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SG50 Doodle 4 Google: Local Students Compete To Show Off Their Vision Of Singapore's Future

This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post

To commemorate Singapore’s 50th national day, Google is holding a competition to look for the next Doodle 4 Google — an alternative Google logo artwork that will be featured on the Google homepage come August 9.

A large doodle drawn by a team of doodlers from Band of Doodlers.
A large doodle drawn by a team of doodlers from Band of Doodlers.

Since it will be an especially notable national day, local students are invited to create a doodle that encompasses their vision of what Singapore’s future will look like. The competition welcomes all students aged between 4 and 18, and will be open to those enrolled in a school in Singapore at the time of submission.

This will be Singapore’s second Doodle 4 Google event.
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“Singapore’s growth in the past 50 years has been nothing short of phenomenal. As we celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday this year, we wanted to give the next generation of Singapore’s leaders, creators and innovators the chance to imagine what Singapore’s next 50 years will look like,” said Joanna Flint, Country Director, Google Singapore.
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This year’s Doodle 4 Google competition is being held in collaboration with DBS, and is also supported by the MOE and NAFA. The winner will have the chance to travel to Google HQ with two guardians to see what goes on behind one of the world’s biggest innovation companies.
“This partnership with Google is yet another timely and meaningful opportunity for our students to channel their imagination into depicting their envisioned Singapore, and to inspire one another to shape Singapore’s future,” said Mr Puvan Ariaratnan, Deputy Director, Character and Citizenship Education, Student development curriculum Division, MOE.

The future of Singapore

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According to Flint, “The Doodle 4 Google competition will aim to stimulate and nurture our students’ natural ability to dream big.” But what does Singapore’s future look like to participants?

Well, according to some eager students from Zhonghua Secondary School who drew drafts of their entries to the Doodle 4 Google contest, it won’t be much different from what it looks like now, except it will be “more vibrant”.

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“I think in the future I’ll add some more fancy stuff — like jet packs, for instance — to the existing infrastructure of Singapore,” said Ho Si Binh, a student at Zhonghua.

Wong Kai Ting, a student of NAFA college, has conceptualised an innovative vision of Singapore: in her eyes, Singapore will shake off its limitations as a country in the sea, and instead take to the skies at SG100.

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Competition Details

Participants in the Doodle 4 Google competition will be classified into 5 groups:

  1. 4 – 6 years
  2. 7 – 9 years
  3. 10 – 12 years
  4. 13 – 15 years
  5. 16 – 18 years
The competition starts today, and ends on the 8th of June. From 23rd June to 3rd July, members of the public will be able to vote for the winners of individual categories. Results will be out on 8th July.
More details can be found here.
 

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