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Motorola Announces ‘Transform the Smartphone’ Challenge for Middle East and Africa

22 May, 2017
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Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, is giving start-ups, developers and creators the opportunity to break the limitations of smartphones and present their ideas at Viva Technology 2017.

Dubbed the world’s “rendezvous” for game changers, Viva Technology, also known as VivaTech, is an international innovation showcase taking place in Paris from June 15-17. Bringing together thousands of the brightest entrepreneurs and most imaginative start-ups, alongside top investors, developers and leaders, VivaTech provides a platform for participants from over 200 countries to find inspiration, generate new contacts and accelerate their business growth.

“Attendance at this year’s event is expected to surpass last year’s 50,000 visitors,” stated the company.

As part of VivaTech 2017, Motorola has extended its “Transform the Smartphone” challenge to encourage developers, start-ups and other creators to break the limitations of what a smartphone can be. The challenge provides an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their creative skills, while adding their expertise and vision to the Moto Mod universe.

Participants will also get the opportunity to present their Moto Mod campaign on the IndieGogo Crowdfunding platform.

Moto Mods snap easily onto any Moto Z phone. “They fit perfectly and securely to transform your smartphone and provide users with unlimited possibilities,” Motorola said, adding that “the concept of the Moto Mods is simple: they can be just about anything you can dream up.  Whether it’s a film projector, a top-of-the-line speaker or even a blood pressure monitor – the possibilities are endless”.

This gives Moto Z customers the chance to fund participants’ projects, while also providing early access to new Moto Mods when they become available.

The “Transform the Smartphone” challenge gives developers, creators and start-ups the chance to contribute to the creation of the next generation of Moto Mods. Motorola wants to harness their creativity to imagine smartphone features that have never been possible, and add these to the ever-growing list of Moto Mods.

To participate in the “Transform the Smartphone” challenge, submissions must be completed online by May 25. Pitch candidates will be selected by June 5, and a jury at VivaTech will choose the top five pitches. Each of the top five teams will receive the Moto Z and Moto Mods Development Kit, to create their prototype and mount a crowdfunding campaign with IndieGogo. The final winner will be invited to present their Moto Mod to a group of executives and developer teams at Motorola Mobility’s Chicago headquarters, and they will be considered for the worldwide accelerator program.

All information about the challenge and the registration can be found on the VivaTech page.

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