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.
Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2
"After one of the worst economic downturns, Calgary will revolutionize to become Canada's most resilient, inclusive and accessible community by increasing economic diversification to support our innovation ecosystem and partnering to integrate smart city technologies and data into affordable housing initiatives – creating more jobs and opportunities for all".
Now is the time to share big, smart and ambitious ideas on how to make it a reality. Use your creative thinking, inclusive spirit and bold, innovative solutions to put this vision into action through connected technology and data.
Note: this Phase of the challenge is now closed to new submissions
Find out more about Calgary's submission and how Calgary is a smart city at calgary.ca/smartcity.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
How can Calgary open our infrastructure to foster and enable an ecosystem that supports innovative thinking and creative solutions?
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Check out this video to experience what a compassionate Calgary could be: Imagine what it would be like when Calgary is recognized as the most compassionate city in Canada. Neighbours are helping neighbours just because they want to. Elderly people’s sidewalks are shovelled. People stop to help someone with a broken-down vehicle. Homeless people are acknowledged. There might not even be any... more »
Allowing all citizens to have access to technology and programing to improve digital literacy.