Louis Zacharilla

Speaker Profile

Zach-Spkr-Page-FL.gifLouis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top7 and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs and guides the strategy for the New York-based think tank’s programs. Mr. Zacharilla oversees the development of institutes for the Intelligent Community Forum. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at global conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss what ICF calls "the new Renaissance" within the world's communities.

Mr. Zacharilla is co-author of the books Brain GainBroadband Economies: Building the Community for the 21st Century and Seizing Our Destiny. His articles, opinion pieces and blogs appear in publications worldwide, including Canada, Sweden, the United States, and Australia. His work was the subject of a multi-part series in Taiwan's Ideas Magazine and his views were quoted in the influential 2012 World Wealth Report. He has been the subject of interview for in the Financial Times of London and VICE.com. He authors a blog, "Community as Canvas," and is regular contributor to Satellite Executive Briefing, Digital Communities, Mayors & Cities and Public Sector Digest.

Mr. Zacharilla has served as an adjunct professor at New York's Fordham University,a a guest lecturer at New York University's Polytechnic Institute's School of Innovation Technology & Enterprise, Laval University (Quebec City) and the Central European University (Budapest.) He was named a judge for the French-based World E-Democracy Awards program, is a member of the Australian-American Dialogue Council, a trustee of the Board of Directors of Walsh University (USA) and recently a member of the board of directors of the METRO New York Library Council. He was born in Lyons, New York, earned his Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Manhattan.


- Louis Zacharilla is an excellent keynote speaker. In front of more than 1.000 people he spoke at our event and captured people’s attention for the whole speech. He was able to make everybody feel welcome, then asked the audience for their participation and ended with inspiring comments urging them to cooperate, innovate and join forces to build better communities for now and the future. I would really recommend Mr Zacharilla as a speaker for your event and I know a lot of people that were in our audience would as well. You will not be disappointed, I am 100% sure of that. - Susan Janssen, Events Manager, Brainport Development, Netherlands

- Lou Zacharilla has always been a great resource and advisor to our community. He has spoken at several venues and he always stretches us to think and act beyond what we think we are capable of. Lou is able to motivate people. His presentation at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs’ Leadership Conference at Ohio State University, was an outstanding success. He introduced the audience to the concepts of the Intelligent Community and as a result many in our region are pursuing these concepts! - Dana McDaniel, Assistant City Manager, Dublin, Ohio, USA

TED Talk, Keynotes and Appearances

Lou Zacharilla appears on “The Brand Called You.”

ICF continues its Podcast The INTELLIGENT Community during the COVID crisis. Lou Zacharilla and Matt Owen produced several series on topics such as Managing COVID, Policing the Intelligent Community & Conversations with prominent people around the globe.

Zacharilla-Podium1_sml.jpg“The Four Stages of Community Development.”
Smart Cities Conference, New York City, May 2018 – Presented with Dr. Norman Jacknis, Columbia University & former CIO Westchester County (NY)

“The Annual Smart21 Cities Announcement & Conference.”
Moderator & Emcee, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 2018

“The Intelligent Community Method.”
Speaker, Shanghai, China Delegation, New York Open Center. Part of a series of talks given regularly to visiting delegations of Chinese cities by ICF. October 2018

“Conversation with Space & Satellite Industry’s Mentor of the Year.”
SSPI Future Leaders Dinner, Silicon Valley, California, October 2018

“The Evolving Satellite Communications Market.”
Moderator, Spacecom, Houston, Texas. November 2018

“The Revolutionary Community: Creating a New Voice for Cities with Ancient Wisdom.”
Internet of Cities Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, February 2017

“An Intelligent Community Forum - Broadband’s Foundational Role in Building a More Socially, Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Boulder.”
City of Boulder, Colorado (USA), April 2017

“Annual Business Summit Keynote.”
Walla Walla, Washington (USA), May 2017

“Is IOT the Next Big Thing?”
Guest Moderator, Broadband & High-Throughput Satellite Roundtable, Washington, DC, May 2017

“Big Ideas in Small Towns.”
New York State Conference of Mayors Annual Workshop, Saratoga Springs, NY (USA) May 2018

“XII Metropolitan World Congress: Urban Regeneration.”
Montreal, Canada, June 2017

“Future Proofing A City AFTER Technology.”
“Humanizing Data: How Intelligent Communities Arise and Awaken.”
Silicon Harlem, New York, October 2017. (Assembled global panel from Australia, Canada, Asia)

Hunan, China delegation of city, academic and private sector leaders, New York Open Center, October 2017 (Part of a series of talks given regularly to visiting delegations of Chinese cities.)

