As a law student, Jackson had experimented with several visual learning tools to get a better grasp of his law lectures. While studying at Murdoch Law School, he had worked on a personal project to convert a complicated property law case study into an animation video for his friends and himself. The result from that experiment was astonishing – it eventually went viral and was viewed by 75% of his classmates. The average score for Property Law during that semester improved by 15% and he would ultimately win a spot to be a tutor the following semester. Though he turned down the offer to tutor at college, the outcome of that experiment had provoked a thought process that ultimately led to the birth of HappyBird. He had just seen the inherent power of visual learning first hand.
As a big fan of technology and robotics, his dream quickly turned to using technology, including robots, to bringing abstract classroom concepts to life. Around the same time, he would find out that State governments were facing budget shortfalls and the cost of buying textbooks was spiralling out of control. Teachers were also under more and more pressure from governments to create vibrant, engaging lessons for every learner in their care. Government education departments had begun to support the move to digital. France was handing out tablets in the Correze region while Japan had began distributing tablet PCs in a primary school under a pilot program. Multisensory and multidimensional teaching methods were also becoming a useful learning tool. Millennials resonated with digital learning tools and multimedia and became quickly bored without it.
So the journey started in earnest. He knew something had to be done but wasn’t sure what to make of that or how to go about that. After months of brainstorming with friends and colleagues, he finally hatched the idea to work on a simplified tablet and special pen that an average Millennial can afford. He felt replacing heavy backpacks with digital backpacks would not only help put an end to deforming back problems faced by millions of Millennials, but also make learning more fun, effective and cheaper for them.
Jackson has worked on a diverse range of advocacy projects since the age of 15. He was the former treasurer of the largest and youngest Rotary Club in Australia, the Rotary of Crawley. He believes, yes we can all realize our full potential if provided with the right tools. He attended the Murdoch School of Law.