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Civic Innovation YYC brings people and technology together to design the next generation of City services.

How it Works

Wondering what happens after you submit an idea? There are many paths your idea may take through Civic Innovation YYC.

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Once you’ve shared your idea, it’s open for feedback from the rest of the Civic Innovation YYC community. The collection of all ideas and comments are used to identify common themes and emerging opportunities for The City to explore.

We bring employees, citizens, and businesses together to test and prototype new ideas in the Civic Innovation Lab.

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Reasons to Participate

Calgary is a city full of innovative thinkers. Help us solve some of the biggest challenges we face as a City.

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Reasons You Should Participate


  • 1. Join a Community of Thought Leaders. If you want to join a community of problem solvers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and create solutions with their local government, you should participate in Civic Innovation YYC.

  • 2. Keep The Ownership Rights to your Idea. We’ve created an intellectual property framework that is friendly to entrepreneurs and business. If we create something together in the Civic Innovation Lab, you can still take your idea elsewhere to start a business. At the same time, The City will still be able to implement the solution locally.

  • 3. Collaborate with local government. If you want to help government innovate by rolling up your sleeves and trying new things, this is the place for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know the innovators of Calgary are a curious bunch. If you have questions about our program, check out our FAQs or email us to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is Civic Innovation YYC?
    • Civic Innovation YYC brings people and technology together to design the next generation of City services. We explore emerging trends, issues and technology as identified by you – our citizens.
  • 2. How do I submit an idea?
    • On this site, you will see a number of specific challenges that are open for your ideas. If you're ready to participate by submitting, voting, or commenting on ideas, you will need to log on using your myID account. A myID account can be created with a valid email address or an existing social media login.
  • 3. Who ultimately 'owns' my idea?
    • You do, and you grant The City permission to use it. Check out the Terms of use for the details.
  • 4. What is the Civic Innovation Lab?
    • The Civic Innovation Lab is a new space in City Hall where we bring people together to experiment and explore trends, issues and technology.