The Republican National Committee's summer meeting kicked off in Boston's Seaport District Wednesday with some deep thinking from Newt Gingrich, the former presidential candidate and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gingrich urged the GOP to seize the "change" mantle from the Democrats, and rebrand itself as the party of the future.

Gingrich believes America is on the verge of what he terms a "breakout," a theory he explores in a soon-to-be-published book of the same name. Gingrich's "breakout" refers to a massive unleashing of creative potential aided by powerful new technologies. (Judging from his remarks today, Gingrich is especially taken with smartphones and apps.)

Politically speaking, Gingrich said today, the key is convincing the country that Democrats are retarding this breakout—and that Republicans are eager to facilitate it.

"What we have to do, in a sense, is be a party of optimism, and a party of hope—and then ally ourselves with all the people who are trying to invent the future," Gingrich said. "And then set up basically a fight between the pioneers, who want to create a dramatically better future, and the prison guards: the Food and Drug Administration, the IRS, the Environmental Protection Agency."

If Republicans heed this advice, Gingrich argued, they'll be able to vanquish presumptive Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"I don't think we can beat Hillary Clinton in a personality fight, because the news media will prop her up," Gingrich said. "I don't think she can win a fight if she has to be defending the prison guards of the past, and we get to be offering the pioneers of the future. If she has to defend the current failures, and we get to offer a dramatically better future, I don't think she can win that campaign."

Gingrich's exhortations come as the GOP tries to chip away at the Democrats' longstanding advantage when it comes to using technology to win elections—an advantage that helped Barack Obama cruise past Mitt Romney in 2012.

But an audience question for Gingrich today highlighted just how much catching up the Republicans have to do. "If we employ all these new apps on our smartphone," an older woman asked Gingrich, "does the Obama Administration have access to them, probably?"

Former congressional candidate Gabriel Gomez addresses the RNC Wednesday evening. The gathering runs through August 17 at the Westin Hotel.