The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) have announced that trailblazing science and technology docu-reality TV show ‘Stars of Science’ will return to MBC4 from 13 September 2012 for a fourth season and will be aired across the region.
The one-of-a-kind show’s original format was initiated by QF in 2009, with the aim of discovering and nurturing innovation in science and technology amongst Arab youth. The nine-week series will begin its search for this year’s round of young, Arab innovators, choosing 16 finalists from a casting tour that takes the program to Egypt, Kuwait, the UAE Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunis and KSA. The live finale will see a total of US$600,000 in prize money being awarded to the finalists; one winner and three runners-up.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Vice-President, Education, Qatar Foundation, and President of the newly-formed Hamad Bin Khalifa University commented: “On behalf of the Qatar Foundation, I am proud to once again announce a new season of Stars of Science. Over the last four years, the show has grown in profile and popularity to become ‘the’ showcase for our region’s young talent within the fields of science and technology, who have proved they have the passion, talent and determination to turn their dreams into reality. The accomplishments of our previous winners have been a delight to observe and each year the success of these young Arab innovators further communicates Qatar Foundation’s vision of a knowledge-based society.”
Stars of Science is the first Pan-Arab TV show to shine a spotlight on the region’s young inventors. The show has previously aired on over 17 channels across the Arab world, providing a platform for young Arabs to realise their vision of turning a project idea into a potential product project and raising their profile in the field of innovation. Season three winner, Egyptian Haytham Desoki was awarded prize money of US$300,000 in 2012, helping him to develop his touch screen invention ‘VIVIFI’ – a sticker that can be placed under any surface to convert it into a touch feature surface.
Haytham has now established his own company ‘VIVIFI’ in Cairo, which produces his product locally for the region. He aims to have his product available in international markets including Europe and the US by 2013. Haytham also works at Nile University in Egypt and is an ambassador for young Arab inventors throughout the region, regularly speaking and participating at industry and educational events including QITCOM in Qatar, ICT in Egypt and the 2012 Science, Technology & Innovation Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hosted by Khaled Al Jumaily, Stars of Science Season Four will consist of eight prime-time episodes plus the live finale, where the public will be invited to vote alongside the Jury. The program will begin on 13 September 2012 (8pm KSA), with daily updates starting from Saturday 6th October at 5pm KSA on MBC4.
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