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Open market on Stephen Avenue

Every Saturday. Create space for an open vendors market from May to September. Allow for small private vendors without an expensive license for the term or weekly. Invite amateur artists and musicians and of course food trucks.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It allows many individuals to enter the "work force" from many entry points.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Anectodal surveys and for vendors and general public.

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

Share this idea through media. Sign up for vendors via website.

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Invest in AI Education - Start now before it's too late!

In China, the government has invested $1 billion on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research park.
AI is going to play an enormous part of our future. My suggestion is to give grants to AI programs offered by colleges, universities, etc... Put some standards in place and allow many colleges to apply for these grants. (standards such as: quality, ethics, hands-on learning etc...) Make sure many colleges/universities are... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

If we wait five years to invest in AI graduates, it'll be too late. Don't leave it to the schools to come up with the program fees. Tell them to start the programs and have the city pay for most of it, charging the students a nominal fee. Keep the standards high allowing only the best and brightest students to be accepted. The AI program is different from any other programs in that it needs to be singled out and given more funding. The bottom line is the program needs to be affordable for most Canadians.
Calgary cannot wait or we'll be left behind as other cities worldwide are already investing in AI education for its citizens.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgary can study other cities to find out how they are measuring the effectiveness of their AI education. Do this quick and start implementing a strategy as the "golden opportunity" is going to pass soon.

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

Technology will be a collaborative effort between the city and the education centers to provide state-of-the-art facilities whereby students can thrive in innovating AI. Students will have to utilize cutting-edge technology create the most advanced AI possible.

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Consolidate, Densify, Invite, Entice, Grow

Consolidate - Find a low density/high vacancy section (existing infrastructure) OR new area of development of the Downtown core.
Densify - Rezone a few blocks including vacant commercial buildings into residential living
Invite - Invite smart city tech companies. Either: a) 1 or 2 large companies (i.e.Google - Sidewalk Labs) OR b) 5-6 small startups to use these commercial buildings and build an entire smart ecosystem... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Not only are we aiming to revitalize the economy, but we are looking to regain that momentum from Amazon's bid and grab another large scale company. We NEED DENSITY in Calgary, we NEED TRAFFIC in Calgary. These are signs of a vibrant city when people are constantly moving across the city to do a variety of things and not just stuck in our low density suburbs. Bringing in a large company to integrate a smart city development in the Downtown core (using existing or new infrastructure) not only helps to create a more effective, efficient, smart city, but also boosts tech investment as other companies will see the larger company exploring new cities. This would be a great opportunity to integrate with the new Green Line as well.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Create a similar proposal to that of Amazon to lure a company/companies that are looking for a test site for their technology. Make sure to have a clause that they have to hire X amount of Full timers and X amount of interns. We will know if its effective if a technology company decides to come up and take the offer. If they do thats great and we can measure effectiveness more so when they hire Albertans (looking for work and students), when we see other companies being created or coming up to the tech district in Calgary, regain density downtown, and there is an increase in STEM applications at our post-secondary institutions. If people want to move back to Downtown, especially in this region, then we know it's working.

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

There are countless ideas that can be integrated with technology and data, but we need to have density to have Big chunks of Data to actually make it valuable. Technology is just an arm of what we want it to do, but we need people to collect data from. We can build the perfect "smart" city, but if there are no people ready to move in or that want to go there, there is no data to truly make it into a smart city. We need density, we need a technology district, we need diversification. This is a great opportunity to truly rebuild Calgary as a city of the future and bring in a technology company that is well-funded and well-established to help build a smart city ground up with Albertan employees and students and give people a reason to want to live, play, and spend more time in Downtown Calgary.

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A technology (Information Technology) hub in the city of Calgary

As a strategic means of economic diversification,proper utilization of immigration policies,positioning of the city of calgary on the world map,encouraging technological advancement and discovery as well as a means of providing economic growth,the city needs a technological hub zoned out for the purpose of incubating and housing technological startups including entrepreneurial IT startups by immigrants and institutional... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary and the province are in need of economic diversification and the implementation of an idea of this nature will not only boost economic growth through a shift from oil,it will also encourage a boom in the information technology sector allowing for more jobs,innovation,knowledge export and tourism.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgarians will enjoy the benefits of :
-A boost in employment rate,growth of a new economic sector,
-Advancement in IT research and artificial intelligence,
-Inspiration for younger Calgarians
-Higher internally generated revenue from knowledge exportation and tourism
-A city they will be even more proud of.

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

We can make this happen through public private partnerships,collaborations with educational and research institutions,Government funding,encouraging immigration of information technology entrepreneurs and development of new policies that will protect,fund and provide strategy for this idea.

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One Window Access to Affordable Housing in Calgary

Our community will leverage technology and partnerships to radically improve how low- and moderate-income Calgarians access the affordable housing that they need. Through a coordinated intake process across over 60 organizations, we will improve the experience for Calgarians needing access to affordable housing so that more people can be efficiently and successfully housed.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

90,000 Calgary households (1 in 5) are in need of affordable housing, meaning that they earn less than $60,000 per year and spend more than 30% of their income on shelter costs. Currently, there is no single place where these Calgarians can go to find transparent information about their options or apply for affordable housing.

