Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker

Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker

Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker is the editor of Stuff magazine and a columnist for The Times newspaper. He has been the Mail & Guardian’s technology editor on three occasions and sports editor twice, and ran the M&G website when it was the first news site in Africa. He shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president and has covered the Truth and Reconsolidation Commission.

A former 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 10 years ago for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, The Times, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, ThisDay, The Financial Mail and The Weekender. He has written for international wire agencies AFP and UPI.

Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker

Toby broke the Hansie Cronje “the devil made me do it story” for the M&G.

Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker

In 2009 Toby – who was the ICT Journalist of the Year for 2002 – was named in GQ’s top 30 men in media and the M&G’s 300 influential young South Africans list. GQ said “Shapshak has become the most high-profile technology journalist in the country” while the M&G wrote: “Toby Shapshak is all things tech. As the editor of Stuff magazine… he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech.”


He has spoken at numerous conferences, including Dion Chang’s Flux Trends Review, The Daily Maverick’s Gathering, as well as TEDxJohannesburg, part of the global TED network.

He has twice been invited to speak at South by South West (SxSW), the Austin, Texas, conference that is the premier new media and technology conference, which also has a film and music component.


He was a contributing editor and Joburg bureaux chief for GQ magazine for nearly ten years and was digital publisher of media giant Avusa’s magazine division, for whom he launched Stuff in 2007. He is a contributing editor to Business Day’s Wanted magazine. Toby has also written for The Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Financial Mail, The Observer in London and Maverick, Empire, Best Life, Elle, Elle Decoration, Visi, Marie Claire, Fair Lady, Cosmopolitan and SA Sports Illustrated.


Toby Shapshak-Technology Speaker

Toby continues to run his own company, where he has managed major website projects and published numerous magazines for blue chip clients. These include Nokia, FirstRand Group, MultiChoice, Microsoft, Internet Solutions, Accenture, Absa Bank, Edgars, Incredible Connection and Netstar.

Toby Shapshak on Social Media and Mobile usage in Africa



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