Extraordinary decision made as the eight nominees all passed the first two stages of the Qatar Foundation’s issuance due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The jury of Stars of Science screened out three contestants during the prototyping stage of the Qatar Foundation’s education-entertainment show, saying that after two consecutive bouts without elimination, the projects of the eight contestants could now be judged fairly.
“COVID-19 has impacted our ability to deliver needed resources on time. To address this issue, we gave the innovators in Season 12 the opportunity to work on their projects for 10 weeks, which gave them enough time to present fully functional prototypes that met our usual scientific standards, ”said Professor Fouad Mrad, member of the jury of Stars of Science, while he virtually joined the episode with Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry.
“Each of these innovators has shown great strength of character in adapting to these exceptional circumstances. They demonstrate to what extent Arab youth have unlimited potential, especially when given the opportunity to prove themselves ”.
Sadly, the projects of Azzam Alwan, Jamal Shaktour and Othman Abu Laban fell short of the jury’s expectations this week, leading to their elimination. Azzam’s Biometric 3D Computer Security System, which promised to secure mobile phones by memorizing the user’s way of writing, has not demonstrated its self-learning capabilities.
Jamal’s Protective Double Gas Mask, a portable air filtration system and mask designed for first aid, came under scrutiny as the project’s prototype featured exposed tubes, which the jury deemed to be a critical risk in dangerous situations. Othman’s ultra-modular automotive headrest, which aims to protect against whiplash in an accident by automatically adjusting its position and providing them with a safety cushion, did not convince the jury due to various cost and reliability issues.
“I have done all I can and have no regrets,” Mr. Othman said. “I learned to analyze the big picture and to look at my project from different perspectives. There is no winner or loser, we have all learned from this experience ”.
The jury continued the rigorous evaluations of the other projects. Sarah Aboerjaib championed her Optical Bone Fracture Scanner, a portable device that uses infrared rays to detect fractures, and was praised for its attractive design. Mohammad Almogahwi’s Hands-Free Toothbrush worked as expected and passed various tests.
Eiman Al Hamad’s Arabic-language Phishing Detector has shown that it can detect attempted fraudulent telephone calls using voice recognition in Arabic; however, the jury insisted on its future development plans and on the research underlying the project. Qatar has said it wants to prove the viability of the system first before focusing on preparing it for the market.
Ahmad Fathalla’s work on his Smart Cubes Educational Platform has paid off. Its innovation got very good marks in the tests. The Egyptian innovator detailed the next steps in his innovation journey, detailing how he plans to tackle issues of cost, sustainability and safety.
Finally, Waddah Malaeb’s 3D bio-cellular development chip impressed the members of the jury, in particular because the innovator knows his market very well and presents plans for mass production.
Yosouf Al-Salehi, executive director of Qatar Science and Technology Park and former member of the show’s jury, joined Stars of Science as a guest jury for the second time to share their point of view with the participants.
Mohamed Zied Chaari, Tunisian, one of the four finalists of the third season of Stars of Science, co-hosted this week’s episode alongside acclaimed host Khalid Al Jumaily. The Tunisian innovator, author and entrepreneur encouraged participants to confront the jury by focusing on the strengths of their ideas and their passion, adding that “ambition is stronger than fear”.
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About Stars of Science
Stars of Science, the Arab world’s first show dedicated to innovation, is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF) that combines education and entertainment. The show offers Arab innovators the opportunity to develop technological solutions that benefit their communities, their health or their way of life, and that help preserve the environment.
During a twelve-week process, participants must prove the effectiveness of their solutions within a shared innovation space, in a race against time and with the support of a team of experienced engineers and product developers. A jury of experts assesses and eliminates the candidates each week during the prototyping and validation stages. The last four finalists will compete to win a share of 600,000 US dollars which will allow them to finance the launch of their project. The share of each will be determined according to the score awarded by the jury and the online vote of the public.
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The Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
The Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, not-for-profit organization, which supports Qatar in its transformation towards a diverse and sustainable economy. QF aspires to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by offering innovation-driven programs in education, science, and research and community development.
Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir Sr., and His Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared a common vision of providing quality education in Qatar. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities from the age of six months through to the doctorate, allowing graduates to thrive in an international environment and contribute to the development of the nation.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation center in Qatar, where researchers tackle local and global challenges. By fostering 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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Doha, Qatar, October 25, 2020
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