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Here’s a curated, weekly roundup of interesting news on crowd-driven business, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, open innovation and the collaborative economy.

Crowd Lab Print Contest

The North Face launched its Crowd Lab Print contest, inviting contributors and enthusiasts to create unique tent and bag designs in exchange of perks and rewards. All entries must be received by January 20, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m.

The mechanics are posted here

City Data

Boston municipality partnered with Uber in creating a ‘smart city’ by providing new insights and smart data for traffic management, road safety, which aims to enhance the urban growth. Uber said it’s committed to share the information in a manner that will not compromise the users’ privacy. 

Read how it works

Google’s Lego-like Project Ara

Google is relying on external developers to design the hardware of its Lego-like project, Project Ara. The smartphone allows users to customize, change, or swap its blocks or modules. Google will also launch Ara Module Marketplace, a one-stop-shop for buyers and developers for buy-and-sell on the custom modules and parts. 

Find out where Google will kickoff the pilot testing

Crowdsourced Open Data in UK

London-based startup and open data advocate, Open Addresses UK, launches the first ever crowdsourced database of home addresses for the UK. It is made available to the public.

The site is already up, but in alpha stage…

Crowdfunded Babies

Couples and singles use crowdfunding to pay for the fertility treatments and adoption costs through crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe.

Guess how much they have raised

Crowdfunding and Parkinson’s Drugs

Scientists in Edinburgh use crowdfunding to fast-track the research of Parkinson’s drugs with a minimum contribution of 500 euros in exchange for profits accumulated from the would-be drugs. 

Here’s the whole story

Investment Crowdfunding Legalized in Massachusetts

Massachusetts legalizes investment crowdfunding, allowing investors to stake their money in online crowdfunding operations to boost Commonwealth’s economy and foster job growth. The new law allows the companies to solicit up to $1 million (and up to $2 million for audited financial statements) advertised through online campaigns.

Read more on how it works…