Audience votes will help determine which finalist claims title of top innovator and biggest share in the $600,000 seed fund
Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2020: Stars of Science concludes on Friday, marking the end of a special edition fraught with challenges presented by COVID-19. But viewers can still vote for their favorite innovator on Qatar Foundation’s edutainment TV show via the website.
The four finalists – Ahmad Fathalla, Eiman Al Hamad, Mohammad Almogahwi, and Wadah Malaeb – worked for months on the engineering, marketability, and usability of their inventions. And their chance to win the competition now hinges on the public’s voting and the jury’s decisions.
In the run-up to the final episode, this season’s alumni co-hosts draw upon their experiences on the show to offer words of advice to the finalists. “Don’t think about winning or losing, you have persevered to reach this point,” said Engineer Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, a top-three finalist on Season 11. “This is the beginning of your innovation journey.”
Engineer Majed Lababidi, Season 3 alumnus, highlighted how all of the contestants are accomplished even if they don’t take first place in the competition. While Dr. Mohamad Ziad Chaari, a top-four candidate on Season 3, said that this year’s finalists must remain fearless as they defend their inventions in front of the jury and the world.
The co-hosts recognize that the finalists’ projects have significance beyond the competition. “You are not competing against each other; you are proving your inventions’ worth to the Arab world and beyond,” said Mohammed Al-Jefairi, a fourth-place contestant on Season 9. “Your efforts now and in the future will further innovation in this region.”
Online voting is now open on www.starsofscience.com and ends on Thursday, November 5 at 3PM GMT. Tune in to watch the final episode of Season 12 this Friday.
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.
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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.
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