Google announced the “Doodle 4 Google” contest open to K-12 students of U.S. schools and this year’s theme is: “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” the contest may run in many other countries all through the year.
Google on its FAQ page mentioned “Who better to surprise and delight than talented and creative young artists! Google would not exist today if it weren’t for creativity, passion, and imagination so we love to celebrate and promote these values in our younger users.”
Held every year since 2008, this is the seventh Annual Contest, the winner shall see the submitted Doodle as an interactive animation Doodle on Google’s home page and will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and also a Google for Education technology Grant of $50,000 for his or her school.
The Doodle’s can be submitted in two ways, digital and snail mail. The snail mail posted to one of these two addresses :
For regular mail: Doodle 4 Google, PO Box 510006, New Berlin, WI 53151
For overnight deliveries: Doodle 4 Google, Promotions Department, 5000 South Towne Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151
Or digitally through the Easy Online submission with the Google ‘Submit’ tab. Teachers can submit multiple submissions at once, but with only one entry per participant. The participants can start with the steps from Google for the download of the entry form and go on with the creative juices flowing. The Google Get Started Page is at http://www.google.com/doodle4google/start.html.
The contest was launched on February 4th, 2014. The last date for Doodle submissions is on March 20th, 2014 duly signed by a parent or guardian.
The winner will be judged by a Panel of Judges including Google Staff and also some Guests, and finally by public voting. Firstly the submitted doodles are categorized in to five groups based on grades (Grades K – 3, Grades 4 – 5, Grades 6 – 7, Grades 8 – 9, and Grades 10 – 12) for judging, from these a total of 250 State Finalists are selected and from these the Panel selects 50 State winners, the public is then allowed to vote for the favorites per group and then finally from these a finalist is announced at the event on May 21st 2014 at Google head quarters.
The Guest Judges for this year 2014 are Google [x] Captain of Moonshots, Astro Teller, Astronaut Ron Garan, RISD President Rosanne Somerson, Directors of The LEGO Movie Chris&Phil, LEGO Education Robotics Designer Lee Magpili, Authors Lemony Snicket and Mary Pope Osborne, Designer and Artist Christoph Niemann and App Developer and Model Lyndsey Scott.