As Kenya celebrates its 50th anniversary since independence in December, Google Kenya will launch the Doodle 4 Google 2013 competition, which will be open to all Kenyan school students aged between 6 years to 18 years.
The competition will encourage them to create their own doodles, allowing the students a chance to win a techie prize for himself/herself and for his/her school, and the theme for the 2013 contest is My Kenya.
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.”
There is a team of illustrators (called doodlers) and engineers that are behind each and every doodle, and has created over 1000 doodles for their homepages around the world.
Past Doodles for Kenya included Kenya Election Day 2013, Kenya Independence Day, and 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition winner. All the Doodles for Kenya can be found here.