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 »
Challenge Statement: Smart Cities are successful if they serve all citizens including elderly, those that can’t or don’t know how to use technology, and non-English speaking people. Background: I love Smart Cities, using technology, and social media to make my life better. But there are Calgarians and Canadians who can't. Example are the elderly and elderly with a language barrier. I EXPERIENCED this firsthand as a City... more »
Calgary has an opportunity to be the first city in the world to introduce a new kind of infrastructure, one that could radically improve how citizens, government and business connect and coordinate services. The new infrastructure is a digital communication network that provides a digital address to all buildings and lots. Similar to a social network each unique building and lot has a unique profile with only limited... more »
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 »
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 »
List staff names and departments again. Many times our 311 calls goes into the virtual waste bin and we never get follow up calls or emails.
Currently, government programs use different means to identify business clients. This results in businesses having to use multiple identifiers when dealing with government. For instance, businesses are issued distinct identifiers when they register their business, open a workers’ compensation account, or obtain a liquor license. The Common Business Number is a unique number already issued by the CRA to every Canadian... more »
To operate a business in Alberta you are required to obtain a business license in the municipality you are working in. Each municipality’s license is set up in a different way. Some have resident and non-resident licenses; others have licenses broken down by business type. That is unless you own and operate your business in a region which has a Mobile Business License. Inter-municipal business licenses are a low-cost... more »
For people that are unable to visit areas and venues within Calgary in person, create virtual reality tours of those areas.
To get concensus about city led projects in a community, ask people to give you three words that best describe their vision for development in their community. Only three. Then use the most used terms as guiding principles. It cuts down on the negative comments and becomes a simple guide people can buy into.
To encourage connections between people of different backgrounds. Gather people together. One person has flowers, they take the flowers to a stranger and ask them a question they've always wanted the answer to. The person answers the question and gets the flowers. And they repeat. (this idea is from my table at the civicinnovationyyc launch.
A physical or digital "token" gets passed from one person who votes to the next person that they challenge to vote. Kind of like a chain letter, this would create a positive social pressure to "keep the chain going" and get more people out to vote. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of a Civic Innovation YYC "Idea Lab" session which used this topic as the focus for the event! If you were part of that... more »
This could take a few different forms. But the core idea is to take advantage of immersive social games tools to encourage people to find poling stations, visit those stations, and generate buzz around visiting them. Games like Pokémon-Go make a profit off using public space for their game-play. Would their developers be willing to help create buzz on election day by positioning better characters, gyms and caches near... more »
Could we design a program where mobile ambassadors raise awareness of issues and help stimulate conversation? To keep the conversation as connected as possible we could use a digital tool like a touch or ipad.
(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design challenge, which used this topic as the focus for the event!)
Poll workers are connected to the community in as many ways as possible. This might also mean that we need to reconsiders how we decide where your local poling station is - what are the actual hubs in the community these days? Is it the coffee shop, the mall, the dog park? (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of a Civic Innovation YYC "Idea Lab" session which used this topic as the focus for the event!... more »