Google Canada launches the first-ever Doodle 4 Google competition for Canadian students

Chris Hadfield, Karine Vanasse among guest judges for Canada-wide competition

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Google Canada is announcing the launch of Doodle 4 Google Canada, a contest for K-12 students across the country to design a doodle for the Google.ca homepage on the theme, "If I could invent anything, I would invent…"

Open to students across Canada, the competition aims to inspire young Canadians to think creatively about invention and discovery. The national winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a $10,000 grant to their school, and have their doodle featured for a day on the Google.ca homepage as well as part of a special Doodle exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in March 2014.

"Doodle 4 Google is a wonderful way to encourage students of all ages to put their imaginations to the test and think creatively about invention and discovery," said Chris O'Neill, Google Canada's Managing Director.  "We're incredibly proud to celebrate the energy and creativity of our youth, and to be able to showcase the ideas of some of Canada's up-and-coming young artists and innovators."

Doodle entries are being accepted from now through December 31, 2013.  Regional finalists from across Canada will be selected by a panel of guest judges, followed by an opportunity for Canadians to vote online for the top national finalists.  The competition's guest judges include:

  • Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former International Space Station Commander
  • Karine Vanasse, Hollywood actress and former host of popular science show "Les Petits Debrouillards"
  • Janet Carding, Director & CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Ann Makosinski, 2013 winner at the Google Science Fair

The top 25 regional finalists will receive a trip to Toronto where the top five regional winners and overall winning doodle will be announced alongside the launch of a special exhibition featuring their artwork in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum.

"The ROM, like museums around the world, is a place of inspiration for the young and the young at heart. We are thrilled with the opportunity to present the inspired Doodles created by kids from across Canada during the ROM's centennial year." says Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO. "For a hundred years the ROM has engaged children and introduced them to the wonders of natural sciences and human history.  The ROM is pleased to partner on this project launched by Google Canada and proud to showcase the results of these budding artists' creativity."

Interested students, parents or teachers can visit the Doodle 4 Google Canada website at www.google.ca/doodle4google for the full contest rules, important dates, and to download entry forms and resources.

At Google we use the homepage logo designs, or doodles, to celebrate different people, events or special dates.  These doodles are usually created by our web designers, but for the first year ever, we are inviting Canadian students, grades K-12 to create their own doodle by taking part in the inaugural Doodle 4 Google Canada competition.

This will be the first nationwide doodling competition by Google Canada inviting all young artists from around the country to get creative and design their own Google logo.

This doodle submission can be something inspired by inventions; whether it is something to make the world a better place, a new method of doing something, changing a process, a unique or novel device, or something to just add a bit of fantasy or whimsy to the everyday.  The doodle can be any kind of invention.  Something to make the world a better place, a new way to do something or a brand new futuristic invention.

SOURCE: Google Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries:
Wendy Bairos
Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Google Canada
wbairos@google.com


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