Showing 47 ideas for tag "technology"

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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C-Train ticket validation

During times when you're rushing to get the train it can be time consuming to find your tickets, quickly validate them in the machine, then continue to run for your train.

My idea, is to create a smaller version of the currently existing validation machine and have one in each carriage of the train. This way, passengers won't have to run as much during rush hours and tickets can be validated with easy once leaving fair... more »

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Paperless transit

Instead of having to go to the store to buy bus tickets and passes, I think Calgarians should have the option to download the bus pass or tickets to their smartphone.

 

The bus pass will have an expiration date and automatically expire when the date is reached. The tickets will also have a count down once one is clicked and shown.

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

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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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Hydrogen+NG blended fuel for transit vehicles/trucks etc Edited

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The city has a growing compressed natural gas transit fleet. I would like to propose using hydrogen blended natural gas fuel for the city transit fleets (city buses) and city vehicles. Prior to the full-scale deployment of this idea, a pilot-scale project would be required to determine and collect the data.

Hydrogen can be transported in existing natural gas pipelines by blending it with natural gas (between 5 and... more »

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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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Free wifi on Calgary Transit

City of Calgary cTrains and buses should offer free wifi. The amount of morning and afternoon commuters that would be checking work emails would contribute to the economy, it would encourage transit ridership and the City could use the channel to promote things such as transit apps, low income assistance programs, bus pass reminders, etc.

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

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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Small Modular Nuclear Reactor for Electricity, Heat and Hydrogen Edited

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This idea is to eliminate all greenhouse gas associated with electricity production in Calgary. Small modular nuclear reactors (SMR) are being commercialized in Canada. SMR can be deployed near the city to generate the electricity required by the city. A couple of SMR will be sufficient to meet the Calgary supply demand. Residual SMR heat can be used to emission-free hydrogen utilizing a novel technology (Cu-Cl method)... more »

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Voter Experience

Pokemon-Go-Vote

This could take a few different forms. But the core idea is to take advantage of immersive social games tools to encourage people to find poling stations, visit those stations, and generate buzz around visiting them.

Games like Pokémon-Go make a profit off using public space for their game-play. Would their developers be willing to help create buzz on election day by positioning better characters, gyms and caches near... more »
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Mobile Ambassadors - Prevoting Surveys

Could we design a program where mobile ambassadors raise awareness of issues and help stimulate conversation? To keep the conversation as connected as possible we could use a digital tool like a touch or ipad.

 

(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design challenge, which used this topic as the focus for the event!)

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Beet ice and snow before Calgarians erupt

Beet 55 and Zeolite as snow and ice removers are a great innovation I first recall hearing about in the 1990's on a CTV news report about this idea by University of Colorado researchers.
I then followed up with my own research on this topic(not applied, but other reports os same). This idea then reverberated in my thinking since that time.
Due to the last few years of very unwalkable and slippery streets as senior... 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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