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.
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.
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.
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.
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.