Innovation To Reality™


TOM EDWARDS is focused on bringing Innovation to Reality™. As the founder of BlackFin360™, Tom is a futurist keynote speaker and technology evangelist for some of the world’s biggest brands.

BlackFin360 serves as a thought leadership repository with over 600+ posts of original content via the BlackFin360 blog as well as a connection point for booking events and keynote speaking.

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.

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 5G products and solutions. Other types of engagements 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 is a highly accomplished and recognized marketing and technology leader who has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions. He was recently named the 2022 Dallas Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Associations Marketer of the Year and is a two-time winner of the OnCon Top 10 Global Marketer award, receiving the honor in both 2022 and 2021.

Tom’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the industry were also recently recognized with the Marketing 2.0 Outstanding Leadership Award in 2022. He was named one of the 10 most inspiring tech leaders to watch in 2022 and one of the top 50 most influential business leaders in technology in 2021.

In addition, Tom has been recognized multiple times as the Professional of the Year in Marketing & Emerging Technology by Strathmore Worldwide, receiving the award twice in 2020 and 2019. He was also named the CX Summit Digital Marketing Professional of the Year in 2020 and the Tech Titan Technology Advocate award winner in 2019.

Tom’s thought leadership and trailblazing work in marketing have been recognized by OnCon, with awards for Marketing Trailblazer and Marketing Contributor in 2019. He was also named a Marketing Technology Trailblazer by Advertising Age in 2017.

Overall, Tom’s numerous awards and recognitions are a testament to his exceptional contributions to the field of marketing and technology. He is widely regarded as a thought leader and innovator, and his work has had a significant impact on the industry.


Tom is a highly respected thought leader in the business and advertising industries, and he regularly contributes to a wide range of publications on a variety of topics. His expertise covers a broad range of areas, including trends, artificial intelligence, data, innovation, personal branding, leadership, IoT, the future of retail, augmented and virtual reality, emerging technology, and much more.

Through his contributions to these publications, Tom has helped to drive millions of views and has established himself as a go-to expert for businesses and professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve. His insights and commentary are always thought-provoking and relevant, offering valuable guidance and actionable strategies for businesses of all sizes and across a wide range of industries.

Overall, Tom’s ability to communicate complex ideas and trends in a clear and engaging manner, combined with his deep industry knowledge and expertise, make him a highly respected and sought-after commentator and thought leader in the business and advertising industries.


Tom is a highly engaging speaker who frequently speaks about the intersection of culture and technology. Drawing from fun and relatable pop culture moments such as Star Wars, Fortnite, and The Matrix, he brings a fresh and accessible perspective to complex topics related to gaming, artificial intelligence, and the future of technology.

Through his platform Innovation to Reality™, Tom delivers key insights across generations and industries, including pharma, retail, automotive, consumer packaged goods, financial services, public sector, technology, and more. He focuses on the impact of technology on these industries, and offers actionable strategies for businesses looking to stay ahead of the curve.

Overall, Tom’s ability to bridge the gap between culture and technology makes him a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader. His engaging and entertaining presentations provide valuable insights into the future of technology, and offer practical guidance for businesses looking to leverage emerging trends to drive growth and innovation.

The ‘Innovation to Reality’ keynote dives into the fascinating junction of human behavior and technological advancement. The talk explores different aspects of control under the theme ‘Empower’. Through the perspective of ‘Exponential’, the keynote dissects the implications of Artificial Intelligence, covering all aspects of generative AI. Under the ‘Enhanced’ theme, the focus shifts towards the merging of physical and digital experiences, culminating in predictions of when the ultimate convergence may occur. Through an engaging narrative rich with pop culture references, Tom weaves together the past, present, and future, providing a dynamic vision of our technological landscape.

Empower – The ‘Empower’ segment underscores the fact that modern consumers hold the reins and their evolving expectations are radically reshaping business. This part of the talk extensively covers a variety of contemporary topics, including Generation Z’s preferences and behaviors, the burgeoning gaming industry, and the Metaverse. It further discusses how to distinguish a fleeting fad from a lasting trend, and the role of the camera as a conduit to intelligence.

Exponential – The ‘Exponential’ segment emphasizes that the primary driving force behind adopting intelligent systems is the pursuit of ease and convenience. It delves into various aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Generative AI, offering insights into understanding algorithms.

The discussion outlines how we’re currently in the golden age of AI and explores predictive decisioning and the five levels of autonomy and the coming dependency on physical robotics powered by large language models. The theme also ventures into the realm of digital humans and virtual assistants, along with the emergence of the proxy web. It concludes by providing guidance on how organizations can prepare themselves for a transformation driven by intelligence.

Enhanced – The ‘Enhanced’ theme delves into the interplay between physical and digital realms and contemplates when technology will evolve to adapt to us, instead of the other way around. This segment delves deeper into the concept of the Metaverse, the role of computer vision, and digital humans. It explores multi-modal interfaces, digital twins, holograms, and synthetic reality. The discussion culminates with a prediction on when we can expect multi-modal experiences to become widespread and scalable.


Tom has also delivered marketing technology and futurist presentations to some of the world’s largest brands. 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”.


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