Matteo Lopes, the 7-year-old winner of Doodle 4 Google contest, is spending his weekend in New York City.
Doodle 4 Google is a design contest for K-12 students to create their own Google doodle that will complete the sentence, If I Could Do Anything, I Would... This year, Google received over 107,000 submissions from across the nation, three times as many entries as last year. Beating other kids over twice his age, Matteo Lopes of South San Francisco won the contest with his Space Life, the youngest winner to date. Space Life depicts each of Google's letters as a rocket ship, a meteor, a satellite and an astronaut.
This weekend, Matthew and 39 other finalists visited New York City and Google's office there for the grand award ceremony. In Matteo's first visit to the city, he toured around Times Square and Ground Zero and plans to visit the Empire State Building.
Matteo was awarded the prize package of a college scholarship of $15,000, a netbook computer, and a $25,000 grant to fund his school's computer lab. He was happiest about the computer lab.
Matteo appeared on the Today Show with a T-shirt with the winning logo and said, I drew with color pencils and drew it for 3 weeks and threw out lots of paper until I got it perfect.
Space Life was on Google homepage all day Friday and will be displayed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York until June 16, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from May 20-July 19 along with the other 39 finalists.