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On Demand Busing

Instead of running buses on fixed routes at all hours, use trip planning and usage data to determine optimal routes. You could also have transit users request pickup/drop-off destinations to adjust bus routes on the fly.

 

Would result in more efficient busing and likely serious cost savings.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Completed paradigm shift in how bus routes are setup and maintained. Would make better use of big data, crowd-sourcing, and GPS tracking.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Lower overall transit cost, shorter busing times, increased ridership.

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

Applications in statistical analysis, way-finding algorithms, big data, and crowd-sourcing.

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Consolidate, Densify, Invite, Entice, Grow

Consolidate - Find a low density/high vacancy section (existing infrastructure) OR new area of development of the Downtown core.
Densify - Rezone a few blocks including vacant commercial buildings into residential living
Invite - Invite smart city tech companies. Either: a) 1 or 2 large companies (i.e.Google - Sidewalk Labs) OR b) 5-6 small startups to use these commercial buildings and build an entire smart ecosystem... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Not only are we aiming to revitalize the economy, but we are looking to regain that momentum from Amazon's bid and grab another large scale company. We NEED DENSITY in Calgary, we NEED TRAFFIC in Calgary. These are signs of a vibrant city when people are constantly moving across the city to do a variety of things and not just stuck in our low density suburbs. Bringing in a large company to integrate a smart city development in the Downtown core (using existing or new infrastructure) not only helps to create a more effective, efficient, smart city, but also boosts tech investment as other companies will see the larger company exploring new cities. This would be a great opportunity to integrate with the new Green Line as well.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Create a similar proposal to that of Amazon to lure a company/companies that are looking for a test site for their technology. Make sure to have a clause that they have to hire X amount of Full timers and X amount of interns. We will know if its effective if a technology company decides to come up and take the offer. If they do thats great and we can measure effectiveness more so when they hire Albertans (looking for work and students), when we see other companies being created or coming up to the tech district in Calgary, regain density downtown, and there is an increase in STEM applications at our post-secondary institutions. If people want to move back to Downtown, especially in this region, then we know it's working.

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

There are countless ideas that can be integrated with technology and data, but we need to have density to have Big chunks of Data to actually make it valuable. Technology is just an arm of what we want it to do, but we need people to collect data from. We can build the perfect "smart" city, but if there are no people ready to move in or that want to go there, there is no data to truly make it into a smart city. We need density, we need a technology district, we need diversification. This is a great opportunity to truly rebuild Calgary as a city of the future and bring in a technology company that is well-funded and well-established to help build a smart city ground up with Albertan employees and students and give people a reason to want to live, play, and spend more time in Downtown Calgary.

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Modular Zero-Energy Smart Homes

What if Calgary led the world in making affordable 'smart-homes'. Modular, attractive yet minimalist zero-energy 1 & 2 bedrooms units using upcycled materials wherever possible in existing under-utilized communities. Real-time monitoring for energy usage vs energy created & a vibrant marketplace for folks to sell excess energy back to the grid, enabling you to own your home outright sooner just by living better. If the... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Most houses, especially affordable ones, look at sustainability at the end of a long list of other features. This effort should appeal to folks looking to be a part of the solution instead of the problem, which is a growing demographic worldwide. It's ambitious because it takes on the climate challenge head-on in one of the key battlegrounds: where we live.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Decrease in Calgary's overall CO2 output. Database of individual users & associated energy usage/output. Number of Calgarians living a lower-to-no carbon lifestyle & number of new, clean energy living units. Overall carbon footprint for users, neighbourhoods, communities & the city of Calgary moving in the right direction.

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

Zero-energy technology and realtime monitoring is critical for this effort to be successful. What if you could check an app on your phone and track where you are on your energy output that month? The more you get ahead the closer you are to paying off your mortgage? Can you compete with your neighbours? Can neighbourhoods compete against one another etc?

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Include tcket fair for LRT/BUS in event ticket

Many European Cities include the fair for the public transport in the event ticket price. For example a holder of a ticket for flames or stampeders game etc would have a day pass for LRT/Bus included in the ticket price. This will promote public transport and eliminate bottlenecks at the train stations and also lower cost for the public transport company. Other events organizers like concerts and fairs could include their... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will take cooperation from all stakeholders.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

People will like it and it will be easier for travelers and transport

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

Its been used all over the world, nothing new, just another step to make access to public transport easier.

