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Aquaponic community garden

Year round Community gardens using certifiably organic growing technique of aquaponics. We can sustainably and consistently grow organic food while creating an amazing atmosphere year round.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because using aquaponics growing techniques is the way of sustainable organic food production of the future. If done right aquaponics vertical farming grows up to 22x more food per year in the same square feet as terestial growing, using 5% of the water, and staying organic. Reduces our carbon footprint drastically by eliminating transportation of food. With modern lighting technology the cost to produce is reduced significantly. It would make a great gathering place for community. This is the future, we can be the first to do it as a city. To my knowledge anyway

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Personal health surveys.

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

With growing awareness aquaponics growing systems are being developed and improved around the world rapidly. The systems already exist we only need to implement them.

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Safe and Digital In Calgary

Crime can be very scary. But if there are security cameras, in business areas, restaurants, playgrounds, schools, parks and most areas where there are more people and less people that goes to, etc. Added cctv's can alert or prevent many crimes or even can solve crimes. Now the future are more on smart products, I was thinking also of digital signs that flashing instead of just a stationary signs, example in business areas,... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is a futuristic ideas. Innovation is our way to be on top.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Business can bloom. All we need to do is to innovate.

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

Yes it is very attainable. Digital are the new era.

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autonomous-vehicule transportation network

This is a call to action to make happen the 'driver-less Uber' concept by getting buy-in by a big part of members of society to commit to reduce the need for vehicle ownership by implementing an open full-fledge vast autonomous-vehicle transportation network. Manufacturers/dealerships would commit to provide the vehicles with a guaranteed minimum amount of use by consumers. There would be diverse type of vehicles. Businesses... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Such level of engagement and encompassment would requires city-level coordination and support.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Getting the minimum registration required in the network by both consumers and providers

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

Wireless, big-data, AI, robotic, autonomous navigation and other technologies are required for location-awareness, vehicle-consumer communication, online shopping, vehicle navigation, network management, payments and so on.

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Innovation Hubs to fuel Economic Development

Invest and build an innovation hub to foster the development of emerging technologies within Calgary, allowing entrepreneurs and business leaders to come together and collaborate. This hub could serve as a “Virtual Industrial Park” for new start-ups for application development, innovation, collaboration, and to test and incubate ideas, with a path through to a full production environment. These hubs would be able to... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary has focused on fostering and maintaining the success of the Energy sector, and overall this has been of great benefit to the city. It has been challenging for new emerging technologies to get the support and visibility required to be successful. In creating a hub that will foster technology in areas traditionally outside of the energy sector, such as agri-business, a hub can help foster diversity and lead to economic development and stability in the future. This will also help Calgary address current downtown vacancy rates, and inject energy, innovation and growth into our downtown core.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured through the following:
-Entrepreneurial & organizational growth of the organizations that leverage economic development hubs
-Change in downtown commercial vacancy rates
-Net new investment made in Calgary’s technology sector

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

Technology plays a pivotal role - and TELUS is able to provide the physical connectivity (fibre & wireless), and the scalable data orchestration technology behind the “Virtual Industrial Park”. Use of this space and technology will enable the entrepreneurial growth and economic diversification that Calgary needs.

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Promote the use and improve accessibility of open data

City of Calgary has a very awesome open data portal of which I believe it is under utilized. Reasons include lack of promotion of use such as hackathons and learning workshops.

We have a good startup community and alot of eager/creative social entrepreneurs. If the City can promote more events such as opendata hackathons or help advertising tools utilizing opendata and providing more real-time data-sets (ie. free parking... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

There are alot of highly educated people in Calgary and a very good startup/tech scene. Furthermore, we also have a lot of social entrepreneurs willing to make things better in Calgary, but we need the City's help.

City of Calgary has provided us with an open data portal, but even if we have the data and tutorials on the api, there is a lack of motivation from the City's side to promote Calgarians to utilize these data. As such, most developers are unaware of these data or just not motivated enough to utilize these data.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

You will probably see a lot more entrepreneurs or people trying to kickstart technology in making this city a more high tech place to be in.

An app that allows people to use AR technology to see what a particular public art is all about? Check
An app that tells you what is the closest garbage can in a Calgary park? Check
How about a website that displays Calgary's top trends for small business owners using demographic and census data? ditto

The opportunities are endless and the City would not need to spend a dime in innovating such products as local tech people would do it for their own reasons.

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

By providing more platforms for people to learn about your open data portal, more real-time datasets as well as promotion channels to support the development of open data technology, we can make this happen and have calgary become a more connected place.

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"After one of our worst downturns, Calgary will revolutionize to become Canada’s most resilient, inclusive and accessible centre; by increasing our economic diversification to build upon our existing ecosystem AND by partnering to integrate smart city technologies, data and innovation into every affordable and sustainable housing initiative – creating more jobs and housing for all".

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A gig economy platform that connects people w job opportunities

By 2020 it is estimated that 45% of the Canadian workforce will be made up of freelancers, independent contractors and on-demand workers. To meet this emerging reality gigit has built a system for the gig economy that connects people with opportunities in their local area. Through gigit's connected technology platform, users can earn a living by networking within their community. 

