IN STARS OF SCIENCE FIRST, JURY DECIDES NO ELIMINATION
IN STARS OF SCIENCE FIRST, JURY DECIDES NO ELIMINATION
All eight innovators move to engineering prototyping round after shocking non-elimination episode
Doha, Qatar, October 11, 2020: For the first time in the history of Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science, the jury agreed to advance all top eight contestants in the concept prototyping episode to the next phase – displaying the TV show’s commitment to scientific integrity and fairness.
Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, Stars of Science jury member, noted that the show’s contestants ran into unprecedented circumstances with the outbreak of COVID-19, causing disproportionate difficulties in materials procurement and shipping delays.
“Exceptional times necessitate exceptional action. We, the jury members of Stars of Science, place fairness firmly on top of the show’s platform of opportunity. We work hard to give the contestants a level playing field in order for the best to truly excel,” said Dr. Al-Ali.
During the proof of concept episode, several contestants laid out a roadmap for the next stages of the competition. Azzam Alwan demonstrated how his innovation, the Biometric for Information Security, would add an extra layer of security to mobile phones. While Eiman Al Hamad successfully detected text fraud by building an initial Arabic database for her invention, the Arabic Conversation Fraud Detection program.
All the contestants defended their inventions and proved their concepts in front of the jury members. Ahmed Fathallah worked on his Educational Platform using Electronic Cubes; Mohammad Almogahwi on his Automated Hands-free Toothbrush; Othman Abu Laban on his Adaptive Car Headrest; Sarah Aboerjaib on her Fractured Bone Optical Scanner; and Wadah Malaeb on his Ductal Organoid-on-a-Chip.
However, COVID-19 hampered some contestants' progress, as they did not have the necessary resources to start proving the concept of their innovation. Jamal Shaktour and his Dual Mask Rescue Pack were among the most affected, as crucial supplies from abroad did not arrive in time for the jury’s review.
“These exceptional times pushed all of us to adapt to the new norms dictated by the pandemic, as we had to work with what we had available and persevere,” said Shaktour. “The jury’s decision is a golden opportunity to all of us and is a push to motivate us even further, prove ourselves, and shine.”
This episode witnessed the return of Majed Lababidi, who competed during Season 3 in 2011, as a co-host alongside the show’s long-time presenter, Khalid Al Jumaily. Lababidi is an example of the show’s strong track record of empowering young Arab minds and creating a vibrant entrepreneurial culture among them. He used his time on Stars of Science as a foundation to begin his journey in innovation and entrepreneurship, building several businesses and developing ground-breaking technological solutions.
Lababidi took the opportunity to encourage the contestants to continue their innovation journeys after the show. “The skills, knowledge, and connections gained during their time in Stars of Science will propel them into success in the future,” he explained.
The top eight will now proceed to the engineering prototyping phase, where they will be asked to implement a fully functional prototype built around the proven novel concept in order to create a useful product.
Do you have what it takes to be on Season 13? The show is currently accepting applications for next season until December 1, 2020. To register, and for this season’s full broadcast guide, visit www.starsofscience.com
About Stars of Science
As the premier innovation show in the Arab world, Stars of Science – the edutainment TV initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF) – empowers Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their communities, benefitting people’s health and lifestyles, and helping to preserve the environment.
Over a 12-week process, the contestants demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions in a shared innovation space, competing against time with the support of a team of experienced engineers and product developers. An expert panel of jurors assess and eliminate projects every week across several prototyping and testing rounds, until only four finalists remain to compete for a share of $600,000 in seed funding. Jury deliberation and online voting from the public determine the rankings.
Stars of Science will air every Friday and Saturday from September 11, 2020 till November 6, 2020. Please visit the broadcast guide for channels and timings: starsofscience.com
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit https://www.qf.org.qa