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 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 can tailor a keynote by industry and deliver a highly visual and thought-provoking journey.
Tom has been recognized as the 2022 Dallas Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Associations Marketer of the Year, a 2x Winner of the OnCon Top 10 Global Marketer award and recognized as one of the top 50 most influential business leaders in technology and named the 2020 Professional of the Year for marketing & emerging technology for the second straight year. In 2019, Tom was recognized as a 2x 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’s current speaking platform is the new E^3 Innovation To Reality™ talk series. E^3 maps the evolution of experience from the mobile device, the rise of artificial intelligence, and enhanced reality through immersive computing that connects physical and digital and it impacts across generations.
RECENT CONFERENCES (FULL RECAPS BELOW)
Tom speaks regularly as a futurist on topics of data design, artificial intelligence, and the evolution of consumer experience. His current speaking platform is the new E^3 Innovation To Reality™ talk series. E^3 maps the evolution of experience from the mobile device, the rise of artificial intelligence, and enhanced reality through immersive computing that connects physical and digital.
Tom has also delivered data-centric marketing technology and futurist presentations to some of the world’s largest brands.
BRAND & CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS
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”.
REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
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RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT RECAPS
SK LIFE SCIENCE – OMNICHANNEL FOR PHARMA REPS (KEYNOTE) – Las Vegas March 2022)
Delivered a keynote for the SK Life Science XCELERATE conference. The topic was how Omnichannel Marketing & Field Sales teams come together.
We discussed hipster grandpas, boomboxes, what pop songs have to do with face time with customers, the role of field insights + channel affinity, and so much more. Good times were had by all.
DIGITAL CHAMPIONS – DAILYADBRIEF (INTERVIEW) – Online (February 2022)
TRUTH BE KNOWN – EPISODE 23 – FUTURE OF DATA (PODCAST) – Online (December 2021)
On this episode, Tom talks about transparency in decision making, how to organize massive amounts of data in order to derive insights, and how to determine the ideal communication strategy for a target audience.
*[3:38] Merging Digital and Data
*[5:10] Making the most out of data assets
*[6:38] How to strategically enable teams
*[8:03] Predictive decisioning and the cookieless future
*[9:30] Making massive data sets actionable
*[11:47] Omnicom Health Group’s data architecture and tech stack
*[15:27] Creating common language across the organization
*[20:13] Looking to partner with leaders in data-driven organizations
*[23:14] Preparing for a shifting data landscape
*[26:24] The importance of transparency as a leader
*[29:23] Finding a mentor and sponsor
NEXT PHARMA – EVOLUTION OF EXPERIENCE & THE EXPERIENCE MINDSET (KEYNOTE) – Online (October 2021)
Delivered the opening keynote for the NEXT Pharma & Vii Health AI & CX Personalization Masterclass event.
ADVERTISING RESEARCH FOUNDATION – EVOLUTION OF EXPERIENCE – (KEYNOTE) – Online (August 2021)
PROXXY INTERVIEW – PERSONAL REPUTATION MANAGEMENT (Discussion) – Online (January 2021)
Bryon moderates our discussion. We dive into the topics of personal branding, the story behind BlackFin360, tips for finding time to focus on content creation, the value of building an online reputation, the difference between personal reputation vs. business reputation, and recommendations for all executive levels in the following video.
2020 CX DIGITAL SUMMIT – INNOVATION TO REALITY (KEYNOTE) – India (December 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to speak to an amazing Indian audience during the 2020 CX Digital Summit. I delivered an updated version of the Innovation To Reality Keynote focusing on CX and how consumer behavior drives engagement.
EPISODE #24 – VIRTUALLY SPEAKING (Interview) – Online (November 2020)
I have enjoyed working with Cal Entertainment founder Chris Lee for years as I am an exclusive speaker for Cal Entertainment. We sit down for a fun discussion that covers a lot of ground. We talk about trends across data, AI, gaming, spatial computing, new form factors beyond mobile, as well as some fun with Funko Pops.
1:48 – Introduction and opening statements tied to trends.
3:05 – Creating experiences that go beyond desktop and mobile.
4:10 – Tour of Matrix-inspired office.
4:42 – Awards & BlackFin360.
7:12 – Voice ecosystem and thoughts on Google, Amazon, and Apple.
8:24 – Discuss virtual proxies & how assistants will evolve.
12:00 – How should business leaders think about integrating tech and trends into their existing business with a focus on value creation.
12:50 – The new 4 Ps to consider for marketers.
