PSASA 2016 Convention – Toby Shapshak

PSASA 2016 Convention – Toby Shapshak

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Technology with a Twist

Toby talks about the technology tools of his trade – when running his business, speaking, writing and travelling – that have made his work more efficient, his travel more bearable, his writing more effective and his personal life more satisfying. On the surface it may sound mundane, but this would address many of the pains that most of us face as we make the frequent transition from one mode of activity to another.

About Toby Shapshak

Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa. Toby Shapshak

His TED talk on how Africa is solving real problems – which the rest of the world benefits from – has had over 1,4-million views; and he has been featured in the New York Times.

He is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine. He is a contributor to Forbes, writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail, and has been co-hosting a weekly TV show on CNBC Africa for the past two years.

He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNNThe Guardian in London and for Forbes. He is writing a book on innovation in Africa.

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 oninnovation out of necessity.

He has also spoken at Intel’s IDF conference in San Francisco, Germany’s Zukunftskongress (Future Congress), TEDxGateway in Mumbai, Pivot East in Nairobi, and Tech4Africa in Joburg.

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 been 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.

He has interviewed a range of tech industry luminaries, including Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.


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