“The Intersection of Satellite Launch Innovation & Economics.”
Moderator, Satellite Innovation Conference, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, October 2017

“Successful Experiences of Smart Cities.”
Keynote, Smart City Conference, Binh Duong, Vietnam, November 2017

“The Broadband Imperative: The 4th Utility Defining Intelligent Communities.”
Alliance for Innovation BIG IDEAS Conference, October 2016, Dublin, Ohio (USA), February 2016

“Policy to Practice for Smart Cities,”
New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York, February 2016

“The Intelligent Community Movement.”
Innovative Systems Users Group Conference, Mitchell, South Dakota (USA), April 2016

“The Intelligent Community Top7 Talk.”
New Taipei City Welcomes ICF, New Taipei, Taiwan, April 2016

“The Rise of the Intelligent Community in NY State,”
NY State Local Government IT Directors Association, Keynote Address, Saratoga Spring, New York (USA), May 2016

“Address to the Leadership: How You Got Here!”
Surrey, British Columbia (Canada) City Hall, May 2016

“From Revolution to Renaissance,”
Keynote Address, Saratoga Springs Stakeholder Leadership Luncheon, Saratoga Springs, New York (USA), May 2016



“No Place Like Home (Não existe lugar como a nossa casa).”
TEDx Rio Talk, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2016

“Bringing Citizens into the City Planning Process” (Moderator)
THINK Canada, ICF Smart21 Announcement, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 2016

“The Broadband Imperative – The 4th Utility,”
Alliance for Innovation’s Big Ideas Conference, Dublin, Ohio (USA), October 2016

“The Satellite Data Revolution” (Moderator & Presenter)
SpaceCom, Houston, Texas (USA), November 2016

“The Rise of Intelligent Communities in Vietnam,”
Keynote Address, Binh Duong, Vietnam, December 2016

"The Rise of the Wisdom City"
Jinan Municipal Urban Landscaping Bureau, China, December 2015

"Building Strong Constituencies in Cities"
IBM Leaders Edition, November 2015

"Going from Smart to Intelligent" 
Keynote Address, Telefonica’s Smart City Forum: Transformando ciudades para mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas, Lima, Peru, November 2015

"The Rise of the Intelligent Community Worldwide"
Organization Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, China, November 2015

"The Middle of Nowhere is No More. How Satellites Make Smart Cities Intelligent"
Moderator & Speaker, C3 Summit, Union League, New York City, New York, USA, October 2015

"The Rise of the Intelligent Community"
Cleveland Foundation FRED Talk, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, September 2015

"Intelligent Communities & Urban Design"
Changchun Institute of Urban Planning and Design, China, September 2015

"From Revolution to Renaissance"
Keynote Address, Verizon’s Internet of Things Smart Cities Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, August 2015

"Best Practices in Changing Times"
Guest Panelist, USA Federal & State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services, New York, NY (USA), July 2015

"Big Ideas Start Small: NY State & the 'New Renaissance'"
Keynote Address, New York State Conference of Mayors & Municipal Officials Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY (USA), May 2015

"The People for Smarter Cities: an IBM Event"
Moderator, IBM Leadership Edition Roundtable, Webinar, March 2015

"Civic Engagement Among the Disrupted Communities"
Keynote Address, Smart Cities Expo, Montreal, March 2015

"Not Smart, but Wise & Intelligent!"
Keynote Address to Chinese Association of Science &Technology, New York (USA), February 2015

