Speaking Engagements

Tom was recently recognized by Advertising Age as a 2017 Marketing Technology Trailblazer. For the past 18 years, Tom has focused on the intersection of emerging technology and its impact on consumer behavior and how to bring “Innovation to Reality”™.

Tom regularly provides thought leadership and industry commentary via business and advertising publications. He speaks regularly (domestic & international) as a futurist on topics such as data design, artificial intelligence and the evolution of consumer experience.

If you are interested in having Tom speak at your next event please contact Cal Entertainment here.


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SXSW Interactive 2018 – Austin, Texas (March 11th, 2018) Machine Learning & AI

TEDxOaklawn – Dallas, Texas (March 17th, 2018) Evolution of Experience

MarTech West 2018 – San Jose, California (April 24th, 2018) Keynote: Gen Z & Computer Vision

Financial Brand Forum – Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2018) Keynote:  Artificial Intelligence


CES 2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada (January 2018)  Future of IoT Experiences Discussion

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.

Words of Mass Disruption Podcast: EP 119 (January 2018) Tom Edwards on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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): Harnessing The Power of Data

Success North Dallas – Dallas, TX (2016):  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

iMedia Keynote Panel. Key Topic discussion from 15:09-19:00

Media Post IOT – Chicago, IL (2015) – Beacons

iMedia Agency Marketer of the Year Nominee Interview (2014)

ThisMoment UGC – Webinar (2014)

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


  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Intelligent Systems
  • Connection, Cognition & Immersive the Future of Marketing
  • Agency Topics (Future Models, Mergers, Collaboration, Innovation)
  • Data Driven Creative (Machine Learning & AI)
  • Data Design
  • Proxy Web & Intelligence Revolution
  • Disruption Is the New Normal
  • Conversational Experiences
  • Digital Marketing
  • Omnichannel
  • Data & Programmatic Creative
  • Immersive Experiences (Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality)
  • Beacons
  • Internet of Things
  • Converged Media Strategy
  • Social Media (Owned, Earned, & Paid)
  • User-Generated Content Best Practices
  • Content Amplification & Discovery Best Practices
  • Branded Communities
  • Innovation & Future State
  • Emerging Technology
  • Mobile & the impact of second screen viewing
  • Technology Trends

I also serve as a judge for industry award shows, recently the 2014 and 2015 REGGIE awards as well as the Local Search Association (2017).

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