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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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Fostering Entrepreneurship & Collective Learning for YYC Youth

Calgary will be the first jurisdiction in Canada to create an online learning platform that fosters entrepreneurial activities for youth city-wide. A digital badging program accessible through either myID or Calgary Public Library can connect YYC youth to transformative formal/informal learning opportunities across different sectors in the community.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

According to numerous economic indicators, Calgary is one of the most business-friendly cities in Canada. However, the city does not appear on key rankings related to dynamics and innovation (e.g. JLL City Momentum Index 2017; which measure both short and long-term growth) and entrepreneurial behaviour.

The oil and gas sector has loomed large for decades and has been poaching great entrepreneurial talent by offering high income salaries. The current economic downturn and ambiguous estimates as to how many jobs will return to the city if/when oil prices rebound, invite us to consider the long-term sustainability of Calgary’s economy. This is where innovation and entrepreneurship matter most.

Recent research comparing Calgary’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to Waterloo, Ontario indicates that the city lacks a) a diversified economy, b) social relations supportive of entrepreneurial behaviour, c) citizens who access/are aware of available networked support, and d) an entrepreneurial mindset for business development beyond quick buyouts and short-term profits.

Without addressing this concern, the city’s supportive business climate (i.e. competitive tax environment, newly completed and several in-progress infrastructure projects, high-skilled knowledge era workforce, youngest median age in Canada, available low-cost commercial real estate, etc.) will not be leveraged and fall short of creating the kind of networked innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This is especially disappointing given Calgary’s long history of more startups per capita than almost anywhere else in the country. This is a task our city can lead on.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

We will be able to meet key targets that we have already outlined:

• ImagineCALGARY: By 2036, Calgary is ranked as the most favourable Canadian city in which to establish businesses that support sustainability practices (p. 39)
• Action Plan 2015-2018: P1; P2 (p. 43)
• Building on our energy: Entrepreneurial energy (pp. 22-32); Innovative energy (pp. 33-40).

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

The City of Calgary facilitates entrepreneurial/innovative activities for youth in tandem with private partners and social institutions through an existing city-wide ICT channel (like the public library card or myID) or a new platform that is either built (through competitive grant funding) or licensed (like LRNG cities do -- https://www.lrng.org). Could be accessed and utilized through all mobile and web-enabled devices (e.g. app)

Advantages:
• Aligns with Strategy 2, Action 3 of the “entrepreneurial energy” section of the Building on our energy document (p. 32; i.e. Develop pathways to entrepreneurship for future leaders and youth).

• Wealth of stakeholder interest that could support programming and networking from high school through postsecondary education.

• Federal Government and Government of Alberta could support proposal through incremental funding (aligned with their Framework for Student Learning’s aim in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in students)

• Would be the first city in Canada to pursue a youth policy of this scale that not only serves a clear need, but ensures that long-term fostering of entrepreneurship (in all sectors) is actively cultivated.

• Expand on existing initiatives to cultivate youth entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities.

• City could make much of the data openly accessible to assess trends in work, volunteering, and social cohesion.

Case Studies: Digital Badging in Philadelphia, Providence and Chicago and LRNG cities(like Kansas City). All of these cities embraced long-term culture shifts. Calgary can aggregate some existing programs under a new banner (i.e. The Hackathon) and forward to the community.

• Link 1: https://nycfuture.org/pdf/Innovation-and-the-City.pdf (p. 14)
• Link 2: https://www.lrng.org/about
• Link 3: https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/Youth%20entrepreneurship%20policy%20brief%20EN_FINAL.pdf (pp. 12-16)

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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.

www.buildtech.io

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Smart City Connectivity – The 5G ready City by 2020

