A South San Francisco boy's kooky doodling has earned him a gallery of millions on the Internet.
Matteo Lopez, a second-grader at Monte Verde Elementary in San Bruno, designed the winning logo in the annual "Doodle 4 Google" competition, which drew more than 107,000 entries nationwide. On Friday, millions of Web surfers will see his logo on the home page of the Mountain View-based search company.
Matteo, 7, also has been awarded a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his school.
"I'm excited and happy," said Matteo, who with his mother attended Thursday's award ceremony at Google's New York City office and is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show Friday morning.
"I like to draw a lot," he added in a phone interview. "I started drawing when I was 3½ years old."
This is the fourth Doodle 4 Google competition held in the United States. Similar contests have been held in other countries around the world, from Ireland to India.
This year's contest challenged students from kindergarten to 12th grade to come up with a logo inspired by the theme "What I'd like to do someday." The drawings were assessed by a panel consisting of Google's own team of "Doodlers" and 13 guest judges, including "Garfield" creator Jim Davis, "SpongeBob SquarePants" producer Paul Tibbitt and children's author Beverly Cleary.
Matteo's submission, titled "Space Life," morphed the Google name into a green alien
"I want to wear a space suit, fly in space, walk on the moon and make friends with aliens (on) other planets," he wrote in a description of his entry. That message may have resonated with NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, also a guest judge.
"His artwork really speaks to what he wants to do someday," said Alexander Davenport, a marketing manager with Google. "And it's quirky, fun and Googley. It captured our theme in a creative and relatable way."
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