Posted on October 07, 2014

Twelve of the Arab world’s most promising innovators have been chosen as candidates on Qatar Foundation’s “edutainment reality” TV program Stars of Science on MBC4. The selection, which is a turning point in the sixth season of the popular program, marks the end of the casting phase and the beginning of a series of intensive project development stages where candidates will refine their ideas and compete against each other to become Stars of Science finalists.

The candidates, who have been hailed as the program’s most diverse and talented group to date, originate from nine Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. Their projects address issues in a broad range of fields including solar energy, mobile phone technology, personal health and sport. In the fourth episode, candidates’ triumphant, emotional reactions were caught on camera when they were notified of their selection in a phone call from Stars of Science jurors.

In its sixth season, Stars of Science will debut a new format aimed at increasing competition, pitting small groups of innovators against each other for the chance to turn their ideas into reality. For the upcoming engineering stage, candidates are divided into blue, red or purple groups. Each group of four candidates works in the same room throughout the engineering stage, fostering a sense of both teamwork and friendly rivalry.  At the conclusion of the stage, a jury comprised of prominent tech experts and industry leaders examines candidates’ projects and selects the best two to progress to the next stage.

Top twelve young Arab innovators 2 [].jpgMohammed Al Housani of Qatar with his Efficient Solar Energy System will compete against Khaled Alsulaim of Saudi Arabia with his Phone-to-Phone Battery Charger, Johnny Khalil of Lebanon with his Active Rugby Scrum Machine and Weam Mohammed of Sudan with her Non-Invasive Malaria Tester in the blue group. Walaa Aniba of Tunisia and her Smart Headphones was placed in the red group with Rania Bou Jaoudeh of Lebanon with her Automatic Zuchini Corer, Ousama Dghaish of Jordan with his Car Refueling Tester and Ahmad Kurdi of Saudi Arabia with his Pool Warning System. Riham Helmi of Egypt with her UV Sanitizer Mobile Cover will be joined in the purple group by Thieab Al Dossary of Bahrain with his Tactile Communication Bracelet, Sultan Al Subhi of Oman with his Wudu Area Robotic Cleaner and Thamer Al Askar of Saudi Arabia with his Virtual Sports Fan.

“These twelve individuals, who stood out among thousands of applicants considered in the Stars of Science international casting tour, are among the most talented, motivated and idea-driven young people in the region,” noted Youssif Abdulrahman Al-Salhi, perennial juror and General Manager of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre. “Stars of Science aims to build interest in science and technology as well as accelerate the development of the region’s next generation of innovators. I strongly believe that the candidates, by achieving their own aspirations, will inspire youth in their own countries to become interested in science and technology.”

Stars of Science has launched a new website that allows fans to enrich their viewing experience with web exclusives, episode recaps and candidate profiles. The website is an interactive hub for technology-related discussion and helps Arab innovators connect with resources and each other. Khaled Al Jumaily is reprising his role as host of Stars of Science for Season 6. For the first time, he is joined by Haneen Al Naqdi, who is co-hosting the program. Further insights into the candidates can be seen in daily episodes starting Sunday, 5 October 2014 at 4.30 PM KSA/ 1 PM GMT on MBC 4. The first engineering elimination episode will be aired on 11 October 2014 at 8 PM KSA/ 5 PM GMT on MBC 4. Season 6 will culminate in a live final in which voting from the public and jury deliberation will determine the final outcome.

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