Our City will enable all actors to prosper and participate in the digital economy by integrating processes and municipal assets into the smart city planning processes. Designated zones for living labs will accelerate innovation and market development stimulating the local economy. Calgary will be a 5G ready city by 2020.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary's economy has been dependent on oil and gas resulting in fluctuations in economic prosperity. Calgary Economic Development is strengthening the diversity of Calgary's economy by attracting the technology industry. For technology industries to prosper they need rich connectivity and opportunities to innovate and municipalities can help accelerate that process. IoT, remote sensing, big data, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles etc. are a growing industry dependent on pervasive connectivity. Today wireless carriers can take 12 - 24 months to gain access to specific assets for the deployment of wireless infrastructure. These barriers limit the growth of the connectivity ecosystem and thus slow the progress of technology development. By recognizing these barriers and working in collaboration with the wireless providers, streamlined processes can be developed that balances the needs of the municipalities and wireless providers.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Three wireless carriers will have access to over 50 sites (poles or facilities) to deploy wireless infrastructure - Small Cell (4G/5G) by 2020 with a streamlined process that takes no longer than 45 days for permitting. Accessible connectivity and living lab zones will drive technology talent to Calgary and set the foundation for new product and industry development in a variety of fields.

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

Through principles of ""inclusion"" and ""empowerment"" an environment whereby a variety of actors can equally participate will strengthen the digital ecosystem, resulting in new opportunities for the community to develop applications. A living lab is an example of this opportunity in action. When zones around the city have been identified as areas to test new technologies it accelerates product development.

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Diversifying YYC's Workforce & Digital Fluency for Students

Calgary currently lacks the ICT talent to bring itself into the future. There are existing efforts to create the infrastructure needed for tech giants to operate in Calgary, but we need to offer formal and informal computer science learning opportunities for all citizens. By 2020, we will teach coding/robotics in schools, quadruple computer science graduates (currently graduating only 1000 per year) and create a culture... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

In our recent bid for HQ2, we learned that we have most of the characteristics required to attract a tech giant like Amazon, with the absence of an appropriate workforce. The ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council) predicts a need for 17,300 new ICT position in Alberta by 2019, but we graduated only 1000 comp sci graduates in 2017.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Economic diversification and potential to attract and retain global IT giants to our amazing city. Higher employment rates and the ability to build new business, and economic growth, around technology. Many organizations are predicting the fastest economic growth in ICT, and we must move in this direction to stay relevant and prosperous.

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

Online learning is the fastest and most economical way to scale up learning opportunities. This would leverage Alberta's world renounced education system, but could create more targetted learning. Through regular student assessment, mapping results against a curriculum, and creating custom learning, students will be able to move at their own pace. Students with strong self-agency could fast-track, creating ICT professionals more quickly than currently available.
Additionally, we could create an online mentorship network for emerging ICT talent to support one another through skill acquisition or the development of new ICT start-ups. Calgary is capable of attracting global giants, but I think we are also capable of creating global giants as we are starting to demonstrate with companies like Benevity.

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Democratizing nature for a smart, healthy city

Equitable and resilient urban ecosystems lay at the foundation of a prosperous and smart city. Our program aims to use a spatial model to analyze Calgary’s neighbourhoods for equitable access to nature. Calgarians will be able to designate underserviced areas in their communities for ecosystem enhancement.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Epidemiological studies indicate an association between green spaces and various physical and psychological health outcomes. By developing a systematic approach to protecting, developing and managing our urban ecosystem, we will create opportunities for Calgarians to benefit from the free services described in the health literature such as stress reduction; immune system regulation; cardiovascular health, etc.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

100% of Calgarians will be within 400 metres of a meaningful nature experience. The City will have robust biodiversity models and datasets to support future ecosystem and development planning decisions.

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

Alberta health statistics and geospatial analyses will inform neighbourhood-level opportunity areas to reconnect Calgarians to nature. Communities will work with The City to implement, document and highlight biodiversity and nature enhancements within their neighbourhoods using apps supported by online datasets.

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Making Calgary The Most Accessible City in the World

The goal is to make Calgary the most accessible and inclusive city in the world whereby equal opportunities exist for all citizens to reach their full potential in places of work, live and play. This opportunity will foster an environment of innovation, collaboration, reflection and participation for all citizens leading to diversified economic growth in a variety of industries.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

In the Canadian Survey on Disability (2012) by Statistics Canada, it is reported that 1 in 7 Canadians aged 15 and older have a disability (14.2%). Based on the current total population of 36.9 Million in Canada and 1.2 Million in Calgary, this represents 5.2 Million individuals or 175,000 Calgarians living with a disability, respectively. In addition to this, according to the Alberta Treasury and Finance Board, the number of people Aged 65 and older in Alberta is expected to increase from 527,455 in 2018 to 1,171,845 in 2041, and most of the increase is expected to occur over the next 12 years. Although the current average age of Calgarians is 38 years, it is anticipated that Calgary will have more Seniors than Youth (15 and under) by 2030, and therefore, highlights the importance of being an Senior Age-Friendly City.

