Brain Matter: Olivia Kong from Hornsby wins Doodle 4 Google 2013

In June we announced our latest Doodle 4 Google competition, in which we asked school students across Australia to draw their own version of the Google logo, inspired by the theme “If I was an explorer....”   Now, over 16,000 doodles later, we can announce the winning doodle.

Congratulations to Olivia Kong of Hornsby Girls High School in NSW who has just been named the overall national winner for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.  Olivia has won a Chromebook and Nexus 7 tablet for herself and $10,000 worth of technology for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the homepage early next year.

Olivia’s doodle was titled “Brain Matter”.  Olivia said “"Brain Matter" is “about the exploration of the mind. It explores how the left side of a brain is about logical, mathematical and rational and how the right side is creative, explosive and colourful. Together, they create our perspective of further exploration of the world.”

The National Age Group Winners spent yesterday at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra for the unveiling of the National Winner. Ryan Yoon, Tara McIntyre, Jorga Attard and Olivia Kong were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the of the gallery and had a very special performance by renowned harpist Alice Giles who spoke about her own Antarctic explorations. The young doodlers also saw their work in a special digital display at the gallery.
This year in a special prize sponsored by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the winning schools teacher from Hornsby Girls High School, Nicole de Losa, will be going on an Antarctic expedition with Professor Chris Turney.  You can see more about the expedition and meet some of the wildlife  in the following Hangouts On Air series which will air live from the Antarctic islands.  Special guests may include sea lions, penguins and the great albatross.

Antarctica Doodle 4 Google Hangout On Air Schedule:
29 November, Sean Lions and Exploration (Enderby Island):
2 December, A View from the South (Carnley Harbour):
4 December: The Wandering Albatross (Campbell Island):
6 December: Bird Paradise (Snares Island):

Thank you to all our thousands of doodlers from across Australia, and look out for Olivia’s doodle on our homepage.

Posted by Leticia Lentini, Event Marketing Manager, Google Australia, who is giddy with excitement at the prospect of seeing an albatross in the wild.