Posted on October 12, 2014

Stars of Science Season 6, broadcast on MBC4, has premiered the pressure-filled elimination episodes in which the young innovators faced the scrutiny of the jury in defense of their innovative ideas. In this episode, viewers witnessed Mohammed Al Housani of Qatar and Khaled Alsulaim of Saudi Arabia advance to the Design stage after lively discussion and much deliberation. Though their projects showed great potential, Weam Mohammed of Sudan and Johnny Khalil of Lebanon were unable to convince the jury to keep them in the competition. 

Stars of Science, initiated by Qatar Foundation, is the first pan-Arab reality TV program dedicated to scientific innovation. The concept of the show is to find and empower the next generation of Arab innovators through a competition in which candidates develop a novel project from concept to a potential product. Over the first five seasons, a total of 28,000 Arabs around the region were inspired to submit their inventions to Stars of Science

While evolutionary projects such as Khaled AlSulaim’s Phone-to-Phone Charger, Mohammed Al Housani’s Efficient Solar Energy System and Johnny Khalil’s Active Rugby Scrum Machine were geared towards adapting and integrating existing technologies to practical innovative solutions, Weam Mohammed’s Non-Invasive Malaria Tester was a novel scientific concept with potentially revolutionizing today's practice aiming to greatly make a distinctive impact in the health sector.

Stars of Science candidates unveil 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgThe experts examining the candidates and their projects included perennial jurors Mr. Youssif Abdulrahman Al-Salhi, General Manager of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center and Dr. Fouad Mrad, Executive Director of the United Nations ESCWA regional technology center. For the engineering stage, Stars of Science welcomed VIP jury member Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli, who as co-founder and CEO of DataWind designed the world’s most affordable tablet computer to increase access to computing and the internet.

The three members of the jury proved very demanding, quizzing Weam about her Non-Invasive Malaria Tester’s accuracy and casting into doubt the marketability of Johnny’s Active Rugby Scrum Machine. The jury pressed Mohammed as to how he could improve his Efficient Solar Energy System if given more time on Stars of Science and raised questions about the practicality of Khaled’s Phone-to-Phone Battery Charger. Weam Mohammed’s idea for a Non-Invasive Malaria Tester attracted huge interest from jury member Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli because of the potential of the project, if successful, to improve the diagnosis of the disease in order to save lives. Mr. Tuli, moved by Weam’s inventiveness and resolve, expressed his interest in aiding her in her efforts to improve her project.

When the final results were announced it was the strength of Mohammed and Khaled’s prototypes that convinced the jury to advance them into the next phase. Mohammed came in first in a resounding win, garnering 93 of 100 points, while Khaled’s 71.7 points earned him second place. Ultimately, the testing results of both Johnny and Weam’s projects proved to be their greatest weakness and the reason for their elimination.

Stars of Science candidates unveil 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgThe judging criteria were based on the performance of each candidate’s prototype (50 points), the product’s outlook (30 points), and the resourcefulness and leadership shown by the candidate (20 points). “Arab youth can innovate and create breakthroughs today as easily as anybody else anywhere in the world if they are willing to dream big enough and pursue those dreams,” said Mr. Tuli. “I believe that Stars of Science will help create a cultural shift by providing support and motivation to young innovators. This in turn will contribute to the development and growth of the Arab world as a whole.”

On the next Stars of Science primetime episode, to be shown on Saturday 18th October 2014 at 8:00 pm KSA/5pm GMT on MBC4, viewers will see four more candidates put their prototypes to the test in an effort to progress to the next stage. Further insights into the candidates can be seen in daily episodes at 4 pm KSA/ 1 pm GMT on MBC 4.

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