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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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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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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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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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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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What Industries Are We Going to Focus On To Diversify?

I see technology as a means to an end, it is used to be more competitive, more efficient, reducing costs to deliver goods and services that Calgarians want and need. I think we need to step back from the race to create more technology and decide what industries we want to focus on to diversify our economy. Any economy has natural advantages. Calgary's and Alberta's clearly rely on energy but where can we focus our efforts... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

I am not sure it is ambitious. I really like the technology ideas I see, I don't understand them but I like them. But I am left asking: what industries are we going to apply this technology to, to revolutionize it, to gain competitive advantage, to increase jobs and diversity?

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If we focus on some key industries in Calgary, economic growth, prosperity, and employment will grow, and is readily measurable. There are a number of indices that measure the makeup of the Calgary economy, and if we use technology and data well, we will see increased diversity.

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

My idea is that we need to decide on what we want to focus on, then use technology and data to create a competitive advantage. My votes would be for agriculture, tourism, hospitality, logistics, and manufacturing.

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Startup to provide sustainable co-housing and provide jobs

A startup that will provide venture capital for co-housing of different types (community, dorm-style) and create jobs is what the city needs. This is not a typical social housing but catered to those who are working or receiving pension or new to the City with annual income of $xxxxx. The idea of living in an affordable "community" and make it sustainable or even create jobs that members would be benefit from is timely.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

We heard of families or citizens struggling during the economic downturn, unable to pay mortgages. There's so much hype on home ownership which eventually drive prices up and so in a downturn, people are not prepared for the worse.

The City of Calgary should be a "leader" in shifting the paradigm that "home ownership" is not about pricey homes or getting mortgages. It's about making living sustainable and affordable, thus creating "happy" citizens.

The idea is inspired by San Francisco's StarCity model (http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-middle-class-moving-to-community-housing-starcity-2018-3) and Netherlands' cohousing initiatives (http://www.lvcw.nl/teksten/Cohousing%20in%20the%20Netherlands%20-%20as%20presentated%20at%20the%20Summit.pdf)

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The startup business model (venture capital, business group, resources, business monitoring, etc.)

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

You can make use of current technologies like 3D print a home (https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/apis-cor-3d-printed-house/) or use of recycled lumber, home smart solutions that you can monitor via an Apple iPad or Android tablet.

Residents can respond to surveys like measure their happiness or satisfaction, monitor success or failure of their work or business, etc.

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Solid waste to energy plant facility

An incineration plant that is capable of material and energy recovery from solid waste (municipal and industrial) operating economically, efficiently and environmentally friendly.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea if each and every Calgarian would want to be an environmentally conscious city which this project provide.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea would be for long term and as soon as this facility became operational rapid changes can be observe. Not only it resolves the growing problem on waste management, it is also an alternative cheap energy resource.

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

This idea is considered to be attainable since Japan is using this kind of waste management system and continously developing it through time.

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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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Local Government Open to Experimentation

How can Calgary open our infrastructure to foster and enable an ecosystem that supports innovative thinking and creative solutions?

Why is this an ambitious idea?

We need to support existing and attract entrepreneurial companies that require this kind of innovative ecosystem in a cohesive manner. There are a few entities in our community striving for this already, but how can we "turbo boost" this innovation?

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Enabling a creative and innovative ecosystem within our community could boost our economy, create jobs, support existing companies in testing and trying solutions and draw outside companies to land here.

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

This is more about setting up the foundation to use technology and data to further fuel our community. Living labs across our city could provide many opportunities for companies to demonstrate and test their products (both physical and digital).

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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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An upstream approach to urban development and economic benefits

If we are striving to build Calgary into a "resilient, inclusive and accessible community" then we do need a revolution. We need to look at new ways of building our city and supporting the wellbeing of us all. No more urban sprawl: stop all development of any new communities and focus on making the vast suburbs we have into complete communities and enriching the spaces we already have created. There is absolutely no... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It is ambitious because it means saying YES to a new way of life. It is a future of empowered communities, re-connecting with the natural world and by doing so harnessing the enormous potential of healthy ecosystems, renewable energy and human ingenuity. This is about working with the environment not against it. It is about LONGTERM planning and commitment, not just looking to the next fiscal cycle. It is about PROSPERITY for all, not just some - which makes us all stronger and happier people. It is about learning from our mistakes, not repeating them. It is about RESPECTING the wisdom of those whose peoples have lived on this land for thousands of years. It is about recognizing that all things are INTER-CONNECTED and INTER-DEPENDENT, that humans do not exist in isolation of each other or the world around us. It is about using less of everything and making the most of what we take. It is about treating others with kindness and dignity.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- decreased # of cars on the road; lowering avg GHG emissions and increased production of renewable energy; decreased waste; decrease in households living below poverty line; decreased homelessness; increased amount of green space and healthier natural ecosystems in and around the city; more investment in circular economic strategies

