Doodle 4 Google competition public voting begins
18 February 2013 | 0
The public vote for Google’s annual Doodle 4 Google competition is now open. Seventy-five children from across Ireland are in with a chance of being named ‘top doodler’ and having their doodle displayed on the Google Ireland homepage.
The competition was divided into five age-based categories: Junior and Senior Infants; First and Second Class; Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth class; First, Second and Third year secondary; and Transition Year, Fifth and Sixth Year.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges, including rugby player Robert Kearney, Gary Granville, Prof of Education at the National College of Art and Design and Marianne Kelly, former Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Voting will close at midnight on the 4 March. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the final and one of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.
John Herlihy, head of Google Ireland, said: "This year we had the most entries that we’ve ever had, over 2,500, so our judging panel had an extremely tough time selecting the 75 finalists… Now, it’s over to the public to select our five class group winners."
The five class group winners and their teachers will receive a Chromebook each. The overall winner will have their doodle shown on the Google Ireland homepage for a full day in April 2013. The winner’s school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant from Google and for the first time the winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies.