Ltd'. In numerology, the numbers '56' mean providing youth with new opportunities. Jonno (COO) and Max (CTO) join the Fiftysix Fam!
16 December 2014
Taj, Jonno, Max and Steve travel to Sydney and welcome our very first Fiftysix Advisor, Professor John Hedberg. Professor of ICT and Executive Director at The Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre.
24 February 2015
Taj and Ben (Former COO) meet Jock Fairweather at TEDxSouthbank. The Founder of Little Tokyo Two and soon to be Fiftysix Advisor.
25 April 2015
Taj is selected as one of the top 50 social entrepreneurs by the Foundation for Young Australians. The program was open to people aged 18 to 29. Taj was 15 (oops). Thanks Team FYA!
15 June 2015
Isuru Wanasinghe joins the Fiftysix Family as Chief Creative Officer in Sydney. Isuru & Taj decide to wake up at 4:00am every single morning (amazing right)!!
18 September 2015
Our very first bulk shipment of tablets successfully arrive. Our first shipment turned out to be television sets. Thankfully we received tablets this time... yay!!
22 September 2015
The Fiftysix Team win the PwC Australia & Foundation for Young Australian's PitchUp. They use the prize money to donate tablets to indigenous students in Rural Victoria. Taj, John, Bodhi (our new videographer) and Sreeta (Taj's Mum) go on the trip!! :)
15 January 2016
The Fiftysix Classic Kit is designed, developed and shipped to Australia. We open pre-orders.
26 February 2016
Taj hops onto Sunrise on Channel Seven with David Koch and Samantha Armytage for a LIVE cross!
15 April 2016
The Fiftysix Family conducts a workshop tour around Rural April with Advance Queensland. They visit over ten locations and work with nearly one thousand students!
15 June 2016
The Fiftysix Family conducts a workshop tour around Rural Mackay and Bowen with Advance Queensland.
8 July 2016
Ali Smith from 60 Minutes Australia gets in touch with Taj in February 2016. His interview with Liz Hayes at our Fiftysix Space in Sydney goes LIVE in July - we were EXCITED!!
1 August 2016
Fiftysix run computer science and robotics workshops at the EKKA. We also start running workshops in schools. Our Assistant Administrator and Workshop Facilitator, Tia Niarhos joins the Fiftysix Family as well!
10 September 2016
Our Opportunity Workshop Tour Month. We started in Sydney, flew to Melbourne, Adelaide and finished in Brisbane. In Brisbane, we ran workshops at QUT, Hillcrest College, Benowa State School and Elanora State School. We welcomed our Project Officer, Jarrod Stevenson into the Fiftysix Family as well.
1 November 2016
Taj was awarded the 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the year. Fiftysix partnered up with MYOB. Taj flew to Hong Kong to be part of their latest advertisement and the Fiftysix Family ran workshops at Milton State School and Runcorn State High School.
10 December 2016
The Fiftysix Fam hopped on a plane to Melbourne to run workshops at Carey Baptist Grammar College and Melbourne Girls College. We also sent tablets to an orphanage in Kenya! We welcomed our new Opportunities Manager, Shannon Fleming into the Fiftysix Family as well.
1 January 2017
Taj receives the keys to our new office on Charlotte Street in Brisbane City. The days of working out of a room within another office are gone. The Fiftysix Fam 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!
7 March 2017
Taj bumps into his coach and role-model, Anthony Robbins in the Flatiron District in New York. He made it on Tony's Instagram too!
6 April 2017
Fiftysix Creations win the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Program in Sydney.