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Attach IoT sensors to gather and analyze big data on COC Bridges

Since the construction of the first Calgary bridge in 1888, The City and its surrounding area have had built over seventy-five pedestrian, vehicle and rail bridges. Based on the wide distribution of these infrastructures throughout The City, it provides multiple opportunities to not only gather valuable data to monitor bridge health (the load on the bridge and vibrations), but also water flow forces (pressure of the water... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

With the load that bridges bear, the particularly tough Calgary climate due to the freeze-thaw conditions and particularly with bridges usually built over water, you will get heaving and concrete will crack more so than other concrete infrastructures. In the past structural health monitoring (SHM) was a very manual process. We have now new opportunities for our society to co-exist and interact with smart interconnected devices that are known as the Internet of Things (IoT), but unfortunately, most of the existing SHM systems are not connected to IoT. This is now an opportunity to build a digital model of the selected bridges in real time by transferring the data by longer range, lower power connectivity products like Wi-Fi HaLow locally for testing and calibration. So, not only would bridge health be monitored, but a dual opportunity to predicting and analyzing climate change impacts and quantifying natural variability are available. This additional benefit may be of greater importance since it involves more than bridges and affects a city in many other areas of concern.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The bridge data would be sent to maintenance crews and engineer/scientists using web-based interfaces to view and analyze the collected data in real-time using evaluation algorithms. As for climate data, it could be used for detecting temporal trends; providing information that will allow for a better understanding of the relationships between biological, thermal, and hydrologic data. These would allow The City to understand how the natural system has behaved by comparing historical data with a more precise local IoT sensor readings. This data would provide The City information on how the natural systems are changing from historical trends by maintaining monitoring systems that inform locally specific climate and hydrological model outputs. Using business intelligence and analytics, The City would then be able to determine and plan for those climate impacts that has the highest probability of occurring.

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

As mentioned in this pages three previous boxes, this can be accomplished by using current technology that allows the ability to gather large amount of data by using tools such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and incorporating longer range, lower power connectivity through products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah devices. This would be then sent to maintenance crews and engineer/scientists using web-based interfaces to view and analyze the collected data in real-time using evaluation algorithms. This same data for climate change would involve more use of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Data Modelling to determine trends and impacts.

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Innovation Hubs to fuel Economic Development

Invest and build an innovation hub to foster the development of emerging technologies within Calgary, allowing entrepreneurs and business leaders to come together and collaborate. This hub could serve as a “Virtual Industrial Park” for new start-ups for application development, innovation, collaboration, and to test and incubate ideas, with a path through to a full production environment. These hubs would be able to... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary has focused on fostering and maintaining the success of the Energy sector, and overall this has been of great benefit to the city. It has been challenging for new emerging technologies to get the support and visibility required to be successful. In creating a hub that will foster technology in areas traditionally outside of the energy sector, such as agri-business, a hub can help foster diversity and lead to economic development and stability in the future. This will also help Calgary address current downtown vacancy rates, and inject energy, innovation and growth into our downtown core.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured through the following:
-Entrepreneurial & organizational growth of the organizations that leverage economic development hubs
-Change in downtown commercial vacancy rates
-Net new investment made in Calgary’s technology sector

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

Technology plays a pivotal role - and TELUS is able to provide the physical connectivity (fibre & wireless), and the scalable data orchestration technology behind the “Virtual Industrial Park”. Use of this space and technology will enable the entrepreneurial growth and economic diversification that Calgary needs.

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Reviving the heritage with technology and restructure.

The seed of this idea comes from city’s mission statement for this project combined with the vision I have for Calgary to grow as a culturally enriched city. Calgary’s core downtown culture lacks “street drama” (description below) and needs more shared spaces that are entrepreneurial and allows citizens to come together, create, develop and share ideas. This idea allows development of inner city culture, downtown core... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The development of downtown’s East village has proved that, it is important to have a great mix of new and old in order to retain the cultural richness of city. It also authorizes cleansing of space which traditionally has stereotypical sentiments attached to it. Similar to Simmon’s block which houses businesses and allows a shared space for businesses; it is important to look into developing areas that surround Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre as well.

Repurposing historical buildings into cultural spaces will allow the use of pathway’s, bike lanes and slowly divert the inherent issues that an area surrounding rehab’s and drop in’s face and eliminate stereotypical fears that citizens have for areas surrounding Drop-In centres. It helps develop the East village further, supporting downtown living and growth of businesses in surrounding areas creating more jobs and opportunities. It also permits use of technology new and existing to flourish hand in hand as city repurposes it old with new.