There are over 60 independent non-profit organizations operating affordable rental housing in Calgary. Most of these providers have different eligibility criteria and siloed intake processes, which for the most part are heavily paper-based or reliant on inadequate technology systems. At least 36 different organizations maintain a waitlist, and the extent of duplication across these lists is unknown. Many clients do not know about their options, while others spend significant time and effort to complete multiple application processes with different providers. Several social service organizations have created full-time “housing locator” positions just to help clients navigate this complex system. In 2016, The City of Calgary completed a current state assessment through extensive engagement with affordable housing providers, other social service agencies, and tenants and applicants. This engagement confirmed that the process of finding affordable housing is difficult, time intensive, and traumatic for citizens.

A coordinated intake process for affordable housing has been repeatedly identified as a priority by community initiatives and plans over the years, including Enough For All: The Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Calgary’s Updated Plan to End Homelessness, and the Community Housing Affordability Collective’s Prioritized Action Plan. This project is also identified in The City’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy as well as in the Government of Alberta's Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Implementation of a One Window coordinated intake process for affordable housing would substantially improve access for all Calgarians to appropriate, affordable housing that meets their needs. This approach would create a centralized system that is client-centered and easy to navigate, removing systemic barriers to entry, increasing transparency, and ensuring that Calgary’s affordable housing is effectively utilized to meet clients’ basic needs. As a secondary benefit, a centralized system would remove duplication and create significant efficiencies for affordable housing providers through automation and integration of resource-intensive processes. Additionally, a common intake system would make possible for the first time a single, centralized waitlist for housing in Calgary, which would generate new citywide data and analytics on housing need and supply to inform future policy decisions. Making affordable housing easier to access for all Calgarians who need it will ultimately contribute to a more equitable and inclusive city for everyone.

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

A shared technology solution would centralize all aspects of the housing application across housing providers, from the initial client screening through to matching each person with a home. From a client perspective, this would create a single application process, with all sharing of data across stakeholder organizations taking place on the back end. There are opportunities to leverage technology to make this system easily accessible to clients through multiple channels, which could include one or more staffed offices, a self-serve online portal, decentralized kiosks, or a mobile app, to meet the diverse needs of applicants.

This project is attainable because government and non-profit partners are already collaborating to lay the groundwork for a future state system. The City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta have collectively committed $1.3M since 2016 to support scoping, planning, and detailed design for the future One Window coordinated intake process. The City is currently working with housing providers and other community partners to gather requirements for a new IT system and determining a viable operating model and governance structure for a future state solution. However, a funding source to build and/or operate a future One Window housing intake system has not yet been identified.

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A Smart City includes Elderly and non-English speaking people.

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 »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

According to The City of Calgary Seniors Population Profile published in 2016 using data from 2011, 10% of Calgarians are seniors, 41% of seniors are immigrants, and 25% of seniors live alone.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgary will be on the forefront of senior care, very important in today’s world where Diversity & Inclusion emphasizes that Calgary and Canada should address everyone. Use the Seniors Population Profile to address exactly how many Calgarians will be helped by implementing technology to ensure that all citizens have a way to communicate when/where they need assistance, and know which Calgarians are available and able to assist.

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

Use Wi-Fi access points at places like City Hall and C-Train stations to automatically identify citizens who may need assistance (physical, senior). These citizens may, for example, push a button on their wrist or even speak to a wearable microphone in their own language to identify that they need help. Any citizens who are nearby and able to help will be notified via cell phone text or something similar. These citizens who help may have to pass a security screening or other training in order to show that they are able to help respective to the help needed. For example, having to have up-to-date first aid training to assist in related problems.
Use Internet of Things to identify door-to-door salesmen and thieves so that seniors know to not open their door. Example, use Smart Cities and WiFi cameras to identify people who are going door-to-door and inform seniors in their home to not open the door, because some seniors may believe that anybody who comes to their door is trustworthy.

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

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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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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Blockchain

I believe that the City of Calgary could best develop a proposal for Smart City funding if it were to commit to developing capabilities for the development and deployment (the tough part) of blockchain technologies. This is not about one particular project per se, but rather a commitment to build upon the City's current capabilities in blockchain and create highly visable, highly valuable, cost-effective projects that... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The huge problem is that blockchain technology is just emerging, but certainly is believed by leading organizations across the world as a technology that could have dramatic impact upon the way that services are provided. Many believe that it will upgrade services as dramatically as when the internet arrived (can you imagine the City of Calgary doing without internet provision of services?). This means that there is a significant upgrade in services that can be explored IF the City can find legitimate use cases (easy), develop the capabilities to architect solutions (hard) and convince its internal staff to engage with upgrading (very hard). However, if successful Calgary will have elite services for its citizens and can support an emerging ecosystem of blockchain talent in industry and academia (e.g. through Calgary Technologies).

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Depends upon the projects chosen, but as a straightforward example, if the City were to develop services around sovereign identity services enabled via blockchain it could be a meaningful upgrade to the function provided by 'myID'. Also, there could be an upgrade to the City's IIOT capabilities making the data more secure and more transparent. However, I suspect that the greatest benefit may come from backoffice efficiencies in the finance and accounting functions of the City.

