Ealing girl Alexia to represent London in Doodling competition
Ogle her doodle on Google's Home Page
14 year old Alexia Souvaliotis from Ealing has been crowned the London regional winner in the 14-18 age group in the Doodle 4 Google - My Britain Competition. Over 15,000 young people across the UK participated in the competition.
The ‘Doodle 4 Google – My Britain’ competition asked young people aged 4 – 18 to design a doodle2 which best represented their life in Britain. Alexia’s doodles uses iconic London images to capture the ‘My Britain’ theme.
She now has to compete with the 29 other regional winners from across the UK to win a once in a lifetime trip to Google’s HQ, the Googleplex in California. The winner will meet and work alongside Dennis Hwang, Google’s Master Doodler – the first time a child has had this opportunity. Alexia is also competing for the chance for her doodle to appear on the Google UK homepage www.google.co.uk.
From 9th October, the public will be able to vote for Alexia’s doodle on the homepage for a limited time and then at www.google.co.uk/doodle4google/vote, where it will be displayed alongside the other regional winners’ doodles for the public to choose the top three. Dennis Hwang will then choose the winning doodle from the three short listed entries, which will be announced at a fun prize giving and educational event at London’s Science Museum on 6th November.
Alexia will be aiming to win the hearts and votes of fellow Londoners by canvassing for local support. All winners have been issued with a personalised ‘Vote 4 Me’ e-flyer and postcard which includes their doodle, and a campaign message to be sent to family and friends. Make sure your favourite doodle makes it into the final top three and check out the other doodles by visiting www.google.co.uk/doodle4google/vote and registering your vote.
Alexia commented, “I’m so excited to be in the top 30 of the Doodle 4 Google competition and I’m determined to get all my friends and family to vote for my doodle to win! I think it would be amazing to see my Doodle on the Google homepage and work alongside Dennis in California.”
Dennis Hwang, a 28 year old graphic designer and Google’s Webmaster exclusively designs the ‘doodles’ that regularly appear on the homepage chronicling the ever changing, colourful and cosmopolitan lives of Google users.
Dennis comments: “Google is well known for being a research tool but now it’s being used to spark creativity amongst British children and encourage them to express their feelings and values through art. We’ve had thousands of imaginative and thought provoking designs this year and it’s great to see such artistic talent in British schools.”
Nikesh Arora, Vice President of Google Europe, adds: “This competition is all about embracing different opinions and values about what it means to be British. It’s great to see that young British children today are painting such a positive picture of their country and are inspired by a whole host of traditional and contemporary symbols that make Britain what it is today.”
October 10, 2006