Age Groups

All Doodles will be categorised and judged based on the student’s age group. The finalists will then have a chance to be the winner. Age groups are broken down as:

  1. 7 - 9 years old
  2. 10 - 12 years old
  3. 13 - 15 years old
  4. 16 - 17 years old

There will be a category winner in each age group.

Judging process

First, Google employees will shortlist the best doodles from each of the age groups.

These selected doodles will be judged by the Google Malaysia team, who will shortlist the finalists for each age group.

The judging at Level One and Level Two will be comprised of two components: (i) public voting via the Contest Site; and (ii) the Doodle 4 Google Malaysia Jury. First, the public will vote on the doodles. Online public voting will last from 7 August, 2017 12:00pm (UTC+8) to 17 August, 2017 11:59pm (UTC+8). Actual date and times are subject to change without prior notice. At the completion of the public voting period, the Jury will consider the amount of votes that each of the 12 Age Group Finalists received, and assign a score to each Age Group Finalist under the Criteria. They will then select, the 4 Age Group Winners, one from each of the 4 Age Groups, based on the highest overall scores received.

The public will then determine a category winner in each age group by voting online.

Our official Google Doodle team, made up of Google web designers, will select the winning Doodle from the age group category winners. This winning Doodle will be shown on the Google Malaysia homepage on September 16th, 2017.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged based on the following three categories:

  • Artistic Merit: The quality and skill demonstrated in the doodle. The student’s age group is considered when evaluating this category.
  • Creativity: How well the student incorporated the Google logo into his or her illustration. The logo must be readable. Unique and creative uses of the letters, background, foreground, etc. are all taken into account.
  • Theme Communication: How clearly the competition theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement.


  • Doodles will be disqualified if copyrighted or trademarked images and logos are used. Examples of this would be the Nike “swoosh”, popular characters from shows, movies and books.
  • Only one application per student. If more than one is submitted only the first will be considered and those thereafter will be disqualified.
  • Entries submitted into the wrong age group will be disqualified.


The national winner will get:

  1. The winning Doodle shown on for 24 hours on September 16th, 2017
  2. Travel and accommodation for them and their parent/legal guardian to the Doodle 4 Google ceremony on September 8th, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.