About the competition

What is the “Doodle 4 Google” competition?

Doodle 4 Google is a competition held in different countries at different times, open to K-12 students in the country where it is held. Specifically for the Philippines, we are opening it to learners who are not in formal education but are part of the learning system of DepEd. This competition allows students to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme is: “What can I do for the Philippines?”.

Why is Google doing this competition?

Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage. Who better to surprise and delight than talented and creative young artists! Google would not exist today if it weren’t for creativity, passion, and imagination so we love to celebrate and promote these values in our younger users.

Why did you choose the theme “What Can I Do For the Philippines?"

At Google, we believe the most ambitious ideas and untethered creativity of young people can help them realize that they can do so much for their country and their community. Doodle 4 Google is meant to inspire students to dream big and look beyond themselves. Our theme this year, "What can I do for the Philippines…” is all about possibility, imagination, and service.

The Filipinos are one of the most resilient people in the world. Throughout the years, we have undergone social, cultural, political, and even natural difficulties and have risen above these circumstances through perseverance and undying national pride. With the theme “What can I do for the Philippines?”, we look forward to inspiring the nation with a Doodle that will not only reflect the synergy between art and technology, but also symbolize the beautiful strength of spirit of the Filipino people through the eyes of our children.

How can I submit a doodle

Please read about the instructions in the submissions page.

Entry information

Who is allowed to submit artwork on behalf of the student?

Submissions from parents and teachers are welcome. We simply ask that the entry is accompanied by a completed official entry form signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Parents are encouraged to submit their children’s work directly for the contest. If you are a parent, we ask that you check with your child’s school or community learning center first to see if they are participating, to avoid duplicate entries. Your child must be currently enrolled in a formal school or alternative learning program under the Department of Education in the Republic of the Philippines. Entries for the competition are classified to 4 groups: 1) 5-8 yrs old; 2) 9-11 yrs old; 3) 12-14yrs old; 4) 15-17 years old.

Is there a limit to how many doodles a school or community learning center can submit?

There is no limit to how many doodles each school, after school program or parent can submit. However, please remember we only accept one original doodle per student.

What happens if two doodles are submitted from the same student or learner?

We can only accept one doodle per student. Our judging platform will verify that each doodle submitted is in fact a unique entry. If we receive two entries from the same student, we will accept the doodle that was received first. Any other entries from the same student will be disqualified. We ask that all parents check in with their child’s school first before submitting to avoid duplicative efforts.

Do you have to be a Filipino citizen to participate?

At the time of submitting the doodle, the student or learner must be a Filipino citizen currently enrolled in a formal school or alternative learning system under the Department of Education and lives in the Philippines. He or she must also obtain their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission to compete in the contest via a signed entry form.

How do parents, teachers or after school program representatives get their children or students involved?

It’s simple! Just download the entry form here on the site, print it out, and let the creative juices flow. There’s no right or wrong way to doodle, the more creative and original the better. At this point all doodles must be 2 dimensional, though. Visit our "Classroom Activities" page for tips on how to host a doodling session as well.

How long do I have to submit my child or student’s doodle?

The contest launched on July 10, 2014. Doodle submission – along with a completed entry form signed by a parent or guardian – are due on September 19, 2014.

Can i just draw on a blank 8.5x11 sheet of paper?

Unfortunately, no. The doodle must be a completed on the downloaded template.

What materials are acceptable to be used in the Doodle?

Eligible doodles must be two-dimensional and scannable. This includes any artistic material that will remain flat on the page. This could include: paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or cray-pas. Doodles can also be done using computer drawing or design software. Any material that may cause the image to be three-dimensional will not be accepted. This may include, but is not limited to, materials such as puff paint, stickers, pipe cleaners, macaroni, sequins, glitter, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and pom-poms.

Note: All doodles must be original, unpublished works that do not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.

Judging & Selection Process

How's the contest judged?

  • Doodles will be judged in the following age groups: (1) 5 - 8 years old, (2) 9 - 11 years old, (3) 12-14 years old, (4) 15-17 years old.
  • Google will select the best 100 doodles from each age group, across the Philippines.
  • From the 400 doodles, our Guest Judges will further narrow down the selection to the best 10 doodles from each of the age group. The 40 Google Doodle finalists will be posted on the website. One winner per age group will be selected based on public voting.
  • Public voting will open on October 6 (12:00 am PHT) and close on October 26 (11:59 pm PHT). A voter can vote for only one doodle per age group.
  • From the four age group winners, a Google Doodler will select one overall winner.

What criteria will be used to select the winning doodle?

To narrow the entries down to the top Winners, eligible doodles are judged by Google and our “Guest Judges” against the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit: The quality and skill demonstrated in the doodle. The student’s or learner’s age group is considered when evaluating this category.
  • Creativity: How well the student incorporated the Google logo into his or her illustration. The logo must be readable. Unique and creative uses of the letters, background, foreground, etc. are all taken into account.
  • Theme Communication: How clearly the competition theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement.

Who are the guest judges?

We have a panel of Guest Judges to help us judge Doodle 4 Google. Among this year’s Guest Judges, we’re honored to have Teacher and 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, Efren Penaflorida; Prominently known as the "Promil Kid" and now a Senior Art Director of TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, CJ de Silva; Senior Vice President and Executive Director of BPI Foundation, Inc., Fidelina A. Corcuera; PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc. President, Ma. Esther Santos; Doodler of the Philippines Independence Day 2014 doodle, Katy Wu.

Is the public involved in the voting process?

Yes.On October 6, 2014, we’ll put the 40 finalists' doodles up for public vote. The public will be invited to vote online from October 6, 2014 12:00 am Philippines Time (UCT+8:00) to October 26, 2014 11:59 p.m. Philippines Time (UCT+8:00). They will be asked to select their favorite doodles, one from each age group.