Google Malaysia has offered the opportunity of a lifetime for young aspiring Malaysian artists. Titled Doodle 4 Google, the competition which welcomes participants to create their own doodles based on a given theme, pits users against one another for a stake at 24 hours of fame on the local Google website.
The competition is divided into 4 age groups: 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old, 13-15 years old, and 16-17 years old. Entries received will be judged based on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication. The theme ‘Malaysia to me is…’ has been chosen for the competition.
It is interesting to note that the general public may also participate in the judging process. The 5 most outstanding entries from each category were selected by Google employees and the Google Malaysia team. These artworks have been put up online for public viewing and voting to determine a winner for each category. Voting began August 1st and will continue till the end of the month on August 30th. Winners will be announced on the 8th of September.
The overall winning doodle, which will be shown on the Google Malaysia homepage this Malaysia Day on September 16th, will be determined among the category winners by the official Google Doodle team comprising of Google web designers.
Each category winner will also receive a prize from the competition’s corporate partners – Digi and Teach for Malaysia.
The Doodle 4 Google competition has been hosted in many countries and this is the first time it is being run in Malaysia. So hurry over to the Doodle 4 Google site now and play your part in choosing Malaysia’s very own deserving young artist to be hailed as the next Google Doodle extraordinaire.
Doodle in History
Google Doodles originated back in 1998 even before the company was incorporated when its founders Larry and Sergey decided to place a stick figure drawing behind the second ‘o’ in the word Google. While intended as a comical message to its users to denote that the founders were “out of office”, the idea of decorating the company logo caught on and soon became a common practice to mark special occasions and/or events in history.
From celebrating holidays and birthdays to international events such as the Olympic games, a wide array of doodles have made it to the ubiquitous web space above the google search bar in the company’s homepage. To date, over 2000 (and counting) doodles have been created, all of which can be accessed here.
If you interested in contributing to the next Google Doodle, fret not as you do not have to wait for the next doodle competition. Simply email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org where the doodle team will be eager to hear from you!