Doodle 4 Google

Doodle 4 Google

Judging and Prizes

Key Dates

School Registration Deadline

March 28, 2008

Doodle Entry Deadline

April 12, 2008

State Finalists and Regional Winners Notified

May 7, 2008

Online Public Vote

May 12-18, 2008

Awards Ceremony and National Winners Announced

May 21, 2008

Winning Doodle on the Google Homepage

May 22, 2008

Grade Groups

The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all U.S. residents between the ages of 5 and 18 who attend elementary and secondary schools (i.e. grades K-12) in the U.S. Doodles will be judged in the following brackets:

  • Grades K - 3
  • Grades 4 - 6
  • Grades 7 - 9
  • Grades 10 - 12

Judging Process

400 State Finalists

Up to 400 doodles from across the country will be chosen by a panel of independent judges and Google employees based on which doodles they feel best represent the "What If...?" theme. In each state, 2 doodles will be selected in each grade group, meaning that each grade group and each state will be equally represented.  Entries from the District of Columbia will be judged along with entries from Maryland.

40 Regional Winners

Our judging panel will choose 40 top doodles as Regional Winners. In each of the ten Regions, each grade group will have one winner. These Regional Winners will be displayed in a gallery on the website. The U.S. public will then vote for the doodles they believe best capture the theme "What if ...?".

4 National Finalists

An awards ceremony for the 40 Regional Winners will be held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California on May 21, 2008. We'll also announce the four National Finalists chosen by the U.S. public (1 per grade group).

1 National Winner

Finally, one of the four National Finalists will be awarded "National Winner of Doodle 4 Google" by Dennis Hwang, Google's webmaster. The National Winner's doodle will 'go live' on the Google homepage for 24 hours.

Judging Chalkboard


The National Winner will win a $10,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Googleplex, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.  We'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.

  • Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to the Googleplex, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 36 Regional Winners will win a trip to the Googleplex and t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 360 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" certificate.

Judging Regions

The competition will run across 10 regions:

Region 1:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 2:
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Region 3:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 4:
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Region 5:
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Region 6:
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Region 7:
Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Region 8:
Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Region 9:
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Region 10:
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington