In which Wade gets misty eyed over doodles.
Yesterday at work, all googlers in Mountain View received the
following email from one of the VP's.
The votes are in for the Doodle 4 Google competition, and the 40
finalists will be on campus tomorrow (Wednesday, May 21st) for the
award ceremony - where we will announce the winner of the $10,000
scholarship! The winning logo will appear on the homepage on
I'd like your help in welcoming our finalists to the campus and making
them feel special. If you're available, please come to the staircase
between building 40 and 41 at 9:15 am tomorrow (Wed) morning to greet
their bus and cheer them on. We'd like several hundred people to be
there to give a vibrant Google welcome. Everyone who is part of the
welcome crew will get a special Doodle 4 Google t-shirt. T-shirts can
be picked up in the building 41 lobby between 8:00-9:30am.
The 40 finalists have prevailed under fierce competition. Over 16,000
students across all 50 states and every grade level (K-12) submitted
doodles inspired by the theme "What if...?". Last week, we received
more than 4 million Doodle 4 Google votes online, so we're very much
looking forward to meeting the doodlers and celebrating their
P.S. The finalists will also be on and around campus throughout the
day, so if you see them, please show your enthusiasm by cheering them
on. You can see their doodles here:
| K-3 || Region 1 || Friendship Rules |
| 4-6 || Region 2 || Lending a Helping Hand |
| 7-9 || Region 2 || The Google Sign |
| || Region 10 || What if we met aliens? |
| 10-12 || Region 1 || What if Artificial Intelligence flourished? |
| || Region 4 || Wisdom At Your Fingertips |
But the funniest one is probably the K-3 Region 3 one (A Fish
Swallowed a Google - Poogle!), and the most esthetic is the G10-12
Region 9 (Splashing Google).
I'm continually impressed and sincerely touched by the altruistic
things Google does, and this one makes my eyes all misty. I love the
idea of 100's of Google engineers showing up at a staircase to welcome
K-12 school children who took the time to do a goodle doogle related
to the "What if..." theme, and who won their local and regional
competitions, and are being brought here to Google as finalists. Who
cares who wins - it will be a fun and inspiring experience for all of them.
Damn, I'm misty eyed on the shuttle just writing this. Human
cooperation always gets me.
I took the 7:20am shuttle into work this morning so I could participate. I'll be on the
stairs in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Edit: Just got back. About 300 googlers showed up, to make a
corridor around a white carpet down which the artists and their parents
walked while we all cheered. I'll post real pics when they are available
(I didn't have a camera - will get pics from others), but you can at least
see the stairs and pathway here . Darned misty eyes made it difficult to see all the kids, but they seemed excited and enthused and appreciative (especially the parents).