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Published on : Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Shapshak is currently the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine and has been writing about innovation, telecoms and the internet, and their impact on our lives for over 15 years. His popular TED Talk on how Africa is a ‘mobile-only continent’ that has solved real problems and driven innovation for not only Africa, but the world, has had over 1.3 million views. At WYSTC, Shapshak will discuss technology and young people and their transformative powers.
Shapshak also co-hosts a live weekly TV show on CNBC Africa and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He is also the publisher of a new Africa-focussed magazine, published in Africa by Africans, called Ogojiii.
One of his first assignments as a new journalist was to shadow Nelson Mandela for a period during his time as South Africa’s president, and has interviewed a variety of tech industry achievers including Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
With many achievements to his name, Toby Shapshak was called “the most high-profile technology journalist in South Africa” in GQ’s top 30 Men in Media and named ICT Journalist of the Year in 2002. He made the Mail and Guardian’s list of 300 Influential Young South Africans in 2009.
David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, said: “Toby is perfectly poised to open the youth travel industry’s most important annual event and the first ever WYSTC taking place in Africa.
“Mobile technology is increasingly influential on how we live and travel. I am confident that delegates will find Toby’s intelligence, humour and fervent belief in African innovation to be thought-provoking, inspiring and the perfect jump-start to three days of productive business and professional networking at WYSTC.”
WYSTC 2015 will welcome over 600 travel industry professionals to the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa From Tuesday, 22 – Friday, 25 September 2015.
The keynote session will take place as part of the event’s opening proceedings on Wednesday, 23 September at 09:30.