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

The models and tools already exist - we just need leaders willing to use them and commit to them. We need every decision made to have this vision in mind and they must always align with these principles of being "resilient, inclusive and accessible" as a litmus test. We need to work with existing industries to move toward cleaner and greener technology solutions and putting more money in the pockets of Canadians and less in foreign banks. Is there a minimum local investment opportunity? It is time for governments and decision-makers at all levels to do what they are meant to do: consider the well-being of the people and environment they serve. We need a revolution that prioritizes principles of global citizenship in all leadership. The technology is there but it needs to be incentivized to flow into creations that fit with this vision. early childhood development investment, basic income, rent control, rent subsidies, complete neighbourhood development, active transportation, investment in students and newcomers. So many solutions exist - it's about putting them into action. Host more live hackathons to stimulate innovation, bring business, NGO, civil society together to solve problems together. We need to invest in people, the technology will follow.
We need our planners and government to start looking at things holistically and as interconnected.
The prairie climate centre http://prairieclimatecentre.ca/
http://theconversation.com/how-canadas-oil-capital-can-become-a-climate-leader-92909
https://www.cagbc.org/zerocarbon
Follow recommendations made by Sustainable Calgary, Alberta Riparian Habitat Management, and other experts in this field.
Give more to Momentum and Thrive and local business investment
Give scholarships for tech and green business training and promote synergies -- use networks and technologies already existing and those being developed
Breakdown silos using technologies to connect needs and new business ideas, jobs and people looking for work experience, harnessing volunteers and youth
Use the Climate reality project benchmarks
Listen to people already living off the grid, and engineers who can create new efficiencies and new systems
Technology + diverse voices + nature + equity = solutions
Now is the time for bold leadership and urgent action.
Money is a human construct, we created it and now it's time we gain control of it again, not let it control and subjugate us anymore.

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Modular farming

Buildings similar to storage lockers could be built. ( employment for the trades)
in those buildings would house CONTAINER FARMS. (employment for manufactures)
The buildings provide a control environment for the container farms.
Reneable energies technologies could power the farms; solar, wind, geothermal.(employment for the New trades)
The container farms would be used to grow eatable products such as lettuce, herbs... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because of the positive impact it can have on the environment and employment. Normally container farming requires less space to produce a far greater yield. to feed the entire population of Calgary many building would be needed thus more work and potentially sell the produce to other cities.
the standard green house does not work in Calgary or there would be a great number of green houses around. that is why this is ambitious.
If Calgarians know where their vegetables are coming from and grown naturally maybe we would eat more vegetables and be a healthier city. this would also benefit the AHS.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By Yield of produce.
By employment numbers
By lower co2 emissions
By Financial data. Profit.

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

The use of computers could create the perfect environment for plants to thrive.
Data can help to determine the most beneficial and financial rewarding produce to grow.
Create the demand for renewable energy. the Buildings themselves could be used as power plants to collect and store wind and solar power to self sustain.

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Smart Traffic Lights

Use sensors augmented by Google maps to control traffic signals.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Using technology to improve trafficking flow which by default also improves GHG emissions, a win win for the city and the citizens of Calgary.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Improved traffic flow and reduced GHG emissions

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

Use road sensors to traffic flow along entire road way, not just at light traffic stops. Use google maps to track traffic flows and adjust traffic signals automatically based on traffic flows

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Try, Fail, Learn, Improve, Repeat

How do we improve quickly? We need to learn quickly. I proposes that the City challenge itsself to experiment in all areas of its services and operation. Create a method to track experiments, outcomes, and lessons learned. Perfection is not key, volume is key. If you miss 100% of the shots you don't make, make more shots at the basket.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea isn't so much a huge problem as a huge SOLUTION! This idea has the potential to address problems we don't even know exist; from encouraging economic diversification to addressing social issues.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The City can measure the impact of this challenge by establishing a platform to track and get publicity for their experiments. Use software which can identify key words to evaluate what kind of experiments are being conducted and what is being learned. Include surveys to get more targeted feedback.

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

Create a platform for all City departments to publish their experiments, their goals, outcomes and lessons learned. Teams can compete on how many experiments they run and how often the fail (yes fail. we learn more when we fail and need to incentivize it).

Critical to the success of this is that experiments be small and controlled. Thus the repercussions of failure are small and controlled but the lessons still persist.

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