As a quick overview, gigit marketplace... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

The general idea is for the city of Calgary to use one marketplace for all paid and volunteer freelance jobs. This vision of an all-in-one platform is ambitious, but can be done with the right message.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

- Increase in personal income
- Decrease in unemployment.
- Increase in donations
-Increase in volunteer hours

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

- Mobile and computer application.
- Big Data tracking of revenue, jobs, and hours worked.
- A digital resume built with ratings and reviews of past work.

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Electric scooter or small vehicle for City commuting

Imagine a system for a portion of City commuting with electric scooters, electric skateboards, electric bicycles or any of those small 1 to 2 person vehicles or devices.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea is ambitious only because it is unconventional, not the norm which makes it out of the box, is very different from normal people's bias. Yet if people can break away from that bias it can solve a huge amount of City commuting issues and money, save our environment, diversify our economy and allow for a more healthy lifestyle.
If we have a system where we can commute to work, to the nearby grocery stores, to places nearby where we don't have to drag a ton of metal (car) with us each time. The trick here is to develop a system for these vehicles along or with the bike path system. Not on the roads competing with all the big vehicles. Calgary is ideal for this with its huge network of bike path systems already in place, especially along the rivers. And a system that is presently mostly under utilized, that is mostly used for recreation and not commuting.

I would start by introducing this system along the bike pathways as a pilot project with goals to achieve certain levels of usage after each year. Speed limits would be enforced. $50m would be a nice figure but I don't think it even requires that much.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The true measure of effectiveness is when we can achieve real utilization. For example, if we can shift 5000 people from driving to work downtown to this mode of transport. That in itself will cut down on our carbon footprint and save cost. Traffic congestion on the roads will be reduced. With less traffic on roads, maintenance will also be reduced and that savings can be put to improving this bike path systems, bearing in mind that a bike path system is a lot cheaper than a road both in building and maintenance. Besides savings in building and maintenance, we also save in parking spaces, even to no parking spaces required if an electric skateboard is used for commuting. There are so many benefits and advantages for this system if you think about it. The list can only keep growing.
What's even more exciting is that Calgary can become a world leader in a system like this. There is really no other city doing this. This will be true diversification as we can export this system, even export the vehicles that comes about from this innovation. Yes you can even implement solar heated pathways, smart traffic controls, etc. The economic benefits can be immense.

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

Technology can really play a huge part here. If you use for example an electric 3wheeler like a prototype Toyota iRoad model, it is a vehicle that is really suited for this system as it is covered and can be heated for winter driving. Even if it's not perfectly suited, it is not a technology that is difficult to improve. It is not like developing an electric car for the future. It is developing a vehicle that can be developed today for today's usage. You don't need to develop a battery for all that maximum range. One only need to charge the battery every few days to commute to work every day. And because it's a much smaller battery it can even be charged with 4 solar panels installed on your garage roof. This is all achievable today. Where one gets free energy to get to work, to run small errands around the city. It will be a game changer. It is also where we replace where we tend to use our car most, that is our City commute. And leave those occasional long distance travel to using our only car in the household.
Because it is a small system for small ranges to travel, all the latest smart technology can also be easily integrated. Technology can also be used to control traffic patterns. Any traffic jams or accidents can easily be diverted or resolved. Any injuries will usually be minor compared to normal car accidents. Manual bike cycling is popular for a lot of these reasons. But the cycling public is limited in numbers and especially during winter months. Here we will have a system that is more open to the public and throughout the year. There's really no reason for not pursuing this vision except for people's skepticism. Some other cities especially crowded cities are getting on to this. But their implementation is quite poor, like those bike sharing programs. We have an opportunity to implement it well if we start with a system on bike paths, not on roads sharing with cars.

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Social Calgary Mobility Platform

Shift social responsibility back into the community by creating a socially responsible mobility platform, that allows a city to operates like a village. The platform will be used by both people who are in need of social support, and those able to offer support. The app will act as social infrastructure matching people with what they need for a price they can afford. It will give Calgarians the opportunity to show our... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

It is ambitious because it applies aspects of the share economy to social responsibility. It takes a model similar to Airbnb, and uses the same digital infrastructure, but applies it to a social need. The application is also ambitious, as it would be done in partnership by citizens and the government to create offerings that are integrated with the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

It can be easily compared to other mobility applications that have peer-to-peer interaction, user-generated content, and utilize a share economy (Airbnb, Uber, Kijiji). Mobility applications of this type are effective because they can quickly match demand with need. They are flexible, adaptable, and affordable because they use large networks of users to deliver the services. This will be effective in the same way because it will be created using the same system architecture.

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

Technology and data is at the centre of this idea. Users will generate the content and the mobility platform will act as the infrastructure to provide the services.

