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Meet Up Office Space on the Go

Increased utilization of City owned real-estate for use of entrepreneurs as meeting or office space. This will add a new revenue stream for the city by renting out these space on hourly basis through a phone bar-code scan mechanism and provide an economical way for collaboration to take place in different areas of the city. Given the high office space vacancy rate in Calgary this service once pilot tested and proven on city owned spaces could be rolled out to private property owners to join while city charges an overhead fee. The service after successful history could be sold to a private firm to manage.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary has a high ratio of independent consultants and entrepreneurs than any other Canadian city. For this group it is not often possible to lease office space. And if you've young kids you can't typically work from home. Also, if you're travelling from out of town and wish to have a meeting with a local client, a temp meeting room easily booked through an app provides a quick way to have business discussions. Coffee shops are noisy and public and it is difficult to have business conversations in a public setting especially when confidentiality is needed or you wish to have a larger group and if you want to have a conference call. A private setting is more suitable.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Providing safe, accessible places where entrepreneurs can interact, have business conversations, share start-up business ideas will provide a safe and accessible platform distributed throughout the city that will be not only add a revenue stream for the city but also facilitate collaboration.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

An app will be needed to show all the meetup spaces available on a map, windows available and rates. When you sign-up for a slot you'll be given a bar-code that you scan at the meetup entry and scan again when you leave and you'll be charged for the time you used the space. You will be able to rent a shared space or a private space.

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