Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that
Toby Shapshak - Technology writer
The publisher and editor of Stuff magazine, Toby Shapshak is a South African writer focusing on innovation — and the role it plays in Africa. Full bio
question, just with a show of hands:
invent the production line
have to invent the dolos?
of the world from space,
where innovation's going on.
define it as problem-solving.
that you plug into a phone
about the payment system
you can buy your groceries,
the gold of today is mobile.
in North America and how that worked,
that makes all of this possible.
things that you can do with it?
Bright Simons from Ghana,
spend their entire month's salary on,
you can rise out of poverty.
automobile industry in the world.
about innovation at the edge.
everybody's updating Facebook,
About the speaker:Toby Shapshak - Technology writer
The publisher and editor of Stuff magazine, Toby Shapshak is a South African writer focusing on innovation — and the role it plays in Africa.
Why you should listen
Casual readers of Stuff magazine, with its smart and provocative gadget reviews, might not know the glossy comes from not London or New York but offices in South Africa. Toby Shapshak leads the magazine and news site; he's been called "the most high-profile technology journalist in the country" by GQ South Africa. Formerly a senior newspaper reporter covering everything from crime to politics, Shapshak shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the abolition of apartheid.
He's been writing about innovation, telecommunications and the Internet — and the impact they have on people's lives — for more than 15 years. He's now working on a book about a passionately held belief: that in Africa, necessity is the mother of innovation.
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