He spoke at TED Global in 2013 about how Africa is solving real problems for the rest of the world. He has also spoken at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, on how mobile is being used in Africa.
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."
Formerly a senior newspaper reporter covering everything from crime to politics, he has been writing about technology, the internet and the impact it has on our lives for more than 15 years, including the Sunday Times, The Times, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, The Financial Mail, Business Times, ThisDay and The Weekender.
He has been the Mail & Guardian's technology and sports editor, ran the M&G website when it was the first news site
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