There are various examples all over North America which used similar idea, which proved to be successful to create the creative, economical and entreprenurial richness of the city.One such example is linked below:

 

https://epicureandculture.com/historical-buildings-accommdation-cultural-spaces/

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The increased used of pathways, bike lanes, development of areas with more cultural richness, more shared spaces eliminating crime in and around Drop- In centre. the most direct effect of this could be measured by the amount of jobs and business opportunities that the reinvention of this space will permit.

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

Use of technology, architecture, newer construction methods, creative collaboration and public input are the most important aspects of projects like such. The redevelopment of spaces with historical significance requires use of technology, IT, newer and ecological methods of construction and creative collaboration which can be used from local artists. All these simple factors constitutes the scope of technology that is required to reinvent and redevelop and re use this space into something more meaningful.

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Transform Calgary into Canada's Most Compassionate City

Check out this video to experience what a compassionate Calgary could be:


Imagine what it would be like when Calgary is recognized as the most compassionate city in Canada. Neighbours are helping neighbours just because they want to. Elderly people’s sidewalks are shovelled. People stop to help someone with a broken-down vehicle. Homeless people are acknowledged. There might not even be any... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This initiative would transform the entire Calgary landscape. By becoming more compassionate we would see the impacts everywhere, from our citizens living more fulfilled lives, having more work satisfaction, to more inclusion and acceptance, to lowered poverty rates, to more trust and respect, to improved city services such as healthcare, emergency services, and governance.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Compassion is not a tangible "thing", however, its impacts are so far reaching. Because of this, measuring the impact of having a more compassionate city would need to be studied. The suggestion would be to focus on certain areas that could benefit greatly from an increased level of compassion and creating some metrics to measure improvements in those areas. In general, however, measurement can be done through surveys, through volunteering engagement numbers, through engagement on social media within the campaign, through to how much chit chat there is on the c-train in the morning! The university of calgary has also conducted some research on how to measure compassion within the nursing profession - this work can be explored and deployed for this initiative as well.

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

Being more compassionate will actually improve the effectiveness of technology when deployed in our city. Technology is key to deploying the campaign and engaging with citizens. Data from different sources, such as the city, healthcare, employers, general surveys, social media campaign data, can all be baselined prior to launching the campaign and success criteria defined.

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PAAVAA for An Integrated City

A mobile application that connects people, that need and/or want services conveniently, to local, registered service providers. In the same method, it connects local service providers with customer requests immediatley and conveniently without registration fees or membership fees, and at a flat rate of $3.99 charged to service providers only once they secure a job through the application.

PAAVAA's mission is two-fold,... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

PAAVAA's primary purpose is to create a platform of entrepreneurs and local businesses that are easily accessible through a convenient, digital infrastructure.

The application fits well within the economic trend of using smartphones and mobile applications to get things done quickly and affordably. It also fits into the social trend of convenience, coupled with facilitations provided by technology: people are at home more than before and want quick solutions that are cheap and easy to use.

The market niche, of mobile applications, that PAAVAA currently operates within, is growing to become less niche and more widely adapted as a front or interface for many businesses. Further, the service leverages the fact that employment is becoming increasingly more competitive, and aims to capture people that want to start their own business (entrepreneurs) by providing them with a platform for operations and facilitation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By the number of users on the application- both service providers and customers looking for services. The number of registered businesses is a testament to the number of people that have taken the risk of opening up businesses in Calgary, and that are looking to service the city and its inhabitants and visitors effectively and affordably.

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

Technology is the foundation for this idea and application; leveraging mobile connectivity to keep everyone connected and provide businesses and entrepreneurs with opportunities to demonstrate their professionalism, experience and customer service proactivity.

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Innovation- Recycling- Manufacturing- Economic Diversification

The premise of this proposal is to use Alberta's existing petroleum production and incorporate environmental sustainability and manufacturing diversification to become a leader in material conversion.
Currently there are no facilities in North America that truly convert petroleum bi-products into raw materials that include nylons, polyesters and natural fibers. We used to ship significant quantities to Asia however that... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea is ambitious because it could render Calgary and Alberta a global leader in materials conversion, recycling and re-use. It could reduce waste and improve the environmental health of Calgary, Alberta and Canada. It would enable economic diversification with the use of existing petroleum products, reduction in dependence upon new petroleum products and help us move towards sustainable innovation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured by considering how much daily material waste is collected; what happens to it and how it impacts the environment. We can then consider what the economic benefits would be if we converted these products locally and see the change in economic stimulus through petroleum bi-product conversion, manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales.

