His TED talk, in June 2013 about how Africa is solving real problems for the rest of the world, has had over 1-million views.
He has spoken at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, 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's 300 influential young South Africans list in 2009; and was the ICT Journalist of the Year in 2002. 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."
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