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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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Wearables 1.0 - Sports, Health, Sustainability and Energy

Working out is a pain, it's even worse when you've managed to pull yourself off the couch to drag yourself to the gym and you aren't even sure if you are doing the exercises correctly. Not to mention, the watch on your arm is telling you that your heart is beating like crazy but what about telling you if you should do more reps vs more weights? or if the way you're doing the barbell lift is safe? are you even tightening... more »

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In Support of bike lanes & the bicycle network of Calgary

Bike lanes and the bicycle network of Calgary has become an integral and innovative sector of city transportation. Cultivation of new ideas and investment in better ways of getting around town on a bike has been steadfast as changes in technology (e.g., folding bikes, 700C tires and fenders, E-bikes) and outdoor apparel continue to roll forward. We see from the bike count data obtained from counters at 25 locations (City... more »

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

Modular farming

Buildings similar to storage lockers could be built. ( employment for the trades)
in those buildings would house CONTAINER FARMS. (employment for manufactures)
The buildings provide a control environment for the container farms.
Reneable energies technologies could power the farms; solar, wind, geothermal.(employment for the New trades)
The container farms would be used to grow eatable products such as lettuce, herbs... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because of the positive impact it can have on the environment and employment. Normally container farming requires less space to produce a far greater yield. to feed the entire population of Calgary many building would be needed thus more work and potentially sell the produce to other cities.
the standard green house does not work in Calgary or there would be a great number of green houses around. that is why this is ambitious.
If Calgarians know where their vegetables are coming from and grown naturally maybe we would eat more vegetables and be a healthier city. this would also benefit the AHS.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By Yield of produce.
By employment numbers
By lower co2 emissions
By Financial data. Profit.

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

The use of computers could create the perfect environment for plants to thrive.
Data can help to determine the most beneficial and financial rewarding produce to grow.
Create the demand for renewable energy. the Buildings themselves could be used as power plants to collect and store wind and solar power to self sustain.

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"The Ministry of Silly Walking" crosswalk and plus 15 initiative

Increasing concerns over public sedentary behavior can be disconcerting. With ergonomic workplaces becoming the new norm for the next generation, how do we integrate this new culture of wellness into our community as efficiently as possible? If we create initiatives surrounding the kinds of movements with higher barriers to entry (silly walking), that when engagement does occur the novelty and experience may have the... more »

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Invest in AI Education - Start now before it's too late!

In China, the government has invested $1 billion on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research park.
AI is going to play an enormous part of our future. My suggestion is to give grants to AI programs offered by colleges, universities, etc... Put some standards in place and allow many colleges to apply for these grants. (standards such as: quality, ethics, hands-on learning etc...) Make sure many colleges/universities are... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

If we wait five years to invest in AI graduates, it'll be too late. Don't leave it to the schools to come up with the program fees. Tell them to start the programs and have the city pay for most of it, charging the students a nominal fee. Keep the standards high allowing only the best and brightest students to be accepted. The AI program is different from any other programs in that it needs to be singled out and given more funding. The bottom line is the program needs to be affordable for most Canadians.
Calgary cannot wait or we'll be left behind as other cities worldwide are already investing in AI education for its citizens.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgary can study other cities to find out how they are measuring the effectiveness of their AI education. Do this quick and start implementing a strategy as the "golden opportunity" is going to pass soon.

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

Technology will be a collaborative effort between the city and the education centers to provide state-of-the-art facilities whereby students can thrive in innovating AI. Students will have to utilize cutting-edge technology create the most advanced AI possible.

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Open Communication within Homelessness Sector

Accessing the right services, at the right time, is necessary to end homelessness. Sharing basic client information among the homeless serving agencies in Calgary will allow us to better serve the most vulnerable of individuals, stop clients from having to retell their story and prevent delays in service.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

Sharing information between organizations serving the same individual can help increase the continuity of care that individual receives, reducing the number of times they have to reiterate their needs and decreasing the possibility that they will experience negative outcomes because of a lack of coordination.

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

Recognizing the need to strike a balance between access to information for the benefit of clients and clients’ right to privacy, we are looking to technical innovation to develop recommendations of data types and unique identifiers for data sharing between sectors and agencies, where clients extend permission.

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Become Canadian leaders in dementia care

Create dementia villages with services, amenities and environments that provide an alternative to hospitalization or institutionalization and provides full scope of support and care for all vulnerable dementia patients and their families. Nobody should suffer from dementia without the benefit of a caring community. Calgary can become a leader in giving people with dementia the dignity they deserve.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"-More efficient care provided by health care workers who have access to health related data about the residents (see next section)
-Reduced incidences of residents languishing in hospitals if their 'homes' are in these villages
-Better quality of life for residents (dementia patients) living in the village communities (there are measures in health care for Quality of Life)
-Reduced health care costs in the long term

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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

"Connected technology within this advanced dementia healthcare setting could dramatically affect the healthcare providers' ability to provide accurate, efficient care to residents, and quick accurate information about the resident to their families. For example - assuming privacy issues are accounted for - if nursing staff each had a hand held device with resident specific information, it would make caring for them more seamless. They could always be aware of the whereabouts of each resident in the village; be notified immediately if a patient falls without the resident having to call for help; be notified when it is time to give medication and exact dosages; schedule health services such as bathing, hair dressing, dental care etc. so into one schedule. Family members would have access to the same information which would provide peace of mind to be able to follow and track the patient's daily activities from a distance; providing reassurance that they are eating, interacting, taking medication, etc.

Architects and health care providers have been successful at designing spaces and modified care plans that are suitable for people living with dementia in a community setting. This has been done and does work. See Hogewey in Holland. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwiOBlyWpko"

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Democratizing nature for a smart, healthy city

Equitable and resilient urban ecosystems lay at the foundation of a prosperous and smart city. Our program aims to use a spatial model to analyze Calgary’s neighbourhoods for equitable access to nature. Calgarians will be able to designate underserviced areas in their communities for ecosystem enhancement.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Epidemiological studies indicate an association between green spaces and various physical and psychological health outcomes. By developing a systematic approach to protecting, developing and managing our urban ecosystem, we will create opportunities for Calgarians to benefit from the free services described in the health literature such as stress reduction; immune system regulation; cardiovascular health, etc.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

100% of Calgarians will be within 400 metres of a meaningful nature experience. The City will have robust biodiversity models and datasets to support future ecosystem and development planning decisions.

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

Alberta health statistics and geospatial analyses will inform neighbourhood-level opportunity areas to reconnect Calgarians to nature. Communities will work with The City to implement, document and highlight biodiversity and nature enhancements within their neighbourhoods using apps supported by online datasets.

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