Efficient, Innovative & Better Every Day

"What is your #1 idea for improving city services? How could they be more simple, efficient or innovative?"

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to make this city even more amazing? If so, this is the place to start. Share your solutions that could help us cut red tape and make government more innovative and efficient. We are committed to making life better every day but we need your help to make it happen.

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Calgary Entrepreneur Competition

Calgary Entrepreneurs Competition for planting the seed of entrepreneurship at an early age and opportunity for entrepreneurs ideas to success or to have a chance , The Competition based on encouraging and facilitating the delivery of the idea of business and the business of the future among people by providing real business environment and integrated to ensure the graduation of generations of entrepreneurs capable ...more »

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The Dollar Coffee & Tea ( C-Train)

The Dollar Coffee & Tea (TDCT) is a specialty beverage retailer. TDCT uses a system that is new to the beverage and food service industry to provide hot and cold beverages in a convenient and time-efficient way. TDCT provides its customers the ability to order their choice of a freshly brewed coffee & Tea, or other beverage. TDCT is offering a high-quality low cost option to consumers using public transportation (C-Train). ...more »

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Better bus back doors

As I am a frequent transit user I have noticed many things about the buses etc. One thing I've noticed more than others is people struggling to open the back door, for one reason or another. My idea is that we change the current back doors to mirror those on the new trains. One button on one of the doors, one simple push and it opens, no holding a handle or waving to a sensor. This will also come with a red light to ...more »

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Affordable Housing

I am writing to you today with an idea that has come from several different personal observations. I live in the community of (Winston Heights)Mountview and aside from a few years away, have basically lived here for the majority of my life. I recently renovated and moved into what was my childhood home, in the same community after selling my own home, also in the ‘hood. The community itself is undergoing considerable ...more »

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Can Shelves on Recycling Cans

Placing a shelf on the outside of recycling bins (residential and/or public) where empty bottles and cans can be easily accessed by "bottle pickers". This will decrease the need for these individuals to hunt through garbage/recycling bins.

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CityPushpin

CityPushpin is a customizable map-based online platform that gives residents and community members the opportunity to provide their opinion about a project/plan in their neighbourhood. This platform provides the following features: 1. It is Online (so people can participate from the comfort of their homes/offices and it reduces the costs of workshops and public gatherings) 2. It can be customised (so from project to ...more »

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Using recycled plastic lumber instead of treated lumber

We manufacture plastic lumber out of post consumer plastic generated from recycling programs in Alberta. Unlike other recycled products our goal is to utilize less desirable items like plastic bags, Tide containers etc. These items tend to end up in the landfill as there is a very limited market for the product. We have decided to change that we manufacture linear lumber, fence posts and and parking curbs in effort to ...more »

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MAKING MORE MONEY...City of Calgary & Reducing Carbon Footprint.

I have a product that will generate more financial income for The City of Calgary, especially the transit division and create additional long term employment for Calgarians first, Albertans and the whole of Canadian citizens everywhere there is active transportation system. It is a simple product that only requires less than 20 minutes procedure for installation, requires no batteries nor electricity to work, just install, ...more »

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Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Our city streets and communities are littered with cigarette butts. They are another form of waste in our society that could be collected, recycled or composted. My idea is to create a cigarette butt recycling program that would encourage citizen to collect and recycle cigarette butts. Terracycle in Toronto already has a program to address this issue, but I think too few people know about it or are willing to ship and ...more »

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Using Augmented Reality to Reduce Infrastructure Footprint

The latest technological progress in the area of Augmented Reality (AR) inspired this idea. The idea may not be achievable in the near future or practical for that matter and it doesn't apply to the City of Calgary only. Augmented reality allows overlaying computer graphics and annotations on the real world. Right now, "smart" glasses equipped with AR technology provides this experience. The technology has been used ...more »

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Dump the Olympics, save the province with renewable energy.

Calgary should instead of investing in an Olympic bid, and a potential Olympics that will cost this city billions of dollars, partially subsidize the construction of an electric car factory, solar panel factory and wind mill factory. If we do this, the rest of Canada can buy Canadian made electric vehicles, Canadian made solar panels and Canadian made wind mills. Renewable energy will take over the world and Alberta ...more »

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Help Snow Plows Avoid Wind Rows

There is a company that manufactures and sells a gate that is attached to standard snow plows. When this attachment is secured to a standard snow plow, it helps (during plowing) guide the snow away from a driveway or side road -- thereby avoiding the creation of a "wind row". Many videos of this product are demonstrated on You Tube. Here is a name of a company I saw on You Tube: Ironex (Ken Sawchuk)

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