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Google features logos on their homepage, usually for public holidays. In the past, events such as the beginning of spring, the anniversary of understanding DNA, or the invention of the laser have been celebrated. The original Google "doodle" was in 1999 when Sergey Brin and Lawrence E. Page were attending the Burning Man Festival, to show that they were away if the systems were to crash.
2010 Contest (U.S.)
The winner's doodle appeared on the Google homepage on May 27, 2010, and also received a $15,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, Wacom digital design tablet, and a $25,000 technology grant for their school.
Google chose themes for the doodles to be based upon:
- My Best Day Ever... (2013), Winner: Sabrina Brady, Wisconsin, 10-12 grade level
- If I could travel in time, I'd visit... (2012), Winner: Dylan Hoffman, Wisconsin, K-3 grade level
- What I'd Like To Do Someday... (2011), Winner: Matteo Lopez, California, K-3 grade level 
- If I Could Do Anything, I Would... (2010), Winner: Makenzie Melton, Missouri, K-3 grade level)
- What I Wish For The World (2009), Winner: Cristin Engelberth, Texas, 4-6 grade level
- "What if..." (2008), Winner: Michael King, Georgia, K-3 grade level
- "I love soccer/football"* for 2011
The competition ran across 10 regions:
- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
- Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
- Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
- Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
- Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
- Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
- Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
- Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
Doodle 4 Google India
Doodle 4 Google is also organized by Google India and the winning picture comes up on the Google homepage.
The first edition of Doodle 4 Google India was held In 2009. The theme for last year’s contest was ‘My India’. The winner, Puru Pratap Singh, a 4th standard student from Gurgaon, got to see his Doodle on the Google homepage on Children’s Day last year.
The theme for 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition is ‘My Dream for India’. Google wants children to represent their views on what India will be like 20 years from today through Doodle 4 Google. Some outline points given by Google are :
1. A cleaner, greener India
2. Freedom from poverty
3. Education for all
4. The world’s center of technology
5. Better roads, futuristic cities
The theme for 2011 Doodle 4 Google competition is 'India’s gift to the world'.The Children were requested to imagine their own version of the Google logo based on this theme.Varsha Gupta won this year's Doodle 4 Google competition.
The top doodles in India will finally enter an online vote on this Doodle 4 Google site. At this stage, the Indian public will help decide the winning doodles that best capture this year’s theme. Any student between class 1 and 10 from any school in India can participate. 
The Theme for 2013 'Sky's the limit for Indian women' Gayatri Ketharaman, a 15 year old Pune teenager, emerged as the overall winner for this year's Doodle 4 Google contest.
- Google Doodle History
- Official logo gallery
- Google Doodle History
- Competition Info
- Google Announcement via Blog
- Doodle4Google Judging and Prizes Page
- "7 year old from India designs Google’s new Doodle for Children’s day". DoodleToday.com. 14 Nov 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.