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Diversifying YYC's Workforce & Digital Fluency for Students

Calgary currently lacks the ICT talent to bring itself into the future. There are existing efforts to create the infrastructure needed for tech giants to operate in Calgary, but we need to offer formal and informal computer science learning opportunities for all citizens. By 2020, we will teach coding/robotics in schools, quadruple computer science graduates (currently graduating only 1000 per year) and create a culture... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

In our recent bid for HQ2, we learned that we have most of the characteristics required to attract a tech giant like Amazon, with the absence of an appropriate workforce. The ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council) predicts a need for 17,300 new ICT position in Alberta by 2019, but we graduated only 1000 comp sci graduates in 2017.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Economic diversification and potential to attract and retain global IT giants to our amazing city. Higher employment rates and the ability to build new business, and economic growth, around technology. Many organizations are predicting the fastest economic growth in ICT, and we must move in this direction to stay relevant and prosperous.

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

Online learning is the fastest and most economical way to scale up learning opportunities. This would leverage Alberta's world renounced education system, but could create more targetted learning. Through regular student assessment, mapping results against a curriculum, and creating custom learning, students will be able to move at their own pace. Students with strong self-agency could fast-track, creating ICT professionals more quickly than currently available.
Additionally, we could create an online mentorship network for emerging ICT talent to support one another through skill acquisition or the development of new ICT start-ups. Calgary is capable of attracting global giants, but I think we are also capable of creating global giants as we are starting to demonstrate with companies like Benevity.


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