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 »
Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2
"After one of the worst economic downturns, Calgary will revolutionize to become Canada's most resilient, inclusive and accessible community by increasing economic diversification to support our innovation ecosystem and partnering to integrate smart city technologies and data into affordable housing initiatives – creating more jobs and opportunities for all".
Now is the time to share big, smart and ambitious ideas on how to make it a reality. Use your creative thinking, inclusive spirit and bold, innovative solutions to put this vision into action through connected technology and data.
Note: this Phase of the challenge is now closed to new submissions
Find out more about Calgary's submission and how Calgary is a smart city at calgary.ca/smartcity.
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 »
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.
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 »
Imagine a system for a portion of City commuting with electric scooters, electric skateboards, electric bicycles or any of those small 1 to 2 person vehicles or devices.
Every Saturday. Create space for an open vendors market from May to September. Allow for small private vendors without an expensive license for the term or weekly. Invite amateur artists and musicians and of course food trucks.
Any new multi family complex built within Calgary , allocate 10% of the units to the poor or those waiting for permanent housing. The housing will come with stipulations that the tenant provide a 2 year action plan on how he/she them will dedicate themselves to achieving the goal of moving out of that unit. Whether it to obtain retraining, kick addiction, have stability within the family , escape violence or what ever.... more »
Install heated solar roads on tertiary routes to reduce the cost of snow removal and maintenance, reduce the amount of sand/rocks on the road, and reduce collisions. Use the revenue generated from the energy produced by the panels and the cost savings to expand the amount of solar roads and sidewalks in the city. Therefore not needing additional tax dollars to grow, and eventually lessen the tax burden on citizens.... more »
Offering an “opt in” program to install an inexpensive cellular device on the existing water meter. The customer would then have access to 15 minute water usage data via smartphone app (you can download “eye on water” for free demo) and a web portal. They can receive emails or texts warning them of excessive usage etc etc https://www.badgermeter.com/business-lines/utility/managed-solution-beacon-advanced-metering-analytics... more »
Continue to develop the dedicated bus lanes. Once one is complete convert the busses that access those lanes to driverless vehicles controlled partially by a central computer. Then sell tolls to owners of driverless cars that allow the buyer access to these lanes as well. By doing so, they submit their car to be partially controlled by the central hub as well, at least while it occupies the dedicated lane. As time goes... more »
To ease home ownership acquisition and stability in light of increasing lifestyle and situational volatility, we have to address a number of key factors. Simply put: 1) individuals move around a lot 2) what they need changes 3) housing is expensive 4) law enforcement tracking through DMV registry is not adequate. My idea is to have a metal container home as a "core" that stays with an individual, and can be docked into... more »
By 2020 it is estimated that 45% of the Canadian workforce will be made up of freelancers, independent contractors and on-demand workers. To meet this emerging reality gigit has built a system for the gig economy that connects people with opportunities in their local area. Through gigit's connected technology platform, users can earn a living by networking within their community. As a quick overview, gigit marketplace... more »
Getting empty c cans to make bachelor apartments for homless. Assemble so garden on roofs. Get shelter ppl to do labor for their new homes. Get rent credits for labor, yard and garden works.
Get discounts like Calgary housing pay percent of income. Garden for food...grow organic sell to local restaurants and stores to buy make money on city land that is empty.
Create a City of Calgary centralized mobile application that will improve the cities delivery of service our existing & new communities, it will address the major concerns of existing communities where affordable housing initiatives take place. This will be done by: - Using a Community/Neighbourhood function to address security concerns like adding a Neighbourhood Watch reporting function to make it easy for everyone... more »
This is a call to action to make happen the 'driver-less Uber' concept by getting buy-in by a big part of members of society to commit to reduce the need for vehicle ownership by implementing an open full-fledge vast autonomous-vehicle transportation network. Manufacturers/dealerships would commit to provide the vehicles with a guaranteed minimum amount of use by consumers. There would be diverse type of vehicles. Businesses... more »