Google is launching their 2014 Doodle contest, giving students in all 50 states the opportunity to compete for a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 educational technology grant for their school.

The contest is open to K-12 students across the United States, with winners picked from each state who go onto compete for the top prize. 250 Connecticut doodles will be picked by Google’s judges, which will be narrowed down to a single state winner who be awarded an android tablet, a T-shirt with their Doodle, and a free trip to Google’s Mount View, California headquarters for the final awards ceremony.

The deadline for submissions is March 20, with a the state winners announced on April 29. This year’s theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place,” and submissions can be entered on the Doodle 4 Google website.

Last year’s Connecticut winner was Hope Scalise, a 2nd grader at Derynoski Elementary School in Southington.

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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