We only have a few days left before CSW Europe 2015! Exciting stuff is on your way, so make sure you have reserved your tickets and the checked the agenda as well. Meanwhile, as part of our weekly Friday routine here is a  curated weekly roundup of the breaking news and must-read thought leadership pieces on the crowd economy spotted by the Crowdsourcing Week team. 

Startups call Aussie government to prioritize corporate crowdfunding

Startups call the attention of the Australian government to take a stab on the corporate crowdfunding and make things simpler for them. ABC.net.au reported.

“Crowd funding is often used by cash-strapped creators who give away a copy of their artwork, film or album in return for a small online donation to help create it. But Australian businesses want in on this funding model; instead of giving back a product, donors would receive a slice of the company’s profit. Current regulation makes this all but impossible and companies are calling on the government to make things simpler.”

Drones can build bridges that you can walk

Check out these drones that can build bridges through spools of rope that you can walk, Mic.com reported. Here’s a sneak peek of the story.

For the first time, a small flying squadron of drones has built a structure stable enough to stand on. A team of scientists at the architecture and design university ETH Zurich programmed the flying team of self-piloting drones as part of a program to use drones for construction projects. The copters start out by scanning the existing structure — the scaffolding on either side of the room was set up by human hands, and the team manually adjusted the robots’ code to account for the spacing.”

What should a smart city look like?

Projjal K. Dutta, Sustainability Director, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City, believes that you can’t have smart cities without smart mobility and so argues that walking is better, which is also provides health benefits, TM Forum reported.

“Speaking at the recent TM Forum Smart Cities InFocus event in Yinchuan, China,  Dutta said that most people in the US mostly travel in single-occupancy cars and that one benefit of public transportation systems is that, “People walk a lot more, which contributes to better health for the community. They get around from A to B using much less energy and creating much less environmental damage than if they were driving a car, travelling all by themselves.”

Who’s who in Europe’s mobility equation?

Here’s a thought piece by Priti Ambani, CSW Global Media Director on PWC’s World in Beta blog, sharing her insights and predictions on Europe’s smart cities and mobility.

“The focus, heavily has been on how platforms and on-demand services have rendered traditional services obsolete and there has been pushback on this, naturally. One vertical which is dominating news and case studies on the digital economy is mobility. A smart city is incomplete without smart mobility and this reality manifests itself in Europe, one of the most developed regions in the world. When we talk mobility in Europe, some key players come to mind. These current developments are refining the smart commuting equation not only in Europe but worldwide, if we pay close attention.”

Why every entrepreneur should invest in crowd capital?

Here’s a thought piece by Epi Ludvik Nekaj featured on Virgin on why every entrepreneur should invest in crowd capital.

Crowd capital is democratic capital that helps billions take ownership at the macro level. Rather than relying on the top one per cent for economic stability, we are looking at billions helping to create a more robust financial ecosystem through collaboration.

[Photo credit: Screenshot via MIC Youtube]

There are tons of amazing stories out there. What else caught your eye this week? Did you come across some breaking news or a good thought piece?