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An upstream approach to urban development and economic benefits

If we are striving to build Calgary into a "resilient, inclusive and accessible community" then we do need a revolution. We need to look at new ways of building our city and supporting the wellbeing of us all. No more urban sprawl: stop all development of any new communities and focus on making the vast suburbs we have into complete communities and enriching the spaces we already have created. There is absolutely no... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It is ambitious because it means saying YES to a new way of life. It is a future of empowered communities, re-connecting with the natural world and by doing so harnessing the enormous potential of healthy ecosystems, renewable energy and human ingenuity. This is about working with the environment not against it. It is about LONGTERM planning and commitment, not just looking to the next fiscal cycle. It is about PROSPERITY for all, not just some - which makes us all stronger and happier people. It is about learning from our mistakes, not repeating them. It is about RESPECTING the wisdom of those whose peoples have lived on this land for thousands of years. It is about recognizing that all things are INTER-CONNECTED and INTER-DEPENDENT, that humans do not exist in isolation of each other or the world around us. It is about using less of everything and making the most of what we take. It is about treating others with kindness and dignity.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- decreased # of cars on the road; lowering avg GHG emissions and increased production of renewable energy; decreased waste; decrease in households living below poverty line; decreased homelessness; increased amount of green space and healthier natural ecosystems in and around the city; more investment in circular economic strategies

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

The models and tools already exist - we just need leaders willing to use them and commit to them. We need every decision made to have this vision in mind and they must always align with these principles of being "resilient, inclusive and accessible" as a litmus test. We need to work with existing industries to move toward cleaner and greener technology solutions and putting more money in the pockets of Canadians and less in foreign banks. Is there a minimum local investment opportunity? It is time for governments and decision-makers at all levels to do what they are meant to do: consider the well-being of the people and environment they serve. We need a revolution that prioritizes principles of global citizenship in all leadership. The technology is there but it needs to be incentivized to flow into creations that fit with this vision. early childhood development investment, basic income, rent control, rent subsidies, complete neighbourhood development, active transportation, investment in students and newcomers. So many solutions exist - it's about putting them into action. Host more live hackathons to stimulate innovation, bring business, NGO, civil society together to solve problems together. We need to invest in people, the technology will follow.
We need our planners and government to start looking at things holistically and as interconnected.
The prairie climate centre http://prairieclimatecentre.ca/
http://theconversation.com/how-canadas-oil-capital-can-become-a-climate-leader-92909
https://www.cagbc.org/zerocarbon
Follow recommendations made by Sustainable Calgary, Alberta Riparian Habitat Management, and other experts in this field.
Give more to Momentum and Thrive and local business investment
Give scholarships for tech and green business training and promote synergies -- use networks and technologies already existing and those being developed
Breakdown silos using technologies to connect needs and new business ideas, jobs and people looking for work experience, harnessing volunteers and youth
Use the Climate reality project benchmarks
Listen to people already living off the grid, and engineers who can create new efficiencies and new systems
Technology + diverse voices + nature + equity = solutions
Now is the time for bold leadership and urgent action.
Money is a human construct, we created it and now it's time we gain control of it again, not let it control and subjugate us anymore.

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Public Transit Tracking System

Basic idea: equip all buses and Ctrains with GPS and create an app so that users can tell exactly where their next bus is and how many minutes for YOUR stop. It's a real time map and a text interface.

 

Possible extension: wireless internet access on the bus for patrons.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will include every single individual bus and train active at any moment. People can access these data any time anywhere, and schedule their time more sensibly. Every citizen can have the app for their phone, tablet, or computer. It could help everyone!

Imagine that you left your laptop on the bus. In ten seconds you can find out where that bus is, and you could intercept it and retrieve your item! Imagine knowing that it takes 3 minutes to get to your bus stop and having an alarm sound when it was time to leave. No more frozen cheeks.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Clearly the accesses to the live system could be counted, since they are on online. Queries for individual buses, routes, or riders can be assessed. The app could have a direct link for service and complaints, available at the press of a button.

And, of course, if ridership increases it will be a huge win.

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

That part is clear. GPS technology is cheap and easily available now. Most cellphones possess a GPS chip. Putting one or two on each bus would not be remarkably expensive. Creating a link to a central computer could be accomplished easily as well, either using wireless access along the routes (which could perhaps be extended so that riders could access the internet) or at worst by access points at each stop.

The real technology would be the software, which could provide:

  1. A real time map.
  2. The location of buses on any route.
  3. Accurate ETA for any specific stop.
  4. Estimated trip time, including transfer connections.

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Cohousing: Affordable, sustainable and social supportive

Cohousing is a Denmark concept. It describes neighborhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. The concept of sharing spaces and everyday lives It is also an affordable and sustainable living way with energy saving effects of sharing common spaces, and an example of community living.
It is a solution for low-income people but also for insolate people... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Create a sustainable community where neighbours learn to support each other. Bring economical and mental health benefits to the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Energy saving effects of sharing common spaces. By pooling resources to build and maintain common eating, dining and recreational facilities, savings on materials, manpower and ongoing energy and maintenance costs are significant.

Read more: What is Cohousing and How Does it Work? | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072215/what-cohousing-and-how-does-it-work.asp#ixzz5Ayjy8F2i

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

Applying green energy concepts to make those smart buildings and sustainable communities.

