Guest judges

We're excited to announce our dream team of Doodle 4 Google Guest Judges who are inspiring leaders in their fields: Art, Design, Literature, Technology & Innovation and Animation.

Rick Riordan

Author

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award. While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son. Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. In 2011, Rick received the Children's Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.
Rosanne Somerson

President, Rhode Island School of Design

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Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer/maker, educator, and RISD’s interim President. She simultaneously maintains a robust creative practice, designing and creating furniture for exhibitions and commissions. Additionally, she consults on innovative educational and creative practice for institutions and industry. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world and is represented in many prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Renwick Collection of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Huntsville Museum of Art and the RISD Museum of Art. She has served on the boards of the Haystack Mountain School, in Maine, the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, is a named Fellow of the American Craft Council, and is the subject of an interview that forms part of the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art Oral History Program. She is co-editor, with Mara Hermano, of The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice (Wiley, 2013). As a sought-after international lecturer, juror, exhibitor, and evaluator, she applies both local and global perspectives to her work. Somerson has received numerous awards and citations for her work as a designer, artist, and teacher, most recently the Award of Distinction for lifetime achievement in the field of studio furniture by the Furniture Society.
Ron Garan

Astronaut

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Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. Ron is a former NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet during more than 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. During this mission he and the crew spent 18 continuous days living and working on the ocean floor. A Command Pilot, Ron has over 5,000 hours of flight time in over 30 different aircraft. Ron’s last NASA assignment was in NASA's Open Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government. In this capacity, Ron has been involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs.Prior to retiring from the US government, Ron was on assignment with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID he led an effort called Unity Node to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward their common goals and assisted USAID to establish an Applied Research for Development Program. Ron has a very large social media following (~3.5 million) and is included on Google Plus’ “Top 25 Followed” and Kred’s “Top 1% Influencer” lists. Ron has been effectively using these platforms to tell the success story of the US and International Space Programs and started an initiative called Fragile Oasis to use the "Orbital Perspective" to inspire people to improve life on Earth. Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd which was created to leverage the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna Energy Ltd. is the first organization in the world to successfully register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanismcarbon credit program for water treatment. Manna also developed, under contract with a partner organization the largest water treatment intervention conducted by a private organization – a four million person program operating in Kenya, completely funded bycarbon credits. Ron represented Manna Energy Ltd as one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the 2009 Launch-Water forum and has been selected as the technical and scientific advisor to the Social Business movement and its founder Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammad Yunus.
Lee Magpili

Robotics Designer, LEGO Education

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Since 2010, Lee has been designing models for LEGO Education and has since been responsible for the overall play experience and models for the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Education Core Set released in August 2013. Lee has designed over 30 models for LEGO Education up to date and continues to innovate the future of learning with small plastic bricks and robotics. Previously, Lee has been a Robotics Instructor and FIRST LEGO League Coach for teams and programs throughout New York City and its surrounding suburbs. Driven with a passion for his medium, Lee builds amazing LEGO Creations inside and outside of work, as well as continues ties with Adult Fans of LEGO worldwide. He especially works with the Robotics Experts of the MINDSTORMS Community and helps spread the word of LEGO Robotics to the uninitiated. And, if you don’t find him with LEGO in his hand, you can find Lee traveling the world with a camera on his face and dancing shoes on his feet.
Lyndsey Scott

App developer and Model

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Three years after graduating from Amherst College in 2006 with dual majors in Computer Science and Theater, Lyndsey found herself catapulted into the international world of high-fashion after becoming the first African-American model to be awarded an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein. Soon after, she ended up walking the runways for clients such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria's Secret and appearing in campaigns for clients such as DKNY. Computer science has never left her life since her first coding experiences on a TI-89 as a young teen. Over the past few years, Lyndsey has devoted much of her energy to programming iOS apps (iPort, Educate!, and The Matchmaker).
Lemony Snicket

Author

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Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books, most recently When Did You See Her Last? the second volume in his new series, All The Wrong Questions, which chronicles his suspicious childhood and his childhood suspicions. His other books include the alleged bestsellers A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and 13 Words, a collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman. When inconvenience or the treachery of his enemies prohibits him from making an appearance, Mr. Snicket is represented by Daniel Handler, author of four novels, most recently the Printz honor-winning Why We Broke Up, coincidentally also in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman.
Christoph Niemann

Artist, designer and author

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Christoph Niemann is an artist, designer and author. His work has appeared on the covers The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. He is a member of theAlliance Graphique Internationale. His drawings and posters have been exhibited at numerous gallery shows, most recently at a solo exhibit at Max Hetzler Gallery in Berlin. Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating the whimsical Abstract City, a New York Times blog, renamed Abstract Sunday in 2011, when the column’s home became The New York Times Magazine. For his visual essays he draws and writes about politics, the economy, art and modern life. He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, The 2012 Republican Convention and he has drawn the New York City Marathon —while actually running it. Niemann is the author of many books, most recently Abstract City. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame.
Mary Pope Osborne

Author

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Mary is an ardent advocate and supporter of children’s literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993–1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country’s leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children’s literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles, co-written by Ms. Osborne along with her husband, Will Osborne, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Directors, The Lego Movie

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PHIL LORD and CHRISTOPHER MILLER are most known for co-directing the hit action-comedy 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, which took in over $200 million worldwide in 2012. The critically acclaimed comedy was honored with a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy of 2012 and Lord and Miller are currently in post-production on the sequel,22 Jump Street. Lord and Miller also co-wrote and co-directed the Sony Pictures Animation feature Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs; loosely based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. Lord and Miller’s unique comic sensibilities earned the film a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for Best Animated Feature along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay. The duos animated adventure-comedy feature film, The Lego Movie, which Lord and Miller wrote and directed opens in theaters February 7, 2014. Additionally, they will produce the comedy feature,The Reunion. Written and to be directed by Miller, the film is a comedy murder mystery set at a high school reunion. The pair also directed the pilot for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, one of television’s most anticipated series of the 2013 Fall Season. In May, Lord and Miller signed a three year exclusive deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television where they will develop, write and direct comedy projects, both in live action and animation for network and cable television. Lord and Miller’s collaboration started when they met at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a comical misunderstanding that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly talked about animated series Clone High on MTV. The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Lord voiced the characters of Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn. Among their television writing credits, Lord and Miller served as co-executive producers on “How I Met Your Mother,” the Emmy-winning primetime sitcom that began airing on CBS in September of 2005; and executive producers of many failed pilots including “Awesometown,” featuring the comedy troupe The Lonely Island, and “Phil Hendrie,” featuring the radio genius of the same name. The team also worked as consulting producers on “Jake in Progress” and “Cracking Up” (created and executive produced by Mike White), supervising producers on “Method & Red” and “Luis,” and staff writers on “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.” Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History. His college animated short Man Bites Breakfast won Best Animation at the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. He is a native of Coconut Grove, Florida and likes bikes. While still pursuing his education, Miller received the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival Awards prize for his animated short, Sleazy Goes to France. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth College campus humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. Miller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington. He left there to attend Dartmouth College, where he found a lifelong friend in Lord while obtaining a degree in government and studio art: three achievements, two of which are useful to his career.
Astro Teller

Captain of Moonshots, Google [x]

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Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google's moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality. Before joining Google, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Astro was also the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr. Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated. Dr. Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Though his work as a scientist, an inventor, and as an entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Astro is also a successful novelist and screenwriter.