"If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."
This is the thought occupying many young minds right now. The seventh annual Doodle 4 Google contest is under way and young artists ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade are jumping at the chance to have their original artwork featured on the homepage of Google. It could be the $30,000 too, but who can say for sure.
The winner of 2014’s Doodle for Google contest will get his or her art published on Google’s homepage as Google’s logo for the day. Additionally, the winner will receive not only a $30,000 college scholarship, but also a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, courtesy of Google for Education.
The stipulations for the contest are that all participants be from grades K-12, only one doodle is allowed per student, and the Doodle must be received by the final deadline of March 20.
Every year, Google hosts a panel of guest judges who help select the Doodle 4 Google winners. Fifty state winners will be selected, in addition to the single national winner whose logo will be displayed on Google’s homepage in June. This year, Google’s guest judges will include:
- Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
- Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design interim President
- Ron Garan, NASA astronaut
- Lee Magpili, LEGO Education robotics designer
- Lyndsey Scott, high-fashion model and iOS app programmer
- Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling novels, "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
- Christoph Niemann, designer, artist and author featured in TIME, the New York Times, and American Illustration
- Mary Pope Osborne, former president of the Authors Guild and award-winning author
- Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, film directors of movies such as 2012’s "21 Jump Street" remake
- Astro Teller, overseer of the many new technologies and innovations underway at Google[x]
Last year, Google received approximately 13,000 Doodle 4 Google submissions. I can’t wait to see how many talented young minds enter the contest this year, let alone what the winning final design will be.
Make sure you mark your calendars for April 29 when the 50 state finalists will be announced and public voting for the national winner begins!
Past Doodle 4 Google Winners
2013: Sabrina Brady, 12th grade (2013)
2012: Dylan Hoffman, 2nd grade
2011: Matteo Lopez, 2nd grade
2010: Makenzie Melton, 3rd grade
2009: Christin Engelberth, 6th grade
2008: Grace (Suryung) Moon, 6th grade