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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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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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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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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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Electric scooter or small vehicle for City commuting

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.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea is ambitious only because it is unconventional, not the norm which makes it out of the box, is very different from normal people's bias. Yet if people can break away from that bias it can solve a huge amount of City commuting issues and money, save our environment, diversify our economy and allow for a more healthy lifestyle.
If we have a system where we can commute to work, to the nearby grocery stores, to places nearby where we don't have to drag a ton of metal (car) with us each time. The trick here is to develop a system for these vehicles along or with the bike path system. Not on the roads competing with all the big vehicles. Calgary is ideal for this with its huge network of bike path systems already in place, especially along the rivers. And a system that is presently mostly under utilized, that is mostly used for recreation and not commuting.

I would start by introducing this system along the bike pathways as a pilot project with goals to achieve certain levels of usage after each year. Speed limits would be enforced. $50m would be a nice figure but I don't think it even requires that much.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The true measure of effectiveness is when we can achieve real utilization. For example, if we can shift 5000 people from driving to work downtown to this mode of transport. That in itself will cut down on our carbon footprint and save cost. Traffic congestion on the roads will be reduced. With less traffic on roads, maintenance will also be reduced and that savings can be put to improving this bike path systems, bearing in mind that a bike path system is a lot cheaper than a road both in building and maintenance. Besides savings in building and maintenance, we also save in parking spaces, even to no parking spaces required if an electric skateboard is used for commuting. There are so many benefits and advantages for this system if you think about it. The list can only keep growing.
What's even more exciting is that Calgary can become a world leader in a system like this. There is really no other city doing this. This will be true diversification as we can export this system, even export the vehicles that comes about from this innovation. Yes you can even implement solar heated pathways, smart traffic controls, etc. The economic benefits can be immense.

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

Technology can really play a huge part here. If you use for example an electric 3wheeler like a prototype Toyota iRoad model, it is a vehicle that is really suited for this system as it is covered and can be heated for winter driving. Even if it's not perfectly suited, it is not a technology that is difficult to improve. It is not like developing an electric car for the future. It is developing a vehicle that can be developed today for today's usage. You don't need to develop a battery for all that maximum range. One only need to charge the battery every few days to commute to work every day. And because it's a much smaller battery it can even be charged with 4 solar panels installed on your garage roof. This is all achievable today. Where one gets free energy to get to work, to run small errands around the city. It will be a game changer. It is also where we replace where we tend to use our car most, that is our City commute. And leave those occasional long distance travel to using our only car in the household.
Because it is a small system for small ranges to travel, all the latest smart technology can also be easily integrated. Technology can also be used to control traffic patterns. Any traffic jams or accidents can easily be diverted or resolved. Any injuries will usually be minor compared to normal car accidents. Manual bike cycling is popular for a lot of these reasons. But the cycling public is limited in numbers and especially during winter months. Here we will have a system that is more open to the public and throughout the year. There's really no reason for not pursuing this vision except for people's skepticism. Some other cities especially crowded cities are getting on to this. But their implementation is quite poor, like those bike sharing programs. We have an opportunity to implement it well if we start with a system on bike paths, not on roads sharing with cars.

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Open market on Stephen Avenue

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.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It allows many individuals to enter the "work force" from many entry points.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Anectodal surveys and for vendors and general public.

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

Share this idea through media. Sign up for vendors via website.

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Allocate 10% of New Condos to Poor in exchange for Action Plan

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

There is a selection process that encourages people to have a "next step" to get out of poverty (hopefully) and not just get a roof over their head. Many social services offer blanket coverage without any plan to move forward and "teach a person to fish" instead of just "giving them a fish". Those people who need a break and want to change the direction of their lives with the support of targeted services will have to focus for up to 2 years will have to work for it.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Applicants laying out goals and the achievement of those goals will be the qualitative measurement of this idea.

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

I don't think this requires much technology and the data can be obtained by the application goals and the tracking of the goals by assigned social services

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Solar roads to reduce cost/generate revenue/ prepare for future

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

No other city in the world has done it.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If it reduces costs to city, taxes to the taxpayer, accidents on the roads, and makes Calgary a global leader in autonomous vehicle development.

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

The panels would be the technology that creates the data needed to address the missing pieces to make autonomous vehicles a reality.

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Water Consumption Data

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The City has written off over $1M due to high consumption bills. This will allow consumers to monitor their water usage and prevent high water bills.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

It can be measured by how many customers opt in to the program, how often they look at their usage data and how much they conserve.

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

Using existing cellular infrastructure, a LTE cellular device connected to the meter and cloud based software for data and web portal.

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Automated Transportation

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It would be on the leading edge of technology and would require some big brains to come with the safe method of controlling all these vehicles with all the variables they would face but it would prepare the city for the imminent future with driverless tech becoming more and more common, including passenger drones which will require a similar type of control.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Ridership and tolls. This could win some serious dollars for the city.