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

This idea is attainable through technology because innovative technology would be required to create the new facilities, develop advanced sorting systems and conversion processes. Data is limitless as the research and innovation possible with a mega-site would enable us to study and determine optimum conversion processes, means to convert, analysis of materials discarded and potential reuse, sales and market potential, domestic use and foreign use. This facility could render Calgary a legitimate leader in materials processing incorporating technology, data analysis, manufacturing strength and equipment innovation.

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Solar sidewalks

Let’s harness our exceptional amount of annual days with sun and clear our snowy winter sidewalks!

Could we heat our sidewalks with solar energy so that snow and ice melt off, insuring safe sidewalks for all?

I’m thinking major walking areas like downtown and especially Stephen ave SW.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It hasn’t been done in our city.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Examine the incidence of slip and fall prior to launch and the one season after.

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

It’s attainable through solar power, existing infrastructure and existing data.

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Healthy food Kiosks at all C Train stations

I am among that hundreds of C train travellers who have money but no time to stop at a cafeteria and buy something to eat as we all are in rush and we don't want to get late. Opening food kiosks at all C train stations (Like many other metropolitan cities) will not only serve hundreds of traveller's hunger but also helps our community to generate tons of money by increasing employment opportunities.
Cheers for our City... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

As these may leads to adding funds for the City of Calgary. Also, Will help our city to improve our Unemployment.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Check your database to count how many people travels through C trains every single day and You will get your answer.

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

Safety comes first. So, Obviously we will be using new electric Equipment's to cook and serve snacks.

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Solar

Solar panels on houses to be put in grid

For green energy awesome to show Calgary is not just about oil!

Why is this an ambitious idea?

To prove Calgary is real on climate issues and so we are not just for oil and alternative
energy and bank the monies saved on other projects for creating other greener projects
with said monies

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By seeing the cost and environmental benifits

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

Already available technology but to a grander scale and would show the world our commitment to a better /cleaner future

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Safe and Digital In Calgary

Crime can be very scary. But if there are security cameras, in business areas, restaurants, playgrounds, schools, parks and most areas where there are more people and less people that goes to, etc. Added cctv's can alert or prevent many crimes or even can solve crimes. Now the future are more on smart products, I was thinking also of digital signs that flashing instead of just a stationary signs, example in business areas,... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is a futuristic ideas. Innovation is our way to be on top.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Business can bloom. All we need to do is to innovate.

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

Yes it is very attainable. Digital are the new era.

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Montreal, look how we’ve learned from you and what we’ve become.

Calgary is perceived by many as a boring, business, conservative town. A city where there’s no much to do. However, Cowtown has one of the most educated, multicultural and friendly populace in Canada, and it is surrounded by stunning natural spaces. If only Calgary were a little different…
This city, in my view, needs ubiquitous art, ongoing events that uses technology to AMAZE people, that make them want to stay and... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Through the use of technology and art alone we could transform Calgary into a desirable city for young people, students and immigrants both national and international, and increase tourism, art&tech entrepreneurship and diversification. In my view, technology and art does not necessarily require huge amounts of money to transform a place in unimaginable ways.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Montreal is one of the most interesting and appealing cities in Canada, at least in regard to tourism, festivals, young people wanting to live there. If we analyze most of the things they do in terms of creativity, we realize that it is an attainable thing for Calgary that could not only transform how the city is perceived, but also attract talent and create diversification. Calgary already has many good sides; watch the videos below to see what else could be possible.

