In an event in New Delhi, Google India today announced the winner of sixth edition of Doodle4Google (D4G) contest – Vaidehi Reddy, she is chosen amongst 12 finalists. If you do not know, Doodle4Google competition was launched in 2009 which is open to students from grades 1 to 10 and they are invited to design the Google Doodle to celebrate Children’s Day in the country.
The theme for this year competition was “A place in India I wish to visit” and Google received record breaking entries of over 1 million from more than 1700 schools across 50 cities. Out of over 1 million entries only 12 entries selected and put up for online voting.
Speaking at the event, Ranjan 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.”
Commenting on the occasion, Software Engineer, Doodle Team, Kristopher Hom said,
“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.”
The winning Doodle titled “Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam” will go live on the Google (India) homepage on November 14, Children’s Day and reflect the artistic merit, creativity, and expression of the theme. All the finalists will receive a certificate of achievement and a Chromebook laptop, said in a press release. To see all the finalists’ doodles, go to http://www.google.co.in/doodle4google/