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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

LET'S MAKE CALGARY THE MOST CONNECTED CITY IN THE WORLD!

Calgary has an opportunity to be the first city in the world to introduce a new kind of infrastructure, one that could radically improve how citizens, government and business connect and coordinate services.

The new infrastructure is a digital communication network that provides a digital address to all buildings and lots. Similar to a social network each unique building and lot has a unique profile with only limited... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The more connected a community is:

a) the greater the variety of services
b) the lower the cost of services
c) the higher the quality of life

To date, modern infrastructure services aimed at connecting citizens have focused on physical things like roads, airports, electrical lines and so on. From time to time new technologies are invented, and a community must introduce new kinds of infrastructure to enable new types of services, just like we did with the introduction of electricity, telecommunications, and internet.

Building this infrastructure will enable new kinds of services while reducing the cost of delivery and management of existing of existing se​rvices. Like all good infrastructure, it opens endless new possibilities, some which are easy to see while others cannot be forecasted.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Improved CITIZEN - CITIZEN Communication
- Address-based communication: (optional to block or restrict)
- Send a neighbour an invite to an event
- File a complaint directly to a neighbour (without disclosing your id, not a written message just a multi-select like mow-lawn, shovel snow etc.) If the issue is not resolved, then it can escalate to the city
- Share an emergency response data set with a neighbour. No one can the see details unless they open it and when they do you get a notification but now if something happens they have means to help meaningfully
- coordinate community initiatives, collect qualified feedback and votes etc

Improved CITIZEN - BUSINESS Communication
- Businesses can connect their service offerings to a property, and building occupants/owners can see them in an app store type interface. The service """"app store"""" simplifies finding and managing services for consumers
- Local business could be highlighted in the app store like service listings to help them grow
- Citizens can opt into promotional offerings from vendors which allows them to see specials and promotions
- Once you've added a service provider, you have a real-time chat and a full history of all orders, information and communications
- Business has improved visibility with simple tools to help customers consume their services which means lower costs and higher revenues
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Improved CITIZEN - GOVERNMENT Communication
- Government services and representatives can link to each property similar to the business services
- Once citizen or business connects to a property, they would instantly be connected to all their government representatives and could easily see/create events, chats, and so on
- Governments would now have a mechanism with the required level of security and authentication to enable a digital option for voters. Voting could start with use on small issues and overtime, as people become familiar and comfortable could be scaled up for every type of voting
- Census information could be easily collected as it could be part of a person's profile and an option is granted to use the data for Census. Census collectors could skip homes which use the digital option saving thousands of hours of labour
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Improved EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Each resident can create an emergency response data set which includes whatever data they deem important. This could range from relatives and their phone numbers to medications to pets to names, ages and bedroom locations of children. This data is cryptographically locked and is not visible until it is accessed. The creator gives emergency services a digital key if needed the department uses it to view the data. If this happens, the owner of the data gets a notification with details about who looks at it and when.
- Emergency service groups can also send out notifications to a geographic area and know that messages will also be delivered to people who may not currently be in the area. For instance, a fire is occurring, and emergency services can transmit a recorded call or text the """"Occupants"""" of neighbouring homes. If someone is across town, they still get the call because of their relationship to the property
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Improved BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT communication
- Getting a permit is often complex and costly as it requires research into who to even contact. By Government departments to connect their services to a property simplifies everything for them and business. Now a company will be able to select a property and instantly connect to all the right departments and people
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LET'S MAKE CALGARY THE MOST CONNECTED CITY IN THE WORLD!

These are only a few of the measurable outcomes. What is exciting is it all comes from connecting buildings and lots to a social network like structure, and using relationships between the property and people, government and business to simplify how we connect as a community.

This is the future. Let's take the lead and put our city on the world stage for technology innovation and rachet even higher on the quality of life rankings!

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

This application requires technology that has already been developed but not yet implemented for a city.

Ideally, data about buildings and lots would be connected directly i​n the network.

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Promote Community Engagement - explorcity

How many of you can't find something to do on the weekend? Or how many of you find out too late about an exciting event that you missed? It happens more often than you think.

Those who do put in the effort in trying to find fun things to do with their family and friends usually end up doing a "quick" Google search and end up with tons of results. Although the results are helpful and give you a good idea about what is... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"Calgarians will become more involved in the city and more aware of what's going on around them. They will be exposed to more opportunities and more people with a variety of backgrounds and interests. The community engagement within Calgary can drastically increase, making Calgarians feel more included in the city that they call home. Explorcity can contribute to these benefits by allowing people to discover and enjoy their city in a way that is easy and convenient.
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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

With technology, explorcity will be readily available and accessible for all people. I will soon be graduating from Software Engineering at the University of Calgary and I have some ideas about how the system could be implemented. Using data mining techniques, information related to events in the city can be collected and aggregated from multiple sources via web scraping and use of public APIs. Web and mobile application development will be needed for a user-friendly interface. Lastly, machine learning techniques could be applied to help personalize a user's experience by recommending events and activities based on their history and interests.

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Calgary Green Produce Integration Edited

The Future of Farming





Modern society has found itself based around sprawling urban hubs. These dense cities, often far from where our food is grown, pose gargantuan logistics challenges, often costing lots of time, money, and fuel. Through urban farming, we are able to not only slash this logistics chain, we are also able to localize the economy, more efficiently... more »

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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

CoHousing proponent :)

A Community Economic Development initiative that is currently in the planning phase. Mixed commercial/residential co housing from "retirement" to hospice. The community will be designed to support people through varying types of loss -aging in place with internal and external community supports. It comprises three revenue generating, purpose driven, charitable social enterprises that will be operated by the community.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

While varying aspects of this concept are found in many places throughout the world, there is no community that interweaves all these elements.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Cohousing - Denmark, UK, US, Aus
Purpose Driven Organization - Love and Cugnon
Logotherapy - Dr Viktor Frankl https://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning

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

Technology - Architectural designs support the community (University of Calgary Research)
Data - I am not entirely clear on what this criteria means in this community concept. Could it be in terms of research?
Community Prosperity, Social Innovation and Community Development - Mount Royal University Research

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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Centralized Mobile Application For Affordable Housing Initiative

Create a City of Calgary centralized mobile application that will improve the cities delivery of service our existing & new communities, it will address the major concerns of existing communities where affordable housing initiatives take place. This will be done by:
- Using a Community/Neighbourhood function to address security concerns like adding a Neighbourhood Watch reporting function to make it easy for everyone... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will streamline & cut costs in the affordable housing initiative process by:
- Focusing on smart phone use & going paperless using it to communicate directly with residents and key stakeholders to inform/bring motions forward, allow for voting and collect feedback in a timely manner.
- Use mobile phones as a tool to help assure communities that their security and safety needs won't be neglected, by adding a Neighbourhood Watch function, they have access to cameras and at the swipe of a button can share information with locals or the police depending on the nature of the concern. This ensures that more residents are aware of any criminal activity in their community and gives them a simple tool to participate more in the protection of their property.
- The application can help increase productivity in the council which will allow existing residents and new residents to get better service delivery.
- Learning Functions can be added to induct new residents via video and a quiz prior to moving into their new home and new residents can request to meet a local volunteer(s) or browse through the community board from their mobile phone so they can get familiarized by existing locals and find their own ways of getting involved in their new community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- We can measure its effectiveness by running a comparison of the costs we can reduce or eliminate using the mobile applications functionalities as an alternative to existing systems and determining how best those savings can be put towards the affordable housing initiative.
We can use the mobile application to measure and determine the type of feedback we get from different communities concerning the different initiatives and this can help decision makers when it comes to addressing major concerns with such projects.
-The mobile applications will demonstrate its resilience, inclusive and accessibility for communities by providing a platform for other innovators in our ecosystem to bring forward more ideas and allow our city to partner with them so we can integrate more smart city technologies and data into affordable housing initiatives, we can continue to transform our communities creating more jobs and opportunities.
- If we take into account the satisfaction the existing residents feel during and after these initiatives and match it with the new residents via the mobile application, we can get a better sense of the needs that we met and the other needs we are yet to meet using this type of a platform.

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

The idea is easy to attain because we have technology already and its only a matter of engaging everyone our communities to determine what types of functions they will require for them to appreciate the platform.
- A workshop is always the first step to meeting with the existing communities and other stakeholders involved with the affordable housing initiative. We can then bring forward the critical questions that will help us determine exactly what we need to make the application successful for both the City of Calgary, its residents, the businesses and all our stakeholders.
- The process is simple and with the support of the city we can use this platform to create opportunities for us to exploit new technologies and detailed data to address issues related to the affordable housing initiative more effectively.

www.buildtech.io

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Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund

Anti Racism collaboration - Roundtable Grant Funding initiatives

Hello,

I have been working on Anti Racism and am currently a Director with the Rutland Park Community Association for the last seven years, we are a non profit society in good standing with liability insurance, we would like to collaborate with individuals or groups that align with our "Inclusive and diverse communities" vision statement, we can assist in writing the grant application.

(pending review of grant restrictions)... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Calgary Holistic Actions for Renewable Microgrids (CHARM)

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International team including Calgary inventors, entrepreneurs, investors… wants to demonstrate how to standardize microgrids so that they can all talk to each other and interact. That's an absolutely critical step if microgrids are going to be as important and valuable as we think they can be. We suggest that Calgary could show that microgrids can be implemented cost effectively to provide resilience and... more »

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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Reviving the heritage with technology and restructure.

The seed of this idea comes from city’s mission statement for this project combined with the vision I have for Calgary to grow as a culturally enriched city. Calgary’s core downtown culture lacks “street drama” (description below) and needs more shared spaces that are entrepreneurial and allows citizens to come together, create, develop and share ideas. This idea allows development of inner city culture, downtown core... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The development of downtown’s East village has proved that, it is important to have a great mix of new and old in order to retain the cultural richness of city. It also authorizes cleansing of space which traditionally has stereotypical sentiments attached to it. Similar to Simmon’s block which houses businesses and allows a shared space for businesses; it is important to look into developing areas that surround Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre as well.

Repurposing historical buildings into cultural spaces will allow the use of pathway’s, bike lanes and slowly divert the inherent issues that an area surrounding rehab’s and drop in’s face and eliminate stereotypical fears that citizens have for areas surrounding Drop-In centres. It helps develop the East village further, supporting downtown living and growth of businesses in surrounding areas creating more jobs and opportunities. It also permits use of technology new and existing to flourish hand in hand as city repurposes it old with new.

There are various examples all over North America which used similar idea, which proved to be successful to create the creative, economical and entreprenurial richness of the city.One such example is linked below:

 

https://epicureandculture.com/historical-buildings-accommdation-cultural-spaces/

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The increased used of pathways, bike lanes, development of areas with more cultural richness, more shared spaces eliminating crime in and around Drop- In centre. the most direct effect of this could be measured by the amount of jobs and business opportunities that the reinvention of this space will permit.

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

Use of technology, architecture, newer construction methods, creative collaboration and public input are the most important aspects of projects like such. The redevelopment of spaces with historical significance requires use of technology, IT, newer and ecological methods of construction and creative collaboration which can be used from local artists. All these simple factors constitutes the scope of technology that is required to reinvent and redevelop and re use this space into something more meaningful.

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Podcast Discussing Racism in Calgary

What informs Businesses, Organizations and Public Institutions about Black people in Canada? In the absence of accurate information it is inevitable that assumptions are made; assumptions that become the basis for prejudice and discrimination.

Federal statistics indicate that the majority of Canadians who are classified as Black have experienced and continue to face diverse forms of racism in their interaction with Businesses,... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Commuter bike lanes to parallel transit/BRT corridors

A healthy and green city. A city that moves. A city of safe and inspiring neighborhoods. Reduced carbon emissions. Healthier people. Reduced traffic congestion. Reduced traffic accidents. These are the objectives of the City of Calgary and its constituents.

These objectives can all be achieved by amending the standard design guidelines and creating a policy to mandate separated, protected commuter bike lanes as part... more »

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City Policy and Planning through a Whole System Approach Edited

This proposal approaches reducing emissions in Calgary in order to reach its target goals, through environmental policy and city planning using Poland and Dooris' (2010) article as a guide. The guide states that addressing climate change requires the following 6 principles:

• Adopt a 'whole system' approach: i.e., investigate the 'cyclical' nature of implementing policies

o e.g., When citizens choose to walk to work,... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

The SolFood Project

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Be it destructive hailstorms, as witnessed over the summer of 2020, or the extreme heat and drought which the prairie provinces are contending with, being a farmer or food producer is an arduous role. This is particularly true when one looks at the Calgary area, which faces unique challenges and uncertainty. For context, between the years of 1983 and 2008, insured crop loss claims in Alberta averaged $100mm.... more »

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Anti-Racism in Calgary's Non-Profit Organizations

Free online accessible training will be created and delivered to meet the specific needs of volunteers and employees of organizations in addressing racism in their organizations and daily lives.

Anti-racism is the practice of identifying, challenging, and changing the values, structures and behaviours that perpetuate systemic racism (Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat). In first assessing the scope of knowledge and tools... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Skipcrete and Rebelwall

Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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