Doodle 4 Google voting now open to the public

18 Feb 2014

(Left to right) Dónal Martin (7), Ava Connolly (9), and Claudia Cunningham (6)

The voting is now officially open for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition, which is asking the public to choose which of the 75 shortlisted doodles will be displayed on the Google Ireland homepage next month.

The competition to create a stylised Google logo around the theme ‘My Adventure’ was open to children across Ireland and received 2,390 entries since the final call last December.

There’s a lot at stake for the eventual winner of the competition. Aside from the satisfaction of having his or her doodle seen by millions of people across the country during one day in March this year, the winner will also receive a €5,000 scholarship for his or her third-level education.

It will also be good news for the student’s school, as it will receive a €10,000 technology grant. The winner and his or her teacher will also be awarded with a Google Chromebook.

John Herlihy, head of Google Ireland, said the levels of creativity among the entries has been of a high standard.

“We were very impressed by the quality of entries that we received this year and each entrant should be enormously proud of their work. The level of creativity and imagination shown was fantastic and left our judging panel with a tough task of shortening the list to 75.”

Voting will close at midnight on 10 March, with the five most popular doodles, one from each age category, to go forward to the final. One of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite Doodle online.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic