My ambition in life? Create one of the Google Doodles that occasionally grace the search giant's home page. Turn the Google logo into your own creation viewed by millions, and you can basically write your own ticket. Why, it's all part of my multistep plan for fame and fortune: Step 1) Create Google Doodle. Step 2) ???????? Step 3) Profit!
So I was thrilled to hear that Google is holding a Doodle 4 Google contest, in which you can submit an original sketch of Google's logo for the chance to win a cash prize and a coveted spot on the Google home page. Thrilled, that is, until I took a closer look at the rules:
The contest is open to students enrolled in grades K-12.
WHAT? <Shakes fist impotently in the air> Kiiiiiiiiiiiiids!
All right, it's still neat that Google is giving students a chance to flex their creativity--I guess--and maybe take home a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant that delivers a tech lab to their school. Also, there's a new prize for this year's finalists: The chance to travel to Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters for a day to meet with the Doodle team who will animate the winning sketch.
Google wants doodles based on a specific theme: "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." That, and incorporating Google's name, are all you need to join the Pac-Man Google Doodle in Internet immortality.
Google is accepting Doodle 4 Google submissions through March 20. Google's panel of judges will pick 50 finalists--one from each state--with voting on the ultimate winner open to the public. The winning doodle lands on Google's home page on June 29.
So best of luck to all the young artists eligible to enter the Doodle 4 Google contest. As for me, it's back to tinkering with my latest prototype.
All that's left is to animate the heads so that they urge you to sign up for Google+ when you mouse over them.