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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Biofoundry: A platform for life sciences development

The current economic environment of Calgary does not present an easy task in achieving sustainability. It is my belief that the ability to engineer biology is important in assisting the transition of our petrochemical based economy to one that is more circular and sustainable. The same way software has eaten so much of our world and changed the way we work and function, biology can do the same. My proposal outlines that... more »

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Bioplastic Alternatives and the Circular Economy trending idea

Resolving the global plastic waste problem requires a multi-faceted approach - legislation, scientific innovation, and changes to consumer behaviour.  We hope to provide bioplastic alternatives to single-use plastics that are dissolvable in water, made from food grade items/food waste, and are completely compostable in your backyard.  We're not talking about PVA, PLA, or PVOH. 

What started as a passion project has fully... more »

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Oil Well Geothermal Conversions

GeoGen Technologies Inc. is a Calgary-based cleantech startup that provides an innovative way to convert depleted oil and gas wells into micro geothermal electric power sources. GeoGen seeks to pioneer the micro geothermal industry by converting depleted oil or gas wells into a 75-150 kW electric power source. This new technology addresses a critical problem in the power industry by providing renewable baseload power... more »

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Startup to provide sustainable co-housing and provide jobs

A startup that will provide venture capital for co-housing of different types (community, dorm-style) and create jobs is what the city needs. This is not a typical social housing but catered to those who are working or receiving pension or new to the City with annual income of $xxxxx. The idea of living in an affordable "community" and make it sustainable or even create jobs that members would be benefit from is timely.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

We heard of families or citizens struggling during the economic downturn, unable to pay mortgages. There's so much hype on home ownership which eventually drive prices up and so in a downturn, people are not prepared for the worse.

The City of Calgary should be a "leader" in shifting the paradigm that "home ownership" is not about pricey homes or getting mortgages. It's about making living sustainable and affordable, thus creating "happy" citizens.

The idea is inspired by San Francisco's StarCity model (http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-middle-class-moving-to-community-housing-starcity-2018-3) and Netherlands' cohousing initiatives (http://www.lvcw.nl/teksten/Cohousing%20in%20the%20Netherlands%20-%20as%20presentated%20at%20the%20Summit.pdf)

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The startup business model (venture capital, business group, resources, business monitoring, etc.)

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

You can make use of current technologies like 3D print a home (https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/apis-cor-3d-printed-house/) or use of recycled lumber, home smart solutions that you can monitor via an Apple iPad or Android tablet.

Residents can respond to surveys like measure their happiness or satisfaction, monitor success or failure of their work or business, etc.

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Montreal, look how we’ve learned from you and what we’ve become.

Calgary is perceived by many as a boring, business, conservative town. A city where there’s no much to do. However, Cowtown has one of the most educated, multicultural and friendly populace in Canada, and it is surrounded by stunning natural spaces. If only Calgary were a little different…
This city, in my view, needs ubiquitous art, ongoing events that uses technology to AMAZE people, that make them want to stay and... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Through the use of technology and art alone we could transform Calgary into a desirable city for young people, students and immigrants both national and international, and increase tourism, art&tech entrepreneurship and diversification. In my view, technology and art does not necessarily require huge amounts of money to transform a place in unimaginable ways.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Montreal is one of the most interesting and appealing cities in Canada, at least in regard to tourism, festivals, young people wanting to live there. If we analyze most of the things they do in terms of creativity, we realize that it is an attainable thing for Calgary that could not only transform how the city is perceived, but also attract talent and create diversification. Calgary already has many good sides; watch the videos below to see what else could be possible.

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

- Use of software, projections, sound, lights, concert equipment
- Giving opportunities to tech entrepreneurs that want to create companies related to art
- Asking for help to entrepreneurs, artists, tech startups, volunteers who desire to transform Calgary
- Attracting video games, visual art companies and artists to the city

Montreal seems to know how to combine art and technology to create amazement in its population and visitors; and knows how to produce magnetism. I have lived in Montreal and visited the city in many occasions, and that feeling of amazement when you are there is real, regardless of the season of the year. Here are a few examples of things we could do like Montreal:

City & Art:

- Outdoor Video Projection - Cite Memoire


http://www.montrealenhistoires.com/en/cite-memoire/

- Montreal Mural Festival


https://www.instagram.com/muralfestival/
http://2017.muralfestival.com/en/home/

- Igloofest


https://igloofest.ca/en/

- Montreal en lumiere


http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/en-CA

- Montreal Pink Balls - Sainte-Catherine Street East
http://www.claudecormier.com/en/projet/pink-balls/

- Fireworks Festival


https://www.sixflags.com/larondeen/linternational-des-feux/overview

Music & Art:

- Osheaga Festival


https://www.osheaga.com/en

- Montreal Jazz Festival


http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

- Just for laughs festival


https://www.hahaha.com/en

 

  • Reactions of tourists experiencing Montreal:

 

Other links:

Why we should turn Calgary's empty office towers over to the creative economy
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/why-we-should-turn-calgary-s-empty-office-towers-over-to-the-creative-economy-1.4540775

 

Practical example of something that the city of Calgary could start doing:
- fill the +15 with art, see Montreal Art Souterrain (https://goo.gl/G5iGaM)
- use art inside ctrain cars
- use artistic projections instead of advertisement when possible
https://www.artsouterrain.com/en

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Construction 3D Printing Addresses Carbon Reduction/Housing Need

Calgary is a dynamic and diversified city, yet it is overwhelmed with the same problems that plague every community across Canada; a lack of affordable housing and a loss of housing affordability. Based in Calgary, 3DPHC - 3D Printed Homes Corporation is a pre-commercial construction company created specifically to address this issue.

Using large-scale 3D print technology, 3DPHC is on the cusp of introducing printed... more »

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Join Us In Building A Next-Generation Traffic Light Edited

Standard Traffic is a Calgary based technology startup focused on creating the future of traffic safety infrastructure. Our flagship product, the Standard Traffic Light, utilizes modern artificial intelligence technology to create a system that is able to detect potential collisions and alert drivers before they occur. We believe that by targeting the most significant source of traffic accidents in cities we can dramatically... more »

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PAAVAA for An Integrated City

A mobile application that connects people, that need and/or want services conveniently, to local, registered service providers. In the same method, it connects local service providers with customer requests immediatley and conveniently without registration fees or membership fees, and at a flat rate of $3.99 charged to service providers only once they secure a job through the application.

PAAVAA's mission is two-fold,... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

PAAVAA's primary purpose is to create a platform of entrepreneurs and local businesses that are easily accessible through a convenient, digital infrastructure.

The application fits well within the economic trend of using smartphones and mobile applications to get things done quickly and affordably. It also fits into the social trend of convenience, coupled with facilitations provided by technology: people are at home more than before and want quick solutions that are cheap and easy to use.

The market niche, of mobile applications, that PAAVAA currently operates within, is growing to become less niche and more widely adapted as a front or interface for many businesses. Further, the service leverages the fact that employment is becoming increasingly more competitive, and aims to capture people that want to start their own business (entrepreneurs) by providing them with a platform for operations and facilitation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By the number of users on the application- both service providers and customers looking for services. The number of registered businesses is a testament to the number of people that have taken the risk of opening up businesses in Calgary, and that are looking to service the city and its inhabitants and visitors effectively and affordably.

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

Technology is the foundation for this idea and application; leveraging mobile connectivity to keep everyone connected and provide businesses and entrepreneurs with opportunities to demonstrate their professionalism, experience and customer service proactivity.

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