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

- Use of software, projections, sound, lights, concert equipment
- Giving opportunities to tech entrepreneurs that want to create companies related to art
- Asking for help to entrepreneurs, artists, tech startups, volunteers who desire to transform Calgary
- Attracting video games, visual art companies and artists to the city

Montreal seems to know how to combine art and technology to create amazement in its population and visitors; and knows how to produce magnetism. I have lived in Montreal and visited the city in many occasions, and that feeling of amazement when you are there is real, regardless of the season of the year. Here are a few examples of things we could do like Montreal:

City & Art:

- Outdoor Video Projection - Cite Memoire


http://www.montrealenhistoires.com/en/cite-memoire/

- Montreal Mural Festival


https://www.instagram.com/muralfestival/
http://2017.muralfestival.com/en/home/

- Igloofest


https://igloofest.ca/en/

- Montreal en lumiere


http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/en-CA

- Montreal Pink Balls - Sainte-Catherine Street East
http://www.claudecormier.com/en/projet/pink-balls/

- Fireworks Festival


https://www.sixflags.com/larondeen/linternational-des-feux/overview

Music & Art:

- Osheaga Festival


https://www.osheaga.com/en

- Montreal Jazz Festival


http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

- Just for laughs festival


https://www.hahaha.com/en

 

  • Reactions of tourists experiencing Montreal:

 

Other links:

Why we should turn Calgary's empty office towers over to the creative economy
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/why-we-should-turn-calgary-s-empty-office-towers-over-to-the-creative-economy-1.4540775

 

Practical example of something that the city of Calgary could start doing:
- fill the +15 with art, see Montreal Art Souterrain (https://goo.gl/G5iGaM)
- use art inside ctrain cars
- use artistic projections instead of advertisement when possible
https://www.artsouterrain.com/en

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Aquaponic community garden

Year round Community gardens using certifiably organic growing technique of aquaponics. We can sustainably and consistently grow organic food while creating an amazing atmosphere year round.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because using aquaponics growing techniques is the way of sustainable organic food production of the future. If done right aquaponics vertical farming grows up to 22x more food per year in the same square feet as terestial growing, using 5% of the water, and staying organic. Reduces our carbon footprint drastically by eliminating transportation of food. With modern lighting technology the cost to produce is reduced significantly. It would make a great gathering place for community. This is the future, we can be the first to do it as a city. To my knowledge anyway

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Personal health surveys.

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

With growing awareness aquaponics growing systems are being developed and improved around the world rapidly. The systems already exist we only need to implement them.

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School Elder Program

Following First Nations leadership, we bring an innovative elders based program to our schools...

Why is this an ambitious idea?

it brings local knowledge, skills and energy directly into our schools making our kids smarter

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

not measurable...too human

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

please keep tech out of this one!

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artists in residence in the core

Smart Cities Pitch (Infrastructure)

The Problem:

Calgary continues to have an over abundance of commercial floor space in the core. At the same time, the local arts economy lacks both capital and space for arts entrepreneur especially as well, in the core.

The Pitch:

Calgary could be a world leader in providing a unique “artist in residence” approach that would combine the needs and visions of the business economy... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

it combines the arts economy with the business economy

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

count the number of new arts entrepreneurs that find a home

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

its a face to face idea, not a high tech idea

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Encouraging Affordable Housing

While building more houses creates more jobs and is awesome, we can further encourage more housing spaces by encouraging people to rent or share their spaces. We can be inspired by LA’s encourageable Share Pods system and create places like those for individuals or encourage others to rent their homes for cheap. There are plenty of houses in Calgary and often they have a lot of room in them. Here is a link expressing... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It is ambitious because we would need to create a system or program to perhaps tie the compatability and reliability of the potential strangers living together. We could create programs and have other innovations tie it all in. For the first test period tennents could take a survey and write how they think it could improve, how they feel it is working, does it suit their needs, so on and so forth. This would be highly reccomended for students, and young adults who need affordable housing. There could be one set of “Pods” for young families, one building of “Pods” for adults and if best, some “Pods” set aside for a quieter environment. We could also try to encourage more Calgarians to rent out their houses for cheap by offering them some sort of incentive such as a Tax rebate or reduced bus pass prices, or incentivize them with placing their area of residence on higher priority snow removal routes.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

How we would measure the effectiveness of this idea is by survey completion of tennents’ and renters’ satisfaction and if their needs are being met. As well as hopefully people spread their feelings about the system via word of mouth and if more people wish to try “Pod-living” then it will likely express the effectiveness itself. How we currently guage the effectiveness of the idea, take a facebook poll. Get word of mouth spreading, get some feedback and go from there.

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

This is attainable by sending out survey’s to people digitally and collecting their data. You can put polls out on facebook to see if others would like the idea and would make use of it. I would suggest polling high schools and universities instead of homes as I believe it will be most successfull with people at the ages of 18-30.

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