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The 2010 Doodle4Google competition logo
The 2010 Doodle4Google competition logo

Doodle 4 Google, also stylized Doodle4Google, is an annual competition in various countries, held by Google, to have children create a Google doodle that will be featured on the local Google homepage as a doodle.

History

Google features logos on their homepage, usually for public holidays.[1] In the past, events such as the beginning of spring, the anniversary of understanding DNA, or the invention of the laser have been celebrated.[2] The original Google "doodle" was in 1998 when Sergey Brin and Lawrence E. Page were attending the Burning Man Festival, to show that they were out of the office and unable to help if the systems were to crash.[3]

Doodle 4 Google US

Submissions from all students in U.S. schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Parents/Educators are required to submit doodles for their students.[4]

Prizes

The winner's doodle will appear on the Google homepage. They will also receive a $30,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, a T-shirt with their doodle on it, a Google Chromebook, Wacom digital design tablet, and a $100,000 technology grant of tablets or Chromebooks towards their school.

In 2019, the winner got $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school.[5]

Previously the winner got $30,000 college scholarship a $50,000 technology grant for their school or a non profit organization, a trip to Google's headquarters in California, Google hardware, and "Fun Googley swag".[6]

Themes

Google chooses themes for the doodles to be based upon:

Regions

The competition ran across 10 regions:[14]

  1. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  2. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
  3. Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
  4. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
  5. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
  6. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, central Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
  7. Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
  8. Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  9. Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
  10. Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Doodle4Google Canada

Doodle 4 Google is also organized by Google Canada and the winning picture comes up on the Google homepage.

2014

The first edition of Doodle 4 Google Canada was held in 2014. The theme for the year's contest was “If I could invent anything, I would invent …”. The winner, Cindy Tang, a Grade 11 student from Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute, Toronto, got to see her Doodle on the Google homepage on February 26.[15]

2017

The theme for 2017 Doodle 4 Google competition is “What I see for Canada's future is...”. Google wants children to represent their views on what Canada will be like 150 years from now.[16]

Doodle4Google India

Doodle 4 Google is also organized by Google India and the winning picture comes up on the Google homepage.

2009

The first edition of Doodle 4 Google India was held In 2009. The theme for the year's contest was ‘My India’. The winner, Puru Pratap Singh, a 4th standard student from Amity International School, Gurgaon, got to see his Doodle on the Google homepage on Children's Day last year.[17]

2010

The theme for 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition is 'My Dream for India'. Google wants children to represent their views on what India will be like 20 years from today through Doodle 4 Google. Some outline points given by Google are given :

  1. A cleaner, greener India
  2. Freedom from poverty
  3. Education for all
  4. The world's center of technology{bhayander}
  5. Better roads, futuristic cities.

The contest was won by Akshay Raj, a class IX student of St Aloysius High School, Mangalore.

2011

The theme for 2011 Doodle 4 Google competition is 'India's gift to the world'. The Children were requested to imagine their own version of the Google logo based on this theme. Varsha Gupta won this year's Doodle 4 Google competition.[18]

The top doodles in India entered an online vote on the Doodle 4 Google website. At this stage, the Indian public helped decide the winning doodles that best captured this year's theme. Any student between class 1 and 10 from any school in India can participate. [19]

The contest was won by Varsha Gupta from Ryan International School, Greater Noida.

2013

The Theme for 2013 'Sky's the limit for Indian women' Gayatri Ketharaman, a 15-year-old Pune teenager, emerged as the overall winner for this year's Doodle 4 Google contest.

2014

The Theme for 2014 Doodle4Google competition was 'A place in India I wish to visit'. Out of 12 finalists, Vaidehi Reddy was declared winner on 12 November and her doodle 'Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam' was featured on Google's homepage on Indian Children's Day, 14 November.

2015

The theme for 2015 Doodle4Google competition is '"if I could create something for India it would be...". Nine year-old P. Karthik from Visakhapatnam was declared as winner for his doodle titled "Plastic to Earth Machine." Karthik's Doodle was featured on the Google India homepage on November 14 to celebrate Children's Day.[20]

Latin America

  1. Mexico
  2. Colombia
  3. Argentina
  4. Chile
  5. Brazil
  6. Peru
  7. Honduras

Asia

  1. India
  2. Philippines
  3. Japan
  4. Pakistan
  5. Yemen
  6. UAE

References

  1. ^ Google Doodle History
  2. ^ Official logo gallery
  3. ^ Google Doodle History
  4. ^ Competition Info
  5. ^ "Doodle for Google". doodles.google.com. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Doodle for Google - Prizes". doodles.google.com. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Frisco student wins Google Doodle art contest and $30K college scholarship". 23 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Why Today's Google Doodle Is So Special: raceAhead". Fortune. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  9. ^ Cavna, Michael (2016-03-21). "Today's winning Google Doodle invoking Black Lives Matter was designed by high school sophomore". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2011-05-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Google Announcement via Blog
  12. ^ "The 2010 Doodle 4 Google winner: Makenzie Melton's Rainforest Habitat".
  13. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Doodle 4 Google Awards Ceremony". YouTube.
  14. ^ Doodle4Google Judging and Prizes Page
  15. ^ "Latest Breaking News, Headlines & Updates | National Post".
  16. ^ "Doodle 4 Google Winner".
  17. ^ "Doodle for Google".
  18. ^ "7 year old from India designs Google's new Doodle for Children's day". DoodleToday.com. 14 Nov 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  19. ^ "Doodle for Google".
  20. ^ Doodle 4 Google India- 2015