14:50 – What about small business owners? What do they need to look at?
18:36 – How to apply AI & Machine learning to understand affinities and behaviors.
19:44 – Thoughts on ownership of data.
20:17 – The role of AI & it’s not the enemy via the Pixar Theory
24:15 – Digital Simulation.
25:50 – What about search beyond desktop & mobile? The role of the Google knowledge graph.
27:06 – Moving beyond mobile devices & the rise of smart glasses.
28:14 – Smart contacts are the future.
30:10 – The rise of gaming & how to align with business.
31:55 – What brands should be in gaming?
35:00 – Creating authentic connections.
37:48 – Digital twins & the proxy twin hypothesis.
41:08 – Forecasting trends.
42:18 – Data, experiences, ethics.
45:20 – Blockchain & Industries like Healthcare, Financial Services.
46:55 – Digital rights management
47:30 – Closing thoughts
2020 IMMERSIVE TECH DIGITAL SUMMIT – INNOVATION TO REALITY (KEYNOTE) – India (September 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to speak to an amazing Indian audience during the Immersive Tech Digital Summit. I delivered an updated version of the Innovation To Reality Keynote while also leading an augmented reality workshop.
EPISODE #44 – THE E-COMMERCE BUSINESS PODCAST (Interview) – Online (Septebmer 2020)
Futurist Tom Edwards recently joined Jonathan Lewis Trembley, Founder of Gretrix, and host of the E-commerce Business Podcast to discuss the latest trends in e-commerce. From applications of AI, dynamic product descriptions, to the role of gaming. Check out the six-minute interview.
2020 GLOBAL TELCO FORUM – INNOVATION TO REALITY (Featured Speaker – Virtual Discussion) – Online (September 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to join an amazing lineup of speakers for the 2020 Telco Global Forum. It was a great event and I wanted to share a snippet of my Innovation to Reality discussion with Leo Clifford, the Telco Global Forum founder.
LCA BUSINESS & ENGINEERING PSP KEYNOTE – PASSIONS THAT DRIVE CAREER – GAMING, MARKETING, TECHNOLOGY (KEYNOTE) – Dallas, TX (August 2020)
Wow! It felt good to be back on stage with a socially distant audience. Yes, I wore a mask on stage per the organizer’s policy, but it was great to be in person! This was a bespoke talk designed to motivate future business & technology, men & women. The talk covered the last 20 years of my career and how my passions for gaming, marketing, and technology, have shaped every step of my journey. This talk was more personal than futurist, but I wanted to provide insights on how to align passion + aspiration with real examples.
BUSINESS ACCESS PODCAST EPISODE 15 – W/THIAGO DESOUZA – MARKETING, TECHNOLOGY, DATA, INNOVATION, GAMING DISCUSSION (Virtual Discussion) – Online (July 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to join Thiago Desouza on his Business Access Podcast. We had an incredibly in-depth conversation across a variety of topics. From passions that have driven my career, technology, and marketing impact post-pandemic, gaming, GenZ, generational gaps, and the future of consumer experience. Timestamps and topics here.
GIFTERS PODCAST EPISODE 800 – W/CHRISTOPHER KAI – DATA & INNOVATION DISCUSSION (Virtual Discussion) – Online (July, 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to join Christopher Kai on his Gifters Podcast. This is episode 800 of his show and we dive into a number of topics in twelve minutes. From what is a futurist, why emerging tech, data strategy, recommendations for business post COVID, and innovation.
C-SUITE NETWORK – ALL BUSINESS SHOW TOM EDWARDS INTERVIEW W/JEFFREY HAYZLETT (Virtual Discussion) – Online (May, 2020)
I had the distinct pleasure to join Jeffrey Hayzlett on the All Business show. We had a great conversation discussing topics such as marketing and advertising shifts due to COVID19, shifts in consumer behavior, adaptive digital strategy, the role of AI, gaming + marketing, connecting with GenZ, emerging technology, and 2020 trends.
1:30 – Discuss how brands (w/ examples) are shifting marketing and advertising due to COVID19?
8:00 – Discuss how the consumer decision journey has evolved for everyone.
12:00 – Discuss gaming + marketing = Tripleclix.
15:30 – Discuss behaviors that impact technology adoption.
18:10 – Thoughts on marketers attending live events in 2020.
19:40 – Technologies that lead us into the near future.
The audio podcast version just posted as well via All Business Show.
V12 – DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, BRAND MARKETING & COVID – Part II (Virtual Discussion) – Online (May, 2020)
I recently had the opportunity to discuss how to thrive in the time of COVID-19 from brand marketing, digital transformation, research on consumer behavior, and more.
V12 – DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, BRAND MARKETING & COVID – PART 1 (Virtual Discussion) – Online (April, 2020)
This is the first part of a discussion with Andy Frawley, CEO @ V12, & Anders Ekman, President @ V12. This discussion focuses on how channels have shifted due to the pandemic. Upcoming discussions will focus on how to market during this time and ultimately, how to recover.
FRITO-LAY BRAND SESSION – (Keynote) – Dallas, TX (February, 2020) Innovation to Reality Delivered a consumer brand focused version of the Innovation To Reality talk. We discussed how Star Wars, Fortnite, Pixar Movies, & The Matrix highlight how emerging technology and consumer behavior will shift in the near future. We also discussed:
- genZ and gaming
- the role of esports
- the camera as a bridge to intelligence
- the role of virtual assistants and commerce
- the rise of the proxy web
- the 5 levels of autonomy
- how the new 4P’s will enhance future strategy
- the role and importance of 5G in the transition towards ubiquitous simulation
- how retail experiences will evolve
Futurithmic – ( Podcast Interview) – November, 2019 Experiential Computing, 5G, AI & more. Tech titan Tom Edwards of BlackFin360 talks about how the blurring of the lines between technology and culture is only going to grow as AI, AR, and 5G become embedded in our physical spaces to replace our smartphones.
Connecting the dots of the technology of today with the future of tomorrow. Here are the timestamps for key topics discussed.
1:38 – Tech Titan Advocacy Award
2:01 – Experience Driven Culture
2:55 – Shift Towards Multi-modal & Enhancing Mobility
4:05 – Ambient Computing
4:50 – GenZs Impact on Emerging Technology
5:50 – Expectations of Technology & Adoption of AI
8:05 – Virtual Assistant as a Preference Center, Rise of the Proxy Web
10:15 – Consumer Choice vs. Ease & Convenience
11:30 – Smart Glasses Adoption
13:00 – Benefits of 5G Connectivity
15:15 – Use cases for combining 5G + AI + AR = Proxy Twin Hypothesis
17:45 – Volumetric Capture
19:40 – 5G & Artificial Intelligence = Edge Computing & Edge Analytics
23:40 – 3 Types of AI
24:30 – Intelligence Augmentation & Predictive Decisioning
26:30 – The Future… Privacy, Presence, Commerce, Enhancing Experiences
29:15 – Gaming, Esports, & Technology Adoption, Interaction Economy
PATH TO PURCHASE EXPO – (Keynote) – Chicago, IL (November, 2019) Innovation to Reality Delivered a heavily commerce focused version of the Innovation To Reality talk. We discussed how Star Wars, Fortnite, Pixar Movies, & The Matrix highlight how emerging technology and consumer behavior will shift in the near future. We also discussed:
- the role of esports
- the camera as a bridge to intelligence
- the role of virtual assistants and commerce
- the rise of the proxy web
- the 5 levels of autonomy
- how the new 4P’s will enhance future strategy
- the role and importance of 5G in the transition towards ubiquitous simulation.
2020 MARKETING INNOVATION SUMMIT – (Keynote) – Prague, Czech Republic (October 2019) Innovation to Reality
DFWIMA DISRUPT SUMMIT – (Headliner Keynote) – Dallas, TX (October 2019) Innovation to Reality Had the opportunity to deliver the opening keynote for the DFWIMA Disrupt Summit discussing all facets of InnovationToReality. The talk included the core content as well as the role of 5G with a focus on the application of digital marketing and evolving experiences.
INDUSTRY 4.0 – (Headliner Keynote) – Tuscaloosa, AL (October 2019) Recently gave the headline keynote for the University of Alabama EMBA Alumni Summit discussing trends leading to Industry 4.0. The talk included the core innovation to reality talk + additional content tied to the transformational role of 5G.
BIGHR 2019 – (Panel) – Dallas, TX (September 2019) Discussed how digital trends and specifically AI is transforming HR. From recruiting, performance management via tonal analysis, skills assessment, personalized training, predicting attrition and more. Also discussed keys to creating a common digital language internally and how to transform a culture towards intelligence augmentation.
GENERAL MOTORS – (2 Keynotes) – Detroit, MI (July 2019) Discussed how algorithms, affinity will impact advertising in addition to emerging technology shifts in the near future. Highlighted how the 5 levels of autonomy and the new 4P’s will impact the automotive industry. 200+ General Motors employees attended.
