School children all across Kenya, from Standard 1 through to secondary school Form 4, participated in the first nationwide Doodle 4 Google contest. The competition theme was “My Kenya”, marking 2013 as a monumental year for the country with the recent national elections, as well as the Jubilee celebrations (50 years since independence).
Doodle 4 Google (D4G) is a competition in which students are invited to reinvent Google’s homepage logo. To date they have run contests in more than 30 countries all over the world. D4G is one way Google can bring art and technology together while encouraging children to get creative both online and offline.
Last year, Google launched the first nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition in Kenya. Themed ‘My Kenya’, doodlers celebrated a monumental year in Kenya with the recent national elections, as well as the Jubilee Year. Following 5000 submissions, their online voting campaign generated 13,000 votes to their local D4G site and from which 17 year old Esther Wambui Githinji became our national winner. Her doodle, “Feet of Gold,” was featured on the Google Kenya homepage on Mashujaa Day – 20 October 2013.
In line with the nation’s continued Jubilee celebrations, they are hosting a month long gallery exhibition from 5th- 31st May at the Nairobi National Museum showcasing the Top 100 ‘My Kenya’ doodles from artists aged 6 – 18 years.