Futurist Keynote Speaker: Gabe Zichermann

what you need to know about tomorrow, today

With over 25 years of experience founding and running high-velocity tech companies, I’ve seen my fair share of new ideas come, go and conquer.

But how do you know which is which? And even more importantly, how do you thrive in a world that changes every hour?

That’s the role of the futurist: to identify important trends relevant to your attendees, break them down into easily understandable chunks, and provide a process to attack new opportunities.

This is what you get from great futurist keynote speakers: the ability to move beyond the buzzwords and fear of the unknown to uncover the actionable insights that will drive positive change going forward among your attendees. Nothing is less motivating than a laundry list of things you should be worried about without any way of leveraging it as opportunity. I understand this intimately, and deliver innovation keynotes that inspire and motivate.

My Unique Approach:
My futurist keynotes draw heavily on case studies gleaned from research into top trends in athletics, the arts, technology, industry and politics. These ideas are brought together using my proprietary approach to information-rich futurist keynote presentations:

  1. Reframe the Challenge with Context

  2. Explain the Science

  3. Reveal the Underlying Process & Mechanics

  4. Layer in Relevant Examples

  5. Deliver Actionable Take-Aways to Drive Outcomes

These 5 elements are woven together by diving deeply into your industry’s challenges and blending that with humor, plenty of a-ha moments and a quick pace that leaves audiences inspired, energized and ready to tackle the great personal and professional challenges they face.

Together, attendees will create the future with this inspiring, actionable innovation keynote


selected clients & testimonials


Selected Additional Motivational Keynotes & Workshops

TED Talks: Kids & Creativity

This is one of the first talks given on the concept of Gamification and covers the concepts and frameworks for a global audience.


Making Science & Data Accessible

I like to include science and data in all my talks, but this closing keynote from GSummit highlights my unique, story-driven approach to making tough concepts accessible.


Conquering Tech Addiction

Technology addiction (or overuse) is one of the greatest problems facing our society. Parents, Educators and experts are alarmed by all the screen time we use. Here I discuss how to use advanced approaches to conquer addiction.

TNW: Founding an Industry

Delivering a top-rated keynote at The Next Web in Amsterdam, my mission was to convey the inspiration and strategies necessary to go beyond entrepreneurship.


Theatre Marketing Industry

Asked to deliver a keynote to the largest gathering of live theatre marketers, I wove together relevant, actionable ideas with key concepts. This is especially important for less technical audiences.


O’Reilly Online Workshops & Teaching

I've created and delivered countless workshops online and offline, creating sound curriculum and providing educational scaffolding to a wide range of audiences.

Nuclear Energy Association

Bridging the gap between specialized industries and design concepts is core to my approach. Here, I bring games and nuclear energy together for a professional audience.


Zillow Corporate 

Along with dozens of other companies, Zillow invited me to give an internal talk to team members about gamification in context. Linking real estate and gaming isn't immediately obvious, so I crafted a fun, engaging talk around it.


Gamification for Civic Engagement

I’ve worked with Samantha Bee on 2 projects designed to use gamification to increase civic participation. Here, a humorous look at our first project.