NEXT-GEN NINJA SHOW – (On-camera Interview) JUNE 2019 – I recently had the opportunity to join the NextGen Ninja Show. Host Kory Farooquie and I discuss a number of topics from data, humans over hype, humans vs. AI, dealing with disruption, GenZ, the future and more.
PRINT INNOVATION EXCHANGE – (Headliner/Keynote) – Minneapolis, MN (June 2019) Discussed how Star Wars, Fortnite, Pixar Movies & The Matrix highlight how emerging technology & and behavior will shift in the near future and how the 5 levels of autonomy and the new 4P’s will impact the print industry.
CEMC Innovation Summit – (Keynote) – Dana Point, CA (June 2019) Discussed how Star Wars, Fortnite, Pixar Movies & The Matrix highlight how emerging technology & and behavior will shift in the near future.
TOC Conference – (Keynote) – Fargo, ND (May 2019) Discussed emerging technology & behavior innovation to reality presentation customized for the communications industry 800+ attendees.
TRIPLECLIX – (Podcast Interview) April 2019 – I was recently in LA and sat down with Chris Erb, founder of TripleClix, an amazing boutique video game marketing agency. I have known Chris for almost a decade and we have collaborated on a lot of fun programs over the years. Episode #1!!!
ALLIANCE DATA CARD SERVICES – (Keynote) – Columbus, OH (April 2019) Discussed emerging technology & behavior innovation to reality presentation customized for financial services. Hybrid presentation with in-room and 100+ via an online stream.
ADOBE SUMMIT – (Exec Roundtable) – Las Vegas, NV (March 2019) Deployed a roulette-style/non-linear approach to discussing trends.
AUTOMOTIVE TREND KEYNOTE – (Keynote) – Chicago, IL (March 2019) Discussed emerging technology & behavior tied to the automotive industry.
SXSW 2019 – (Fireside) – Austin, TX (March 2019) Discussed AI, Machine Learning and eSports.
CBSi – ZDNet Interview (February 2019, Recorded January 2019). 2019 Trends
GlaxoSmithKline – (Keynote) – Warren, NJ (February 2019) Presented the evolution of shopper marketing during a shopper marketing summit at GSK.
INNOVA-CON 2019 – (Keynote) – Washington, DC (January 2019) Presented the Coming Waves of Technology discussing emerging technology that may impact innovation policy in the near future at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in DC.
Carnegie Dartlet – (Keynote) – Orlando, Florida (January 2019) The talk centered around how technology will adapt to us vs. us adapting to it. Discussed the role the camera will play as a bridge to intelligence, why the Pixar Theory explains AI adoption, and how spatial computing combined with virtual assistant proxies will change our view of reality.
BeTheTalk – (Podcast Interview) – Online (November 2018) Discuss TEDx topic, Future of technology and tips for delivering a major presentation.
PULSE NETWORK – (Keynote) – Scottsdale, AZ (October, 2018) Turning AI into ROI
TALKING RAIN NATIONAL MARKETING MEDIA (Keynote) – Seattle, WA (September, 2018) Evolution of Experience
OPEN DATA SCIENCE CONFERENCE (Keynote) – London, UK (September, 2018) Evolution of Experience
AI TODAY – ( Podcast Interview) – Episode 50 – Enhancing Experiences with AI Interview
0:48 – Introduction
1:33 – Recap of Keynote topic at Amazon Alexa Voice Summit
2:53 – Discuss why we are in the “golden age of AI”
4:20 – Discuss The Pixar Theory and Artificial Intelligence
7:00 – Why predictive experiences are key for mass adoption of AI
9:00 – Discuss Gen Z & expectations of experiences
9:37 – How Epsilon Agency is using artificial intelligence
13:25 – What is the future of artificial intelligence?
