Walid Albanna emerged as the top innovator in the Season 10 Grand Finale of Stars of Science. A firm favourite amongst jurors, innovators, and the public, the 35 year-old Palestinian neurosurgeon successfully aced the competition in the last heated episode of the edutainment