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Social Calgary Mobility Platform

Shift social responsibility back into the community by creating a socially responsible mobility platform, that allows a city to operates like a village. The platform will be used by both people who are in need of social support, and those able to offer support. The app will act as social infrastructure matching people with what they need for a price they can afford. It will give Calgarians the opportunity to show our... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It is ambitious because it applies aspects of the share economy to social responsibility. It takes a model similar to Airbnb, and uses the same digital infrastructure, but applies it to a social need. The application is also ambitious, as it would be done in partnership by citizens and the government to create offerings that are integrated with the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

It can be easily compared to other mobility applications that have peer-to-peer interaction, user-generated content, and utilize a share economy (Airbnb, Uber, Kijiji). Mobility applications of this type are effective because they can quickly match demand with need. They are flexible, adaptable, and affordable because they use large networks of users to deliver the services. This will be effective in the same way because it will be created using the same system architecture.

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

Technology and data is at the centre of this idea. Users will generate the content and the mobility platform will act as the infrastructure to provide the services.

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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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Airport Train

Finish the train to the airport and phase out diesel powered vehicles as calgary has seen an increase in air pollution.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Train will remove vehicles off the road. Eliminating diesel vehicles will improve air quality.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Air quality studies.

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

Air quality studies

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What Industries Are We Going to Focus On To Diversify?

I see technology as a means to an end, it is used to be more competitive, more efficient, reducing costs to deliver goods and services that Calgarians want and need. I think we need to step back from the race to create more technology and decide what industries we want to focus on to diversify our economy. Any economy has natural advantages. Calgary's and Alberta's clearly rely on energy but where can we focus our efforts... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

I am not sure it is ambitious. I really like the technology ideas I see, I don't understand them but I like them. But I am left asking: what industries are we going to apply this technology to, to revolutionize it, to gain competitive advantage, to increase jobs and diversity?

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If we focus on some key industries in Calgary, economic growth, prosperity, and employment will grow, and is readily measurable. There are a number of indices that measure the makeup of the Calgary economy, and if we use technology and data well, we will see increased diversity.

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

My idea is that we need to decide on what we want to focus on, then use technology and data to create a competitive advantage. My votes would be for agriculture, tourism, hospitality, logistics, and manufacturing.

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Amalgamate Calgary Parking Authority and City of Calgary Roads

Amalgamation of Calgary Parking Authority into City of Calgary Transportation Dept with or under Roads.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is not ambitious just a solid arguement. CPA is duplicating work by City of Calgary Roads Department just ask the Traffic Engineering Dept and Traffic Field Operations inaccurate billing for work orders. It’s all wasted taxpayer dollars. I request that you do a study before you hire the next CPA General Manager as clearly the last hire/fire was inappropriate with women and general responsibilities, not to mention the previous fiasco with CPA.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-parking-authority-settles-parkplus-lawsuit-1.1332928.
It’s not public but the CPA and Roads workforces know and it’s been incredibly destructive for morale. Parkplus system is also dying with the waves of better technology.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Ask yourselves how much you have spent trying to sell the outdated Parkplus System and how much revenue it has brought into the City? International Parking Institute does not promote Parkplus and here’s the best apps. https://www.parking.org
Ask yourselves with a continuous declining economy start of 2014 what is the return revenue CPA brings in? Rates have been dropped so expect a smaller return City Council.
Duplicated work that could be absorbed by The City of Calgary - technicians, CFO, HR, GM, local38 employees, IT, the list goes on and on and on... snow route parking bans, I could make lists all day.

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

Stop wasting money to sell a pipe dream called Parkplus. CPA has to go back to their traditional services, parking enforcement and collection of revenue. Parkplus was designed in 2004, that’s 14 years ago, technology has changed Parkplus has not. Consolidate CPA with Roads and cut the most expensive part out wasting time and taxpayer dollars on medical, dental, wages, pensions,snow removal, HR, and every duplicated job that cost the taxpayers money. CPA is not a business.

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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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Environmental Attributes (EA) for Business

The Plugging In: Opportunities to Procure Renewable Energy for Nonutility Companies and Institutiona in Alberta by the Pembina Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute for Calgary Economic Development outlines a complex process for Information Technology, Consumer goods and other corporations to purchase renewable energy through environmental attributes (EAs) Simplifying this process by certifying environmental attributes... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

To meet Canada's climate change targets in 2050, business must be engaged. As per the government of Canada's submission to the UN, this is a monumental task and a transition of our society.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured by the number of Environmental attribute (EA) contracts, the dollar value of the contracts, the number of environmental GHG projects and the number of companies participating.

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

Information Technology companies and consumer good companies have set targets for 100% renewable energy. This is done using a very risky virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) process. By simplifying and certifying the environmental attribute (EA) process, it allows IT companies to meet the renewable energy targets.

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Solid waste to energy plant facility

An incineration plant that is capable of material and energy recovery from solid waste (municipal and industrial) operating economically, efficiently and environmentally friendly.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea if each and every Calgarian would want to be an environmentally conscious city which this project provide.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea would be for long term and as soon as this facility became operational rapid changes can be observe. Not only it resolves the growing problem on waste management, it is also an alternative cheap energy resource.

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

This idea is considered to be attainable since Japan is using this kind of waste management system and continously developing it through time.

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