In the recent course of events, Google announced the winner of sixth edition of Doodle4Google (D4G) contest. Among the 12 finalists across India, Google India selected Vaidehi Reddy from Pune as the winner. The winner of the contest was announced at an event on New Delhi on November 12.
The competition Doodle4Google has been running for 6 years now, was launched on 2009. The competition is open for students from grades 1 to 10 and Google invites them for designing the Doodle to celebrate Children’s day in the country. The theme for this year was ‘A place in India I wish to visit’. A whopping entries of over 1 million was seen from across 1700 schools in 50 cities. After the shortlisting among all the entries, 12 finalists were chosen. Then by online voting along with Google’s national Jury Political cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Children’s Publishing at ACK Media Savio Mascarenhas and Google Doodle team lead Ryan Gerick, then selected the National Winner from these 12 finalists.
The winning Doodle titled as “Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam” will go live on Google India homepage on Children’s day November 14.The doodle reflects artistic merit, creativity and expression of not only the winner but the whole country. All the finalist have been congratulated with a certificate of achievement and a Chromebook laptop.
Commenting on the celebration and creativity of children, Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India said,” Doodle4Google is the perfect platform for the youth of India to showcase their talent on an international platform. It allows youngsters from not only the metros but from Tier II, III and even IV cities to participate, which is evident from the entries seen this year. The response of over 1 million entries is indeed overwhelming and the talent which has surfaced through the entries is remarkable. We at Google are extremely encouraged by the fact that entries this year have come from across the country which is a clear indication that we are well underway to taking the Internet to the next billion.”
Excited about the occasion Kristopher Hom, Software Engineer, Doodle Team quoted,” It has been a wonderful experience to be present at a contest like Doodle4Google in India. I enjoyed witnessing young creative minds showcase and bring to life the places they want to visit in their own country. Being a part of the Doodle team, I am always inspired by such creativity. It is wonderful to see how each and every one of these entries is unique not only for their incredible creativity but also for the simple yet powerful message behind them.”
Here’s a look at the national winner: Vaidehi Reddy, Army Public School, Pune