Google Contest Rules and ideas Original Doodler Google doodles, the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on our home page, have long been part of Google's history. As a Google intern in 2000, Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang began celebrating and marking worldwide events and holidays with doodles. Since then, the work of the doodle team has been seen by millions and reached cult status, with fans waiting with bated breath to see the next creation on the Google homepage. We spoke to Dennis about doodles and how he got a job that combined his two passions: technology and art. Dennis' Top Ten Tips • Make sure your design complements the shape of the letters in the Google logo, but don't let that restrict your creativity. • Experiment with different media to see which one works best for your design (you can even create your doodle on your PC). • Don't over-complicate your design – simpler images often have the most impact. • Remember that your design could end up on the Google homepage, so imagine how it will look on screen. • To find inspiration around the "What I Wish for the World?" theme, try thinking about the future and how you would like it to differ from the present. • Remember to use color well and think about how it interacts with a white background. • Avoid commercial or copyrighted images. • Think outside the box – try to create a doodle that's different from your classmates and hasn't been done before. • Feel free to use the space behind and in front of the Google letters, but try to maintain your design's overall balance. • Have fun! "Doodle 4 Google" is all about creativity and enjoying designing fun things. Think about how you want to change the world. Sample Doodles To help spark your imagination, we've put together a few favorite doodles created by Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang, whose designs celebrate worldwide events and holidays by incorporating images into and around the Google logo (you can also check out these winning doodles from last year's competition). We hope these designs will help you create your own doodle, but remember: creativity is key. Your doodle should be as unique as you are. Be Creative! Be Original! School Information • The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all students in U.S. schools from kindergarten to grade 12 (including private schools and all homeschoolers). Only teachers can submit doodles on behalf of their students. We'll be judging doodles in the following brackets: • Kindergarten - Grade 3 • Grade 4 - Grade 6 • Grade 7 - Grade 9 • Grade 10 - Grade 12 What Do I Need To Submit? 1. A doodle 2. A title for the doodle 3. A supporting statement explaining how the doodle relates to the "What I Wish for the World" theme 4. Completed entry and consent form Registration Dead Line!!! • To join in the contest, please register your school by 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on March 17, 2009 on the Registration page. Design guidelines • The doodle should be presented on a white, landscape sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper. • You can download the Google logo template: Download PDF file or Download GIF file • The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google.com homepage, so the Google logo should be clearly visible and recognizable. • The doodle can be in pencil, crayons, felt tip or paint, or can be done using computer drawing or design software. • Please encourage your students to create original designs. Be inspired by Dennis Hwang, our original doodler - but don't recreate his designs. Judging Process 400 State Finalists • Up to 400 doodles from across the country will be chosen by a panel of independent judges and Google employees based on which doodles they feel best represent the "What I Wish for the World" theme. In each state, 2 doodles will be selected in each grade group, meaning that each grade group and each state will be equally represented. Entries from the District of Columbia will be judged along with entries from Maryland. Judging Process 40 Regional Winners • Our judging panel will choose 40 top doodles as Regional Winners. In each of the ten Regions, each grade group will have one winner. These Regional Winners will be displayed in a gallery on the Google.com website. The U.S. public will then vote for the doodles they believe best capture the theme "What I Wish for the World." Judging Process 4 National Finalists • An awards ceremony for the 40 Regional Winners will be held at the Google New York Office on May 20, 2009. We'll also announce the four National Finalists chosen by the U.S. public (1 per grade group). Judging Process 1 National Winner • Finally, one of the four National Finalists will be awarded "National Winner of Doodle 4 Google." The National Winner's doodle will 'go live' on the Google homepage for 24 hours. Judging Process Student Examples Prizes • The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. We'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 technology grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab. Prizes!!! • Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. • Each of the other 36 Regional Winners will win a trip to the Google New York Office and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. • Each of the other 360 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" official winner's certificate. Prizes!!! • This year we've added a new District Quality Participation Prize in the amount of $10,000 to the school district that most encourages high-quality participation from its schools. The District Quality Participation Prize will also be a grant that goes towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.