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Doodle 4 Google [May. 21st, 2008|07:50 am]
Wade
In which Wade gets misty eyed over doodles.

[Warning: Sappy.]

Yesterday at work, all googlers in Mountain View received the following email from one of the VP's.

Dear Googlers,

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 Thursday.

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 achievement!

Best,
Marissa

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: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html

My favorites:

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).

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[User Picture]From: m_danson
2008-05-21 03:17 pm (UTC)
Nice.
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From: iisz
2008-05-21 05:12 pm (UTC)
I get all misty at things like that as well.
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[User Picture]From: cindy_reddeer
2008-05-21 06:02 pm (UTC)
I would get veclemp to. How nice of Google and their staff. =)
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[User Picture]From: dancing_nerd
2008-05-21 07:26 pm (UTC)
OOoooooooohhhhhh!

I'm getting misty-eyed in turn!!!

That is *so cute!*
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[User Picture]From: winterlion
2008-05-27 03:37 am (UTC)
oh what a wonderful thing! :)
cooperation rocks.
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