TOM EDWARDS is focused on bringing Innovation to Reality™. As the founder of BlackFin360™, Tom is a futurist keynote speaker and technology evangelist and has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.
As a speaker, Tom is dynamic, focused on future-proofing business while delivering results today. He has a deep understanding of marketing, technology, and consumer behavior that translates to all audiences. Tom can tailor a keynote by industry and deliver a highly visual and thought-provoking journey.
Tom regularly speaks on the convergence of culture and technology through the lens of fun and relatable pop culture moments (Star Wars, Fortnite, The Matrix) while pulling through key insights across generations related to gaming, artificial intelligence, and the future of technology while focusing on impact across industries such as retail, automotive, consumer packaged goods, financial services, public sector, and more through his platform Innovation to Reality™.
Tom brings 20+ years of enterprise experience across all facets of executive leadership, strategic planning, digital, technology, analytics, data, artificial intelligence, innovation, global go-to-market support, organizational design, strategic partnerships, omnichannel strategy, content strategy, retail, and e-commerce strategy, and board-level support.
As a technology evangelist & influencer, Tom is adept at carrying a brand message forward. Recent collaborations include a partnership with Nokia and Mobile World Congress to highlight all facets of their 5G products and solutions. Engagements also include content creation similar to a recent collaboration with Futurithmic. This includes on-camera features, long and short-form content as well as sponsored content at keynotes and events.
Tom has been recognized in 2021 as one of the top 50 most influential business leaders in technology. He was recently awarded as a 2021 Top 10 Global Marketer Award winner by OnCon. In 2020, Tom was awarded the OnCon Icon Top 50 Global Marketer award and named the 2020 Professional of the Year for marketing & emerging technology for the second straight year. In 2019, Tom was recognized with multiple awards including the Professional of the Year in Marketing & Emerging Technology by Strathmore Worldwide, 2019 Tech Titan Technology Advocate award winner, the 2019 OnCon Marketing Trailblazer and Marketing Contributor for thought leadership award winner, and Tom was recently named a Marketing Technology Trailblazer by Advertising Age.
Many of the top brands in the world have recognized Tom. Apple calls Tom “bold and fearless”, Nintendo states “Tom has a level of expertise I’ve rarely seen in my career, Hulu called Tom “a leader in the digital realm”, Southwest Airlines states Tom “Is a forward thinker who pushes the convention”, c-Suite states Tom “Is insightful in what leaders need to know so they stay ahead of the competition”.
Tom regularly provides thought leadership and industry commentary via business and advertising publications across multiple topics including trends, artificial intelligence, data, innovation, personal branding, leadership, IoT, future of retail, augmented and virtual reality, emerging technology, and much more driving millions of views.
Tom has engaged in numerous speaking engagements including TEDx, SXSW, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ad Age Data, AdTech London, Mobile Media Summit, Various iMedia summits, Digital Dallas, Social TV Summit and more discussing digital disruption, artificial intelligence, data design, innovation & the future state of digital.
If you are a technology start-up in search of strategic insight & resources, Tom advises start-up & early-stage companies by providing strategic guidance, direction, insight & access to investor networks. Tom is experienced as either a formal advisor or board member.
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