VOICE SUMMIT 2018 – (Keynote & Interview) – Newark, New Jersey (July 24-26th, 2018) Evolution of Experience
AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE (Keynote) – (June, 2018) Evolution of Experience
CMO EXECUTIVE SUMMIT – (Keynote) – Dallas, Texas (June, 2018) Evolution of Experience
Frito-Lay Digital Experience Summit – (Keynote) – Nashville, Tennesse (May 16th, 2018) Evolution of Experience
Financial Brand Forum – (Keynote) – Las Vegas, Nevada (May 8th, 2018) Artificial Intelligence & The Evolution of Experience
MarTech West 2018 – (Keynote) – San Jose, California (April 24th, 2018) Gen Z & Computer Vision, & the Evolution of Experience
Dr. Pepper Media Masters – (Keynote) – Plano, Texas (April 12th, 2018) Data & Evolution of Experience
Viva Fresh Expo – (Keynote) San Antonio, Texas (April 6th, 2018) Amazon and the Evolution of Experience
CBSi – ZDNet Interview (March, 2018, Recorded January 2018). Humanizing Artificial Intelligence
REX (Roundtables For Executives) – San Diego, CA (March 20th, 2018) Evolution of Experience
TEDx Oaklawn (Words Of Mass Disruption Interview) Dallas, Texas (March 17th, 2018) Caught up with the Words of Mass Disruption podcast team after my set at TEDx Oaklawn.
TEDx Oaklawn – (Keynote) Dallas, Texas (March 17th, 2018) Evolution of Experience
SXSW Interactive 2018 – Austin, Texas (March 11th, 2018) Machine Learning & AI
CES 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada (January 2018) Future of IoT Experiences Discussion
Words of Mass Disruption Podcast: EP 119 (January 2018) Tom Edwards on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Words of Mass Disruption Podcast: EP 120 (January 2018) Tom Edwards on Personal Branding vs. Corporate branding and 4 steps to a better digital you.
Ad:tech – New York, NY (November 2017) Spotlight Presentation: Gen Z & the Evolution of Experience
AAF – Dallas, Texas (November 2017) Panel: Artificial Intelligence
Mobile World Congress Americas – San Francisco, California (September 13th, 2017) Keynote: Innovation to Reality the exponential acceleration of experience or E^3.
Executive Connection Technology SIG – Dallas, Texas (September 7th, 2017) Panel: The Edge of IT… where IT meets digital & marketing.
Up or Out Podcast – (2017) Disruption is the New Normal
Symposium 2017 – Dana Point, California (2017) Speaker & Host: Discussed the Acceleration of Intelligent Systems through Artificial Intelligence and the future of marketing through data and decisions.
C-Suite Network Advisors Conference – Dallas, Texas (2017): Discussing Decision Making, Selling to and Best Practices of the C-Suite.
Mobile World Congress – Barcelona, Spain (2017) | Modern Marketing Summit: Discussing the Future of Mobile and where Aston Martin should place bets on the Future.
C-Suite Network Conference – San Francisco, CA (2016): Discussing Connection, Cognition & Immersion (CLICK IMAGE FOR RECORDED VIDEO)
PepsiCo Digital Summit – San Francisco, CA (2016) Panel: Harnessing The Power of Data
Success North Dallas – Dallas, TX (2016) Keynote: Digital Disruption – The New Normal
Digital Banking – New Orleans, LA (2016): How to Leverage Social Messaging & Conversational User Experiences
iieX North America – Atlanta, GA (2016): Machine Learning & Data-Driven Creative
Modern Marketing Summit Upfront @ Internet Week – New York, NY (2016): Transformation of Storytelling & the role of Data
iMedia Agency Summit – Lost Pines, TX (2016): The New World of Content Marketing
Brand Activation Summit – New York, NY (2016): Approach to Digital Disruption
Brand Innovators Future of Consumer Experience – Dallas, TX (2016): Customer Experiences in 2020
Epsilon Growth Forum – Scottsdale, AZ (2016): Digital disruption and CMO Challenges
Social Media Week – Chicago, IL (2015): Delivered a keynote discussing the Evolution of Connection
iMedia Breakthrough Summit – Austin, TX (2015): Topic was Innovation
Digital Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA (2015): Topic was Social Media
Ad Age Data Conference – New York, NY (2015): Topic was Data & Creativity
Mobile Media Summit @ Adweek – New York, NY (2015): Discussed Location as a Context Filter
Mediapost IOT Shopping Summit – Chicago, IL (2015): Discussed IOT & Retail
Brand Innovators – Dallas, TX (2015) – Content Marketing
iMedia Agency Summit – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (2015): Discussed the evolving role of Agencies
Media Post IOT – Chicago, IL (2015) – Beacons
iMedia Agency Marketer of the Year Nominee Interview (2014)
ThisMoment UGC – Webinar (2014)
National Sports Marketing Network (2013) – Sports & Social Media
Social TV Summit – Beverly Hills, CA (2013) – Sports Social TV
Digital Dallas Summit – Dallas, TX (2012) – Evolution of Storytelling
Microsoft MGX – Atlanta, GA (2009) – Social CRM
AdTech – London, UK (2008) – Digital Experience
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