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Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa.
Toby is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine; is a contributor to Forbes and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He has been co-hosting a weekly TV show on CNBC Africa for the past three years.
He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN, The Guardian in London and for Forbes. He is writing a book on innovation in Africa, looking at how the problems Africa is solving for itself will benefit the rest of the world.
Toby has spoken at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, (thrice) on how mobile is being used in Africa (2013) and how music is being consumed (2014); and The Guardian‘s Activate: Johannesburg on innovation out of necessity.
Toby was named in GQ’s top 30 men in media and the Mail & Guardian newspaper’s 300 influential young South Africans list; and has won the ICT Journalist of the Year. GQ said he “has become the most high-profile technology journalist in the country” while the M&G wrote: “Toby Shapshak is all things tech… he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech.”
As a news and political journalist, he ran Mail & Guardian newspaper’s website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“Toby David Shapshak, technology editor of the Mail & Guardian and contributing editor of GQ magazine, has been named the overall winner of the third annual Telkom Information and Communication Technology Journalist of the Year Awards.” [full story]
“Toby David Shapshak, winner of the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year award, translates techno talk into digestible English”. [full story]
“Toby Shapshak is many things: techno junky, journalist and editor – mostly he’s just a really talented writer who knows stuff.” [pdf]
“Toby was named a part of this prestigious alongside M&G founding editor Anton Harber, struggle stalwarts Tokyo Sexwale and Murphy Morose, and M&G owner Trevor Ncube.” [pdf]
“Toby Shapshak is all things tech. As the editor of Stuff magazine – a geek’s publication paradise that comes complete with scantily clad girls holding the latest must-have gadgets – he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech.”
“Shapshak regularly appears on CNBC Africa, writes a technology column for The Times and is a contributing editor for Business Day’s Wanted magazine. But this former contributing editor at GQ magazine is not all glamour and gadgets. He cut his teeth at Sapa, where he covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Still, Shapshak is a nerd at heart – he’s a known collector of Star Wars memorabilia and Nelson Mandela kitsch. Albeit the kind of nerd that runs the sexiest technology magazine on the market.” [full story]