I believe that if Calgary were to commit to this strategy and resource it well, that it could develop into a narrative that could improve Calgary's brand nationally and internationally.

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

-Increase support for existing resources like innovation lab
-Develop blockchain strategy (which projects, which protocols)
-Integrate with existing ecosystem (via Rainforest and University)

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IoT Sensor Network for YYC

Evolve Open Calgary by adding in real-time sensor data that would be collected and shared from participating citizens in Calgary. The City would provide the base infrastructure network and build an incentive program for citizens to participate.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary does not have a public and free-use network that allows for the sharing of sensor data. The cost and complexity to build a public sensor-based network for the municipality is prohibitive for the average citizen.

 

Open Calgary does not contain readily available real-time data. Freely accessible data not only encourages public participation but also allows for the Calgary and its citizens to make data-driven decisions.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The city will have all kinds of sensor data to make data-driven decisions. Groups such as local businesses, schools and individuals will all have accessibility to public sensor data to design, build and implement specific solutions for Calgarians.

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

Calgary can make it happen by building a city wide IoT network that is open and free to use. The city could start by leveraging technologies that are; built on open source, economical to deploy and maintain, and are environment and power friendly with a focus on Sensor data. Once the network is in place, groups (citizens, communities, businesses, schools, etc.) can be incentivized to participate by receiving free or subsidized nodes to host sensors. These sensor nodes would provide data over the publicly shared network to a data repository such as Open Calgary. All groups, including the city, would be able to use the public data to build useful dashboards, applications, and make informed decisions. As Calgary learns and grows with this low cost IoT network and innovation scales, future needs would be met by adapting the network to be capable of handling increased coverage and bandwidth requirements for more sophisticated IoT solutions.

 

Some information and examples of technology that can be used:

• LPWAN (low powered wide area network) - click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LPWAN.

• LoRaWAN (long range LPWAN) - click https://www.lora-alliance.org/.
o Japan - https://smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/lorawan-iot-network-deployed-in-japan-960
o Taiwan - https://smartcitiesworld.net/connectivity/connectivity/lora-network-will-help-taiwan-become-a-smart-island
o Stratford, ON - http://www.eleven-x.com/2018/02/21/eleven-x-partners-city-stratford-smart-parking-pilot/

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Solar roads to reduce cost/generate revenue/ prepare for future

Install heated solar roads on tertiary routes to reduce the cost of snow removal and maintenance, reduce the amount of sand/rocks on the road, and reduce collisions.
Use the revenue generated from the energy produced by the panels and the cost savings to expand the amount of solar roads and sidewalks in the city. Therefore not needing additional tax dollars to grow, and eventually lessen the tax burden on citizens.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

No other city in the world has done it.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If it reduces costs to city, taxes to the taxpayer, accidents on the roads, and makes Calgary a global leader in autonomous vehicle development.

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

The panels would be the technology that creates the data needed to address the missing pieces to make autonomous vehicles a reality.

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Include tcket fair for LRT/BUS in event ticket

Many European Cities include the fair for the public transport in the event ticket price. For example a holder of a ticket for flames or stampeders game etc would have a day pass for LRT/Bus included in the ticket price. This will promote public transport and eliminate bottlenecks at the train stations and also lower cost for the public transport company. Other events organizers like concerts and fairs could include their... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will take cooperation from all stakeholders.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

People will like it and it will be easier for travelers and transport

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

Its been used all over the world, nothing new, just another step to make access to public transport easier.

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Cohousing: Affordable, sustainable and social supportive

Cohousing is a Denmark concept. It describes neighborhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. The concept of sharing spaces and everyday lives It is also an affordable and sustainable living way with energy saving effects of sharing common spaces, and an example of community living.
It is a solution for low-income people but also for insolate people... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Create a sustainable community where neighbours learn to support each other. Bring economical and mental health benefits to the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Energy saving effects of sharing common spaces. By pooling resources to build and maintain common eating, dining and recreational facilities, savings on materials, manpower and ongoing energy and maintenance costs are significant.

Read more: What is Cohousing and How Does it Work? | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072215/what-cohousing-and-how-does-it-work.asp#ixzz5Ayjy8F2i

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

Applying green energy concepts to make those smart buildings and sustainable communities.

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CoHousing proponent :)

A Community Economic Development initiative that is currently in the planning phase. Mixed commercial/residential co housing from "retirement" to hospice. The community will be designed to support people through varying types of loss -aging in place with internal and external community supports. It comprises three revenue generating, purpose driven, charitable social enterprises that will be operated by the community.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

While varying aspects of this concept are found in many places throughout the world, there is no community that interweaves all these elements.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Cohousing - Denmark, UK, US, Aus
Purpose Driven Organization - Love and Cugnon
Logotherapy - Dr Viktor Frankl https://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning

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

Technology - Architectural designs support the community (University of Calgary Research)
Data - I am not entirely clear on what this criteria means in this community concept. Could it be in terms of research?
Community Prosperity, Social Innovation and Community Development - Mount Royal University Research

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