December Deadline Looms for Canada’s Doodle for Google Contest

Google Canada is calling out to all those future artists aged K-12, saying that there’s not much time left. The application for submissions to Canada’s first ever Doodle 4 Google challenge is in exactly four weeks, December 31.

With thousands of dollars in prizes on the line for kids and students across the country, the illustration contest is sure to be a fun one for Canadian youngsters. The winner will have their doodle featured on Google homepage and receive $20,000 in grant and scholarship prizes.

The theme for the drawings is “If I could invent anything, I would invent…,” while the competition aims to “inspire young Canadians to think creatively about invention and discovery”. The national winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a $10,000 grant for their school and be featured in a Royal Ontario Museum special exhibit in March 2014.


A panel of guest judges, including astronaut Chris Hadfield and actress Karine Vanasse, will select twenty five regional winners. The 25 finalists will receive a trip to Toronto, where five regional winners will be named and the first place winning doodle will be announced alongside the launch of the ROM exhibit.

The doodle submission can be something inspired by inventions; whether it is something to make the world a better place, a new method of doing something, changing a process, a unique or novel device, or something to just add a bit of fantasy or whimsy to the everyday. “Something to make the world a better place, a new way to do something or a brand new futuristic invention,” wrote Google in a release.

Google uses the homepage logo designs, or doodles, to celebrate different people, events or special dates. These doodles are usually created by Google’s web designers.

Other judges include Janet Carding, Director & CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum and Ann Makosinski, the 2013 winner at the Google Science Fair for her “Hollow Flashlight” invention.

Interested students, parents or teachers can visit the Doodle 4 Google Canada website at for the full contest rules, important dates, and to download entry forms and resources.

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