Vote Online for Your Favorite Innovator to become the Stars of Science Season 8 Winner
Inspired by Qatar Foundation’s flagship TV show on MBC4, region is voting online until Thursday, November 17th
November 13, 2017 – With four inspiring finalists left standing and the finale of Stars of Science Season 8 fast approaching, vast numbers of TV viewers across the region are voting online to help choose the Arab world’s best innovator. Only one of the finalists, all of whom have captured the hearts of fans, will be able to walk away the winner. Vote now at www.starsofscience.com - voting concludes on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00PM KSA/ 3:00PM GMT.
In order to vote, visit www.starsofscience.com and click on the ‘Vote Now’ icon. Then, simply choose your favorite innovator from the four options and cast your vote via Facebook or via email.
The four Stars of Science finalists are tantalizingly close to walking away with their share of a $600,000 USD cash prize, which will serve as seed funding for them to deliver their problem-solving innovations to the market. For viewers, online voting takes a matter of minutes. But the stakes have never been higher for the finalists, who have dedicated months to developing their innovations on the show.
In the finale episode, airing on Saturday, November 19th at 10:30PM KSA/ 7:30PM GMT on MBC4, online voting will be combined with a vote from a panel of expert jurors to produce the results. Online voting will count for 50 percent of a candidate’s score, while jury vote will count for the remaining 50 percent. The first place winner will earn $300,000 USD, while his competitors will earn $150,000 USD, $100,000 USD, and $50,000 USD respectively depending on rank.
Stars of Science has proven popular among audiences, earning over 8.5 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram from this season alone. Over four million unique users have engaged with the show’s channels online this season.
For longtime fans of the show, the slate of four candidates provides the toughest choice ever in a Stars of Science finale. Voters must choose between Abderrahim Bourouis of Algeria, the dependable engineer who created Wonderkit, a smart autism shirt, the disciplined martial arts master Ghassan Yusuf of Bahrain, with Take One, his auto scoring and management system for Taekwondo, Sadeem Qdaisat of Jordan, the determined medical researcher with GenomiQ, the automated slide dropping in genetic testing, and Sevag Babikian of Lebanon, the engineering perfectionist who invented Modifix, an efficient desktop 3D printer.
On Saturday, international audiences saw Bourouis and Qdaisat survive the customer validation stage, securing their place in the finale. Over eight seasons, Stars of Science has generated innovations that solve regional and international problems while encouraging millions to become interested in science and technology. Bourouis and Qdaisat’s innovations follow in that tradition.
Abderrahim Bourouis is a 29-year-old Ph.D. holder who is using his engineering background to help those suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which affects millions of children and households worldwide. Bourouis’ innovation, Wonderkit, is a smart shirt and app that aims to monitor and soothe children with ASD, potentially helping families around the world find peace of mind.
Meanwhile, Sadeem Qdaisat, a 28-year-old Ph.D. candidate and medical researcher, wants to revolutionize genetic testing in hospitals and labs everywhere. Sadeem’s innovation, GenomiQ, aims to eliminate human error and drastically cut down on the time needed to test genetic samples by automating the process, improving the accuracy of testing while saving time and, perhaps, lives.
Vote for your favorite innovator online at www.starsofscience.com before 6:00PM KSA/ 3:00PM GMT on Thursday, November 17th. Then tune in to the Stars of Science finale on Saturday, November 19th at 10:30PM KSA/ 7:30PM GMT on MBC4.
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Stars of Science
Stars of Science, the flagship “edutainment reality” TV format initiated by Qatar Foundation, is the Arab world’s leading innovation show that enables the region’s aspiring science and technology entrepreneurs. In this eighth season, nine candidates are challenged to develop creative solutions to regional problems within the fields of information technology, energy, environment, and health. An expert panel of jurors assesses and eliminates candidates and their innovative products in Prototyping and Customer Validation episodes until only four remain. These four finalists vie for a share of $600,000 in seed funding, determined by a jury deliberation and online voting from the public.
Stars of Science airs every Saturday on MBC4 at 10:30pm KSA / 7:30 pm GMT till November 19th 2016.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.
About MBC Group
MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region. For the past 25 years, MBC Group was able to enrich people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, back in 1991, and as the 1st private free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC Group moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.
Today, MBC Group includes 20 TV channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children’s edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); Al Arabiya News Channel (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with a specific focus on real events in the Arab world and beyond); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama); MBC MASR (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC MASR 2 (providing the Egyptian audience with superior quality entertainment); MBC + Drama (exclusive on MyHD); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently four sports channels, MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards the “Saudi Football Premier League” fans in the Kingdom); and MBC USA (the channel is present on “Dish Network” in the US, and targets Arab audiences aboard; the channel is dedicated to offer and broadcast a wide range of content from the prominent MBC channels including movies, series and global formats).
In July 2011, seven channels within MBC Group began to broadcast in HD across the MENA Region: MBC1 HD, MBC2 HD, MBC4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD. In 2013, MBC3 HD joined the collection of HD channels followed by MBC Variety HD in 2014.
MBC Group also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 Productions, a premium content drama production company. Furthermore, MBC Group includes online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net (the first free VOD and catch-up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, and www.mbcprosports.net among others