What is the "Doodle 4 Google" contest?
Doodle 4 Google is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own doodle for the chance to have it featured on the Google homepage.
Why did you choose the theme "What I see for the future…"
At Google, we think about what’s next. We aim to make the future world a better place by building technology, investing in initiatives and making the internet more accessible for everyone. Now we’re asking kids to imagine what possibilities await in the years to come and to represent that vision through their art. In other words, we’re asking that this year’s doodles explain “What I see for the future…”
Why is Google doing this contest?
Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage. Past doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history. Doodle 4 Google offers students K-12 an opportunity to display their own artwork on the Google homepage.
How long has Google been doing this contest?
We've been hosting the Doodle 4 Google contest every year in the U.S. since 2008, so this is our ninth year. This website shows details for the U.S. only contest, but the Doodle 4 Google contest takes place in many other countries throughout the year as well.
Who was the 2015-16 winner?
Akilah Johnson, a sophomore from Washington D.C., was the Doodle 4 Google 2015-16 U.S. winner. Check out her doodle and all of the 2015 U.S. finalists here.
Alright, I'm ready. How do I get started?
Who is allowed to enter artwork?
Parents, teachers, non-profit and after school program leaders are welcome to enter artwork on behalf of students K-12. When teachers and after-school programs enter doodles on behalf of their students, the entry form must be signed by each student's parent or guardian. Teachers can enter multiple doodles at one time. Regardless of the entry channel, the $50,000 technology award will go to the winning student's school or non-profit organization listed on the entry form.
All students entering the contest must be enrolled in a U.S. based school (including homeschool) or a school in Puerto Rico or Guam. Children of military personnel abroad can enter, and will be judged with applications from their home state.
Can teachers and non-profit leaders enter artwork on behalf of their classrooms?
Parents, teachers, non-profit and after school program leaders are welcome to enter artwork on behalf of students K-12 students as long as the entry form is signed by each student's parent or guardian.
Is there a limit to how many doodles a school, non-profit, after school program, or parent can enter at a time?
Teachers and non-profit leaders may mail multiple submissions for their whole classroom at one time, but we only accept one original doodle per student.
Are students enrolled in homeschools eligible?
Students enrolled in homeschools are eligible to participate in the contest. If the National Winner is enrolled in a homeschool, the homeschool in which he or she is enrolled will receive $5,000 in value towards home learning technology. The National Winner may then donate $45,000 in value towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab or a technology program for a public library, public school or non-profit organization in their community that meets Google's criteria for awards.
What happens if two doodles are entered from the same student?
We can only accept one doodle per student. Our judging platform will verify that each doodle entered is in fact a unique entry. If we receive two entries from the same student, we will accept the doodle that was received first. Any other entries from the same student will be disqualified. We ask that all parents check in with their child's school before entering to avoid duplicative efforts.
Do you accept group entries?
We do not accept doodles that have been created by more than one student. Each doodle should be created by only one student.
Do students have to be U.S. citizens to participate?
Yes, at the time of entering the doodle, the student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a "green card"), be enrolled in a U.S. based school or a school in Puerto Rico or Guam, and be living in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Guam. Children of military personnel abroad may take part in this year's contest.
What materials can be used on the doodle?
Students may create a doodle using any medium or materials. However, please note that doodles will be reviewed and scanned in a two-dimensional (2D) format. If students create a three-dimensional (3D) doodle, please make sure to take a photograph and enter the photograph rather than the original. Original 2D scannable doodles made with materials such as paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, cray-pas, or a 2D collage will be accepted. Computer-generated images will also accepted. For more information, see the How it Works page.
Do doodles have to be drawn directly on the entry form?
No. As long as you are able to take a photo of the doodle and combine it with the completed entry form, parents and teachers can enter a doodle created on any material. Parents, teachers, or non-profit leaders can combine the doodle and the entry form by printing hard copies or by digitally editing the photo and the entry form. For more information, check out the How it Works page, and when you're done, use the Enter page to send us completed doodles.
Can I enter the contest online?
Yes. Online entry is the only way to enter a 3D doodle this year. Parents, non-profit leaders, and teachers can also enter 2D doodles online. See the Enter page for detailed instructions, and use the Enter page to enter a doodle via the digital submission form.
Can I tape the doodle to the entry form?
Yes. If the doodle is drawn on another sheet of paper, you can tape it to the official entry form. Just be sure that the tape is clear, the doodle fits above the description, and the information on the bottom of the entry form is visible.
How should the Google logo be incorporated?
Students can trace the logo outline on the entry form, or start from scratch by using any materials they wish. Students are free to design their doodles however they want as long as they use the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. Please note that since the winning doodle will be appearing on the Google homepage, we will be judging 2D and 3D doodles in a 2D format.
How is the contest judged?
Please see the Judging section of the How it Works page for details about how the contest is judged.
Who are the guest judges?
We’re working hard on putting together a future-forward panel of judges to help decide the winning doodle. You’ll be able to learn more about them on the Judges page. Stay tuned!
Is the public involved in the voting process?
Yes. Once the entry period is closed and our judges have narrowed the field to the 53 best doodles, the public will be invited to vote online. Voters will be asked to select their favorite doodles, one from each grade group. Help spread the word for your favorite doodles by sharing them with your friends and family.