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Amalgamate Calgary Parking Authority and City of Calgary Roads

Amalgamation of Calgary Parking Authority into City of Calgary Transportation Dept with or under Roads.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is not ambitious just a solid arguement. CPA is duplicating work by City of Calgary Roads Department just ask the Traffic Engineering Dept and Traffic Field Operations inaccurate billing for work orders. It’s all wasted taxpayer dollars. I request that you do a study before you hire the next CPA General Manager as clearly the last hire/fire was inappropriate with women and general responsibilities, not to mention the previous fiasco with CPA.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-parking-authority-settles-parkplus-lawsuit-1.1332928.
It’s not public but the CPA and Roads workforces know and it’s been incredibly destructive for morale. Parkplus system is also dying with the waves of better technology.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Ask yourselves how much you have spent trying to sell the outdated Parkplus System and how much revenue it has brought into the City? International Parking Institute does not promote Parkplus and here’s the best apps. https://www.parking.org
Ask yourselves with a continuous declining economy start of 2014 what is the return revenue CPA brings in? Rates have been dropped so expect a smaller return City Council.
Duplicated work that could be absorbed by The City of Calgary - technicians, CFO, HR, GM, local38 employees, IT, the list goes on and on and on... snow route parking bans, I could make lists all day.

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

Stop wasting money to sell a pipe dream called Parkplus. CPA has to go back to their traditional services, parking enforcement and collection of revenue. Parkplus was designed in 2004, that’s 14 years ago, technology has changed Parkplus has not. Consolidate CPA with Roads and cut the most expensive part out wasting time and taxpayer dollars on medical, dental, wages, pensions,snow removal, HR, and every duplicated job that cost the taxpayers money. CPA is not a business.

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Environmental Attributes (EA) for Business

The Plugging In: Opportunities to Procure Renewable Energy for Nonutility Companies and Institutiona in Alberta by the Pembina Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute for Calgary Economic Development outlines a complex process for Information Technology, Consumer goods and other corporations to purchase renewable energy through environmental attributes (EAs) Simplifying this process by certifying environmental attributes... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

To meet Canada's climate change targets in 2050, business must be engaged. As per the government of Canada's submission to the UN, this is a monumental task and a transition of our society.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured by the number of Environmental attribute (EA) contracts, the dollar value of the contracts, the number of environmental GHG projects and the number of companies participating.

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

Information Technology companies and consumer good companies have set targets for 100% renewable energy. This is done using a very risky virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) process. By simplifying and certifying the environmental attribute (EA) process, it allows IT companies to meet the renewable energy targets.

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artists in residence in the core

Smart Cities Pitch (Infrastructure)

The Problem:

Calgary continues to have an over abundance of commercial floor space in the core. At the same time, the local arts economy lacks both capital and space for arts entrepreneur especially as well, in the core.

The Pitch:

Calgary could be a world leader in providing a unique “artist in residence” approach that would combine the needs and visions of the business economy... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

it combines the arts economy with the business economy

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

count the number of new arts entrepreneurs that find a home

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

its a face to face idea, not a high tech idea

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School Elder Program

Following First Nations leadership, we bring an innovative elders based program to our schools...

Why is this an ambitious idea?

it brings local knowledge, skills and energy directly into our schools making our kids smarter

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

not measurable...too human

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

please keep tech out of this one!

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Healthy food Kiosks at all C Train stations

I am among that hundreds of C train travellers who have money but no time to stop at a cafeteria and buy something to eat as we all are in rush and we don't want to get late. Opening food kiosks at all C train stations (Like many other metropolitan cities) will not only serve hundreds of traveller's hunger but also helps our community to generate tons of money by increasing employment opportunities.
Cheers for our City... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

As these may leads to adding funds for the City of Calgary. Also, Will help our city to improve our Unemployment.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Check your database to count how many people travels through C trains every single day and You will get your answer.

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

Safety comes first. So, Obviously we will be using new electric Equipment's to cook and serve snacks.

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Innovation- Recycling- Manufacturing- Economic Diversification

The premise of this proposal is to use Alberta's existing petroleum production and incorporate environmental sustainability and manufacturing diversification to become a leader in material conversion.
Currently there are no facilities in North America that truly convert petroleum bi-products into raw materials that include nylons, polyesters and natural fibers. We used to ship significant quantities to Asia however that... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea is ambitious because it could render Calgary and Alberta a global leader in materials conversion, recycling and re-use. It could reduce waste and improve the environmental health of Calgary, Alberta and Canada. It would enable economic diversification with the use of existing petroleum products, reduction in dependence upon new petroleum products and help us move towards sustainable innovation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured by considering how much daily material waste is collected; what happens to it and how it impacts the environment. We can then consider what the economic benefits would be if we converted these products locally and see the change in economic stimulus through petroleum bi-product conversion, manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales.

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

This idea is attainable through technology because innovative technology would be required to create the new facilities, develop advanced sorting systems and conversion processes. Data is limitless as the research and innovation possible with a mega-site would enable us to study and determine optimum conversion processes, means to convert, analysis of materials discarded and potential reuse, sales and market potential, domestic use and foreign use. This facility could render Calgary a legitimate leader in materials processing incorporating technology, data analysis, manufacturing strength and equipment innovation.

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