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Join the Transform the Smartphone Challenge

Explore 30+ Moto Mods concepts from the
Transform the Smartphone Challenge.

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Support your favorite ideas in the Transform the Smartphone Challenge

Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon were partnering with Indiegogo to give developers a chance to flex their imaginations and build Moto Mods™ with features that have never existed for smartphones before. Think of the Moto Mods like an app store, but for hardware. They can be just about anything you can dream up: a film projector, top-of-the-line speaker, blood pressure monitor… We want to add your vision to that list.

As part of our Transform the Smartphone Challenge, 30+ entrepreneurs launched a campaign on Indiegogo and redefined what a Moto Z can do. You now have the chance to support the campaign and give them an opportunity to pitch their idea to executives at Moto’s Chicago office.

Support your favorite Moto Mods idea today!


Nov 3, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017

Open for submissions to the Challenge (see FAQ if you participated in Moto Mods Hackathon)

Jan 3, 2017 to Mar 6, 2017

Developers launch crowdfunding campaigns

Mar ​6​, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST

Time all campaigns ​are reviewed

Mar 10, 2017

Finalists selected and notified

April, 2017

Winning campaigns pitch their ideas at Moto HQ in Chicago, IL

Calling all developers

No matter if you’re a one-person startup or an experienced development firm, we want to hear your ideas for redefining what a smartphone can do. Using the Moto Mods Development Kit, developers can snap hardware onto any Moto Z phone and give them a whole new superpower—from an infrared camera to a game controller.


How it works

There are two ways to get started.

  • Share your idea
  • Hack to the Top
    • Transform the Smartphone hackathons will kick off in December 2016 in San Francisco and New York (click here for more information), giving you the chance build a Moto Mod prototype with in-person help from the pros. Get feedback in real-time on your hardware design and crowdfunding strategy. Feed off the creative energy of other developers and get inspired by customers’ ideas for their dream Moto Mods.
    • Among other prizes, the Grand Prize Winners of each hackathon will automatically become Transform the Smartphone Challenge finalists invited to pitch their ideas at Moto headquarters in April 2017.

2. Crowdfund your Moto Mod

Once you have a prototype of your Moto Mod, you’ll launch a campaign on Indiegogo to fund its development. Indiegogo experts will guide you in your crowdfunding campaign strategy, creation and promotion–while Moto and Verizon will help get your campaign in front of Moto Z customers worldwide.

3. Pitch your Moto Mod in Chicago

Ten lucky finalists will go to Moto’s Chicago headquarters in April 2017 to compete in a pitch and learn event—with airfare and accommodation included within the U.S. (as defined in the Terms and Conditions). They’ll have a shot at funding, distribution agreements, and more from Lenovo, Verizon and their partners, including mentoring and expert guidance. An engineering roundtable will help you perfect your product.

4. Partner for the future

The finalists will meet with Verizon Ventures and Lenovo Capital, and even have a chance to see their Moto Mod distributed nationwide by Verizon. To make sure the winning Moto Mod gets into as many hands as possible, Moto will even promote and distribute it online. Plus, if what you build really impresses the team, it could land you an investment from Lenovo Capital, who has set aside up to $1 million to help bring the best Moto Mods ideas to market.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.



Take the next step

Get a free Moto Z phone and development kit (MDK) to build your dream Moto Mod and fly to Chicago to pitch your idea. Then, see it come to life with Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon.