October 1, 2015

SOS7 Shortlists in First Three Episodes on MBC4

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Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) 'edutainment reality' TV program on MBC4 that encourages science, technology and innovation, has shortlisted the region’s most promising Arab innovators for its seventh season.
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Over the first three episodes, hundreds of talented students, entrepreneurs, and professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 bravely presented their ideas to experienced jurors at castings across the Arab world.

The panel of jurors – whose permanent members are Professor Fouad Mrad, Executive Director of the United Nations ESCWA Regional Center for Technology in Amman, Jordan, and Mr. Youssif Abdulrahman Saleh, General Manager at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) – evaluated each idea in terms of its scientific sophistication and originality, market outlook, and feasibility. Only applicants whose ideas met the highest standards in each category were shortlisted.

Several of the shortlisted projects aim to foster a more sustainable planet by saving water and using solar energy.Others leverage smart technology to monitor and improve health, train athletes, or enhance the quality of life for the physically disabled. A number of the ideas advance the fields of photography, communication, nutrition, computing, and on-the-job safety and efficiency.

The upcoming Majlis episode will capture the nerve-racking moments in which the jury decides the fate of the shortlisted applicants – only 12 of which will be invited to travel to the Stars of Science laboratories at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), a member of Qatar Foundation.

Once in Doha, candidates work with mentors to refine their ideas and build prototypes of their inventions. In prime time episodes, viewers will see the number of candidates steadily decrease to a group of four finalists, who will share $600,000 in prize money.

Khalid Al Jumaily, who has taken viewers through many thrilling moments of previous seasons, has returned to host this seventh edition of Stars of Science. Over the course of 10 prime time episodes, 12 innovators will compete against each other as they turn their ideas into working prototypes. Their full journey will be chronicled through daily episodes starting on Saturday, 10 October at 4 PM KSA / 1 PM GMT on MBC4.

To read the full article on the Stars of Science website, please click here.