Google and Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai interacted with the winner of the 2021 Doodle for Google contest via video chat on Tuesday. Pichai shared the news with 11th grader Milo Golding from the United States that his inspiring artwork has won the coveted contest.
“Sharing the news with Milo was the highlight of my week,” Pichai wrote on social media. Milo said his artwork meant, “Regardless of life’s hardships and uncertainties, hope is always there.” The 2021 Doodle for Google competition lets K-12 students design an inspirational “Doodle,” and the winning artwork lands on the Google homepage. Each year, the Doodle for Google competition has a specific theme, and this year’s theme was “I am strong because…”. K-12 students across the US created and submitted artwork expressing their interpretation of the theme. Milo Golding from Lexington, Kentucky won the contest for his piece titled “Finding Hope.” His late father, who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica, also inspired his winning artwork, Golding said. The artwork which made a debut on the Google homepage depicts a teenage boy offering a balloon to a younger child. This scene is joined by few other hopeful, colourful moments that stand in bold against a B&W background to reflect the confusing feelings that we experience in life.
As a prize, Google will be giving Milo a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 donation to his school or non-profit organization of his choice, and a package of Google hardware and fun Googley swag.