"The Rise of the Wisdom City"
Private Keynote Address to Chinese Ministry of Industry & Information Technology, New York (USA), December 2014


"What Transportation Enables: Creating an Intelligent City"
Keynote Address, Association of Quebecoise de transport (AQTr) conference, Montreal, Canada, November 2014

"The NOW of the Intelligent Community Movement: The Future of Connected Cities and Towns"
Keynote Address, Connected Future Congress, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Ohio, October 2014

Zacharilla-Podium2_sml.jpg"Intelligent Communities Connect: Columbus & Curitiba (Brazil) Sister Cities Announcement"
Keynote Address at 18th Annual Sister Cities Meeting of Greater Columbus, Columbus State College, Columbus, Ohio (USA), October 2014

"The University Is the New Factory Floor"
Keynote Address, Virginia Technology, National Capitol Region campus, Arlington County Virginia (USA), August 2014

"Smart Cities: Building & Regenerating Communities at the Intersection of Planning, Design & Technology"
Guest Lecturer, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master Class, June 2014

"The Rise of the Intelligent Community in North Africa"
Keynote Address at First Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa, Al Akhayayn University Ifrane, Morrocco, June 2014

"The Rural Imperative & the Intelligent Community"
Keynote to Quitman, Mississippi and Mississippi State University leadership, Quitman, Mississippi, May 2014

Zacharilla_During_2014_Site_Visit_Toronto.jpg"The Future of Collaboration"
Annual New Horizons New Year’s Address at the Evoluon, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, January 2014

"Is Your City Only Smart – or Is It Intelligent?"
Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec (APDEQ), Keynote, Gatineau, Quebec (Canada), October 2013

"The Rise of the Intelligent Community"
City of Brantford Mayor’s Luncheon Series, Keynote,” Brantford, Ontario (Canada), June 2013

"The Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year & Why They Matter"
Cisco Systems “Meeting of the Minds Series,” New York, June 2013

"The Renaissance of the Small Community - Australian Information Industry Association"
Dinner Keynote, Brisbane, June 2013

"The Emergence of the Intelligent Community"
Australian Digital Productivity Conference, Keynote, Brisbane, June 2013

"New Voices for Old Truths: the Role of the Modern Library in an Intelligent Community"
International Federation of Library Association, Mexico City, March 2013

Zacharilla-Smiling_sml.jpg"Visioning an Open Society"
2012 Nobel Peace Prize Conference, Oslo, Norway, December 2012

"Inspiration, Illumination & Innovation"
Toshiba Symposium, Washington DC, December 2012

"Building the Community for the 21st Century"
Leadership Forum, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, North Canton, Ohio, USA, October 2012

"Universal Truths About Cities" Keynote Address
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting, Langfang, China, May 2012

"Louie Communities" Keynote Address
Saskatchewan 3.0 Summit, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, April 2012

"Community as Canvas" Keynote Address
Community Survivors Series, Everett, Washington, USA, April 2012

"Creating Intelligent Communities for the South Pacific Islands and Asia" Workshop
Pacific Telecommunications Council, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 2012

Intelligent Community Briefing
Governor Abercrombie's Hawaii Broadband Assistance Advisory Council , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 2012

Zacharilla-S21-Oct-350.gif"The Community as Canvas," Opening Keynote Address
STRIJP Festival – Art Loves Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 2011

"Energizing Communities for the 21st Century," Keynote Address
Southern Piedmont Technology Council Annual Meeting, Danville, Virginia, USA, November 2011

"Opportunities and Obstacles: Building Intelligent Communities in Central & Eastern Europe," Keynote Address
Roundtable hosted by The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Central European University’s Business School, Budapest, Hungary, October 2011

Moderator, World Summit
Satellite Finance & World Satellite Business Week, CEO Panel, Paris, September 2011

Keynote Address
Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces Governors' Leadership Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, June 2011

Keynote Address
British Columbia Economic Development Summit, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, June 2011

Keynote Address
SmarterCape Summit, Hyannis, Massachusets, USA, May 2011

"The Rise of the Intelligent Community" Keynote
Smart City Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2010

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