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

Since they would be in the dedicated bus lanes, with a few modifications to the lanes and the busses, and perhaps the acquisition of further lanes to access, this could definitely be attainable.

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Geospacial blockchain core container allocation

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It requires co-operation from multiple directions. Municipality (with investment, zoning and bylaws), private technology companies (AI, blockchain, geospacial mapping), construction, architecture, social engineering, transportation, registry and even social assistance programs. Each component is relatively easy to comprehend, however the will to bridge the red tape, public vs private incentives, and get multiple people to work together... can be studied under mob psychology. In the right sociocultural environment there may be a convergent social identity that creates the right situation to bring these disciplines together. Same reason you don't have to separate people of opposing value systems when controlling a mob, because they temporarily function with a common behaviour and get along amongst each other. So the difficult times in Calgary may have a temporary galvanising effect, but the scope of co-operation is rather ambitious.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?
  1. Does it get done
  2. Can costs and expected "cut of the profit" be kept in check
  3. Do people move in and report greater harmony and happiness
  4. Can we work together quickly enough to complete the task before another city does and gets world recognition
  5. Can the idea be exported around the world and keep some "city patented" or "local corporation patent" ideas that allow us to send teams to consult on the construction and maintain the software of some aspects of the system
  6. Can we create a new set of forward thinking laws that better integrate IOT tech into our 3D city space.
  7. Can we advance the narrow AI required to leverage the secondary targets (also an export)
  8. Can we build factories to either make the shipping container modules and the high tech that needs to be installed in them and on street corners or rooftops to pull the bigger picture together
How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

It can ONLY be done through technology and data.. or else you are building a dystopian favela.

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A gig economy platform that connects people w job opportunities

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The general idea is for the city of Calgary to use one marketplace for all paid and volunteer freelance jobs. This vision of an all-in-one platform is ambitious, but can be done with the right message.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- Increase in personal income
- Decrease in unemployment.
- Increase in donations
-Increase in volunteer hours

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

- Mobile and computer application.
- Big Data tracking of revenue, jobs, and hours worked.
- A digital resume built with ratings and reviews of past work.

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Transitional housing for homeless low income

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.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Helps with homeless ppl working poor get affordable green housing and get independent.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Several American cities have been very successful with c can housing w gardens.

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Centralized Mobile Application For Affordable Housing Initiative

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will streamline & cut costs in the affordable housing initiative process by:
- Focusing on smart phone use & going paperless using it to communicate directly with residents and key stakeholders to inform/bring motions forward, allow for voting and collect feedback in a timely manner.
- Use mobile phones as a tool to help assure communities that their security and safety needs won't be neglected, by adding a Neighbourhood Watch function, they have access to cameras and at the swipe of a button can share information with locals or the police depending on the nature of the concern. This ensures that more residents are aware of any criminal activity in their community and gives them a simple tool to participate more in the protection of their property.
- The application can help increase productivity in the council which will allow existing residents and new residents to get better service delivery.
- Learning Functions can be added to induct new residents via video and a quiz prior to moving into their new home and new residents can request to meet a local volunteer(s) or browse through the community board from their mobile phone so they can get familiarized by existing locals and find their own ways of getting involved in their new community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- We can measure its effectiveness by running a comparison of the costs we can reduce or eliminate using the mobile applications functionalities as an alternative to existing systems and determining how best those savings can be put towards the affordable housing initiative.
We can use the mobile application to measure and determine the type of feedback we get from different communities concerning the different initiatives and this can help decision makers when it comes to addressing major concerns with such projects.
-The mobile applications will demonstrate its resilience, inclusive and accessibility for communities by providing a platform for other innovators in our ecosystem to bring forward more ideas and allow our city to partner with them so we can integrate more smart city technologies and data into affordable housing initiatives, we can continue to transform our communities creating more jobs and opportunities.
- If we take into account the satisfaction the existing residents feel during and after these initiatives and match it with the new residents via the mobile application, we can get a better sense of the needs that we met and the other needs we are yet to meet using this type of a platform.

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

The idea is easy to attain because we have technology already and its only a matter of engaging everyone our communities to determine what types of functions they will require for them to appreciate the platform.
- A workshop is always the first step to meeting with the existing communities and other stakeholders involved with the affordable housing initiative. We can then bring forward the critical questions that will help us determine exactly what we need to make the application successful for both the City of Calgary, its residents, the businesses and all our stakeholders.
- The process is simple and with the support of the city we can use this platform to create opportunities for us to exploit new technologies and detailed data to address issues related to the affordable housing initiative more effectively.

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autonomous-vehicule transportation network

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Such level of engagement and encompassment would requires city-level coordination and support.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Getting the minimum registration required in the network by both consumers and providers

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

Wireless, big-data, AI, robotic, autonomous navigation and other technologies are required for location-awareness, vehicle-consumer communication, online shopping, vehicle navigation, network management, payments and so on.

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