Hidajat named regional finalist in the ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition
Nathan Hidajat's entry into the Google 4 Doodle contest. Photo from nathanzh.com
Once again, young Nathan Hidajat (photo, left, from Robert Hidajat) has made the local technology news, this time as a regional finalist in the "Doodle 4 Google" competition. In March, the internet giant invited students in grades K-12 to submit a drawing along the theme of "What I'd like to do someday..."
Hidajat's entry, which related directly to the charity: water campaign that we've covered on this site, was originally published on his site March 11 with this description:
"What I’d like to do someday is to raise enough money to give everyone in our world clean water. Clean water is very important, but 1,000,000,000 people in our world can’t get it. It will be great if everyone can get clean water. Then everyone is happy, kids can have fun, and people can live."
A team from Google is scheduled to inform Hidajat, an 8-year-old from Ames, Iowa, of his prize today in a ceremony at his school. As a regional finalist, Hidajat is invited to an event at Google's New York City office, where the winners will be announced. Additionally, he'll receive his doodle on a T-shirt, and it will be put on display in an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Google has named 40 regional finalists from around the country, covering four age groups. National finalists from each group and an overall winner will be chosen via votes online. For Hidajat's entry, visit google.com/doodle4google.
The national winner and other three national finalists will win prizes including a $15,000 scholarship, $40,000 in technology grants for schools, Wacom tablets and having their submission featured as the official doodle on Google's homepage.