Google is once again calling on young people across Leitrim to get doodling for the ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition which is now live.
This year, students are being encouraged to celebrate innovation and creativity using the theme ‘If I could create anything it would be…’ to inspire their doodle. In April 2017 the overall winning Doodle will be seen by millions of internet users when it appears on the Google.ie homepage.
Speaking at the launch, Ronan Harris, Head of Google Ireland said, “Innovation and creativity are the driving forces behind everything we do at Google. Here we’re surrounded by modern day mathematicians, scientists, inventors and artists whose imaginations are key to Google’s success. So what better theme to choose for this year’s competition that to let the students get their creative juices flowing. We’re constantly amazed by the level of originality and talent shown by the entrants and we are sure that this year will be no different.”
Open to both primary and secondary schools throughout the Republic of Ireland, the Doodle 4 Google completion is made up of five different categories:
• Category 1 – Junior Infants, Senior Infants
• Category 2 - 1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class
• Category 3 – 4th Class, 5th Class, 6th Class
• Category 4 – 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd Year
• Category 5 – Transition Year, 5th Year, 6th Year and Youthreach
A judging panel will help narrow down the thousands of entrants to 75 regional winners, 15 from each category. The 75 finalists will then have their doodles showcased on the Doodle 4 Google website where the general public will be able to vote for Doodle in each category when voting opens on 7th February 2017. The Grand Final will then take place on April 3rd where the overall winner will be announced.
The prizes for this year’s winning doodle will be a €5,000 scholarship towards the student’s third-level studies. In addition, the winning student’s school will receive a €10,000 technology grant. Also, each of the five category winners and their teachers will receive Chromebooks.
The deadline for entries is the 26th of November, 2016 and entries can be submitted online.
For more information on the competition please visit http://doodles.google.ie/d4g/.