Upon review of the current landscape, the most common issues / challenges for People with Disabilities and/or Seniors include (and not limited to) the following:

  1. Access to Education ;

  2. Access to Reliable / Predictable Transportation ;

A. Transit Announcements
B. Accessible Train / Bus Stations

  1. Access to Retailers (not including Food) ;

  2. Access to Restaurant and Entertainment / Arts/ Cultural Activities ;

  3. Access to Professional Services such as Medical / Dental offices ;

  4. Access to Workplaces / Employment ; According to Statistics Canada in 2011, the employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49%, compared with 79% for Canadians without a disability.

A. Better Barrier-Free Physical Access
B. Access to Ergonomics and Assistive Technologies
C. Better Understanding and Attitudes
D. Access to Flexible / Adaptable Work Arrangements

  1. Access to Aging-in Place Housing or Accessible Accommodation ;

  2. Social Isolation

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Addressing these barriers / issues will become increasingly important over the next 13 years because the Conference Board of Canada estimates that the accessibility challenged population in Canada will grow by 1.8 per cent annually during this time period, which is nearly double the pace of projected growth for the total population (0.9% annually). As a result of this projected growth, it is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will report having a Disability or being a Senior by 2030 (20% of general population).

Quite often improvements in accessibility is are generally viewed with through a social lens in terms of being implemented because it is “the right thing to do”, however the Conference Board of Canada recently published a study to quantify the economic impact on labour force participation and consumer spending.

The highlights of the Conference Board of Canada study on accessibility are as follows:

I. Accessibility Challenged Canadians represents 14% of the total consumer market and $165 Billion in Spending.
II. Assuming higher incomes due to better access to employment and rising proportion of Canadians with a disability, spending power rises substantially by 2030 (at 3X the pace of overall population).
III. By 2030, spending could nearly rise to nearly $316 Billion Annually (in 2017 $), and account for 21 per cent of the total consumer market.
IV. Employers would benefit from access to a larger talent pool, as 550,000+ Canadians would be fully engaged in the workforce through 2030.

The overall economy stands to benefit as nearly $16.8 Billion would be added to Canada’s GDP by 2030.

By creating a more accessible Calgary, it will not only help create vibrant and inclusive communities across the City, but also create economic opportunities for individuals and businesses within diverse industries.

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

Many Ideas with technology could help make this happen, but some examples include:

  1. Crowdsourcing Mapping Data specifically for accessibility that could help an individual or navigate the following:

A. Accessible +15 Routes and Pathways;
B. Accessible Washrooms
C. Accessible Entrances and Parking Spaces
D. Accessible Places of Business and Retail Stores
E. Accessible Professional Services such as Medical and Dental Offices
F. Accessible Entertainment Venues and Arts/Culture Venues (e.g. City of Calgary Civic Partner Venues, Tourism Venues)
G. YYC Airport, and the Universities within the City of Calgary

  1. Installing Voice Over Technology such as Blindsquare (e.g. Beacons) to help individuals navigate the built environment. BlindSquare has some unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks out with high quality speech synthesis. When the Smart Device application is started, it will start telling the interesting places and street crossings around the user (e.g. upcoming transit stops and retail stores).

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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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Low income housing made by stylish shipping container apartments

Cheap, durable, and stylish shipping containers are the solution to the problem.
Many urban developers have heard of the shipping container home, but still making full fledged homes out of containers is still costly.

So lets instead make hipster apartment complexes that targets millennials and young people who are struggling to move out of their parents basement.
For this project to work, costs for the occupants must... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

If done properly we can solve the problem of our youth living with their parents through most of their 20's and early 30's. An initiative like this has never been done by the backing of a city, Calgary will show its creative and entrepreneurial side when solving problems

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Before construction officially begins, this low income housing project should be advertised all over with its low rent being the focal point of the advertisement. If at least 50 people show genuine interest in moving into these apartments the project should be accepted.

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

The only reason this project works is because of how globalized we are. Since North America imports more than it exports we have a surplus of shipping containers, making their prices really cheap. There isn't new ground breaking technology at play here, just creative thinking

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Public Transit Tracking System

Basic idea: equip all buses and Ctrains with GPS and create an app so that users can tell exactly where their next bus is and how many minutes for YOUR stop. It's a real time map and a text interface.

 

Possible extension: wireless internet access on the bus for patrons.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will include every single individual bus and train active at any moment. People can access these data any time anywhere, and schedule their time more sensibly. Every citizen can have the app for their phone, tablet, or computer. It could help everyone!

Imagine that you left your laptop on the bus. In ten seconds you can find out where that bus is, and you could intercept it and retrieve your item! Imagine knowing that it takes 3 minutes to get to your bus stop and having an alarm sound when it was time to leave. No more frozen cheeks.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Clearly the accesses to the live system could be counted, since they are on online. Queries for individual buses, routes, or riders can be assessed. The app could have a direct link for service and complaints, available at the press of a button.

And, of course, if ridership increases it will be a huge win.

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

That part is clear. GPS technology is cheap and easily available now. Most cellphones possess a GPS chip. Putting one or two on each bus would not be remarkably expensive. Creating a link to a central computer could be accomplished easily as well, either using wireless access along the routes (which could perhaps be extended so that riders could access the internet) or at worst by access points at each stop.

The real technology would be the software, which could provide:

  1. A real time map.
  2. The location of buses on any route.
  3. Accurate ETA for any specific stop.
  4. Estimated trip time, including transfer connections.

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Digital Divide

Allowing all citizens to have access to technology and programing to improve digital literacy.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

We need to provide access to technology as well as the programing to gain interest in order to educate for the future. People need to understand the power of technology and how it can enhance their lives, it is very empowering to understand the basics.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Having people interested and perusing education in technology fields will increase Calgary's talent pool, which in turn will create economic opportunity for Calgary.

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

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10-Minute Neighbourhood

Diverse neighbourhood teams to compete to successfully build a 10-minute neighbourhood that allows people to access life’s daily necessities within a 10 minute walk.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgarians are starting to realize that walkable cities are more pleasant and more economical to live in. Given the history of Land-Use in Calgary (i.e. separated commercial from residential areas & lack of people-centric areas) few Calgary neighborhoods live up to the 10 minute neighbourhood (destination centric and accessibility)

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The ability to retain, create, and enhance 10 minute neighborhoods has benefits for users of the neighborhood and benefits for the community as a whole. Calgarians will become healthier and socially connected. The neighbourhoods will have a stronger economy (real estates, diverse retail)

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

A 10 minute neighborhood has two primary features – lots of places to walk to, and a way to get to those places on foot. For the analysis, this is mapped in term of two primary inputs (destinations & accessibility). Technology will be used to map assets, walk distances and neighbourhood attributes. Data such as walking distances, health records of neighbourhoods, economic data (real estate, business licenses etc), and municipal data on culture, city services and economics.

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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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LET'S MAKE CALGARY THE MOST CONNECTED CITY IN THE WORLD!

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The more connected a community is:

a) the greater the variety of services
b) the lower the cost of services
c) the higher the quality of life

To date, modern infrastructure services aimed at connecting citizens have focused on physical things like roads, airports, electrical lines and so on. From time to time new technologies are invented, and a community must introduce new kinds of infrastructure to enable new types of services, just like we did with the introduction of electricity, telecommunications, and internet.

Building this infrastructure will enable new kinds of services while reducing the cost of delivery and management of existing of existing se​rvices. Like all good infrastructure, it opens endless new possibilities, some which are easy to see while others cannot be forecasted.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Improved CITIZEN - CITIZEN Communication
- Address-based communication: (optional to block or restrict)
- Send a neighbour an invite to an event
- File a complaint directly to a neighbour (without disclosing your id, not a written message just a multi-select like mow-lawn, shovel snow etc.) If the issue is not resolved, then it can escalate to the city
- Share an emergency response data set with a neighbour. No one can the see details unless they open it and when they do you get a notification but now if something happens they have means to help meaningfully
- coordinate community initiatives, collect qualified feedback and votes etc

Improved CITIZEN - BUSINESS Communication
- Businesses can connect their service offerings to a property, and building occupants/owners can see them in an app store type interface. The service """"app store"""" simplifies finding and managing services for consumers
- Local business could be highlighted in the app store like service listings to help them grow
- Citizens can opt into promotional offerings from vendors which allows them to see specials and promotions
- Once you've added a service provider, you have a real-time chat and a full history of all orders, information and communications
- Business has improved visibility with simple tools to help customers consume their services which means lower costs and higher revenues
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Improved CITIZEN - GOVERNMENT Communication
- Government services and representatives can link to each property similar to the business services
- Once citizen or business connects to a property, they would instantly be connected to all their government representatives and could easily see/create events, chats, and so on
- Governments would now have a mechanism with the required level of security and authentication to enable a digital option for voters. Voting could start with use on small issues and overtime, as people become familiar and comfortable could be scaled up for every type of voting
- Census information could be easily collected as it could be part of a person's profile and an option is granted to use the data for Census. Census collectors could skip homes which use the digital option saving thousands of hours of labour
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Improved EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Each resident can create an emergency response data set which includes whatever data they deem important. This could range from relatives and their phone numbers to medications to pets to names, ages and bedroom locations of children. This data is cryptographically locked and is not visible until it is accessed. The creator gives emergency services a digital key if needed the department uses it to view the data. If this happens, the owner of the data gets a notification with details about who looks at it and when.
- Emergency service groups can also send out notifications to a geographic area and know that messages will also be delivered to people who may not currently be in the area. For instance, a fire is occurring, and emergency services can transmit a recorded call or text the """"Occupants"""" of neighbouring homes. If someone is across town, they still get the call because of their relationship to the property
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Improved BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT communication
- Getting a permit is often complex and costly as it requires research into who to even contact. By Government departments to connect their services to a property simplifies everything for them and business. Now a company will be able to select a property and instantly connect to all the right departments and people
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LET'S MAKE CALGARY THE MOST CONNECTED CITY IN THE WORLD!

These are only a few of the measurable outcomes. What is exciting is it all comes from connecting buildings and lots to a social network like structure, and using relationships between the property and people, government and business to simplify how we connect as a community.

This is the future. Let's take the lead and put our city on the world stage for technology innovation and rachet even higher on the quality of life rankings!

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

This application requires technology that has already been developed but not yet implemented for a city.

Ideally, data about buildings and lots would be connected directly i​n the network.

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Meet Up Office Space on the Go

Increased utilization of City owned real-estate for use of entrepreneurs as meeting or office space. This will add a new revenue stream for the city by renting out these space on hourly basis through a phone bar-code scan mechanism and provide an economical way for collaboration to take place in different areas of the city. Given the high office space vacancy rate in Calgary this service once pilot tested and proven on... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary has a high ratio of independent consultants and entrepreneurs than any other Canadian city. For this group it is not often possible to lease office space. And if you've young kids you can't typically work from home. Also, if you're travelling from out of town and wish to have a meeting with a local client, a temp meeting room easily booked through an app provides a quick way to have business discussions. Coffee shops are noisy and public and it is difficult to have business conversations in a public setting especially when confidentiality is needed or you wish to have a larger group and if you want to have a conference call. A private setting is more suitable.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Providing safe, accessible places where entrepreneurs can interact, have business conversations, share start-up business ideas will provide a safe and accessible platform distributed throughout the city that will be not only add a revenue stream for the city but also facilitate collaboration.

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

An app will be needed to show all the meetup spaces available on a map, windows available and rates. When you sign-up for a slot you'll be given a bar-code that you scan at the meetup entry and scan again when you leave and you'll be charged for the time you used the space. You will be able to rent a shared space or a private space.

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