Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

How did the idea for doodles originate?

In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.”. While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.

Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage. In the beginning, the doodles mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the Birthday of John James Audubon to the Ice Cream Sundae.

Over time, the demand for doodles has risen in the U.S. and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illlustrators (we call them doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.

How many doodles has Google done over the years?

The team has created over 2000 doodles for our homepages around the world.

In the Philippines, one of the talented learner or student will see his or her artwork on the Google Philippines website. To add, he or she will eceive an educational grant from BPI Foundation, an art kit from National Book Store and an Acer C720 Chromebook. The overall winner’s school or community learning center will receive a connectivity grant from PLDT-Smart Foundation.

How to Participate in the Google Philippines Doogle Contest

Download the entry form, print, doodle and submit. This year we’re asking students to create their doodles based off the theme “What can I do for the Philippines?”

1. Download the Doodle 4 Google Template.
2. Print out and get doodling.
3. Applications can be submitted by parents, guardians, teachers and after-school programs. All applications must be accompanied by a completed official entry form signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Incomplete and/or unsigned forms will result in disqualification. Only one application per student or learner please. If more than one is submitted the first received will be considered and the rest disqualified. There is no limit to the amount of applications a school or community learning center can submit as long as each one is from a different student or learner. You may submit your entry online through their online form.

You may also submit offline. In Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, sumbit your doodle to:

One Happy Story
2nd Floor Bella Vita, ATCO Building, Capistrano-Gomez, Cagayan De Oro City, 9000

Doodle 4 Google CDO Event

google 4 doodle - cdo

You and your students may also attend the Google Educators Group – Cagayan de Oro Doodle 4 Google Event happening on September 13, 2014 in the afternoon. Venue will be at Marymount Academy, Macanhan-Balongis Road.  Sign up here:

Deadline of submission will be on September 19, 2014.

Doodles will be grouped by the student’s and learner’s age and Google will will select the best 100 doodles from each age group, across the three island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

On October 6, 2014 – 40 finalists will be announced and the public voting starts that will last until October 26th.

The finalists will be judged by inspiring leaders from the fields of Art, Design, Literature, Technology & Innovation and Animation.

  • CJ De Silva – Senior Art Director of TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno
  • Efren Penaflorida – Teacher, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year
  • Ma. Esther Santos – PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc. President
  • Fidelina A. Corcuera – Senior Vice President and Executive Director of BPI Foundation, Inc.
  • Katy Wu – Doodler, Google

On November 8, 2014, Google will announce the age group winners and overall winners.

Words and screen capture from Google / Video fromDiscovery Channel

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