Rugby player Rob Kearney joins Doodle 4 Google judging panel

20 Nov 2012

Looks like 8-year-old Clodagh Ryan from Ongar is ready to start doodling for Google! Image by Marc O'Sullivan

The deadline for Google’s annual Doodle 4 Google competition is less than one month away and, while entries are pouring in from schoolchildren across Ireland, the judging panel has added a professional Irish rugby player to its line-up.

Doodle 4 Google asks children and young people to submit a doodle they created based on the Google logo, just as Google does on various occasions throughout the year. The theme this year is ‘My Invention’.

The deadline for entries to this year’s Doodle 4 Google is 10 December 2012. The lucky winner will not only have his or her doodle seen by millions on the Google Ireland homepage in April 2013, they will also win a €5,000 college scholarship. A Chromebook will also be awarded to the winning student and his or her teacher, and the winner’s school will receive a €10,000 technology grant.

Students can enter across five class groups, ranging from junior infants to sixth year, and the winner from each category will also receive a Chromebook.

“We have already received hundreds of very creative entries from all over the country,” said John Herlihy, head of Google Ireland. “We have been blown away by the calibre of entries once again this year and we want to remind everyone that there is still time to enter and be in with a chance of seeing your doodle on the Google Ireland home page.”

This year, Irish rugby international star Rob Kearney will be part of the judging panel that will select 15 finalists from each class group. These 75 top doodles will be put up to a public vote, with the five most popular doodles presented to Google’s official team of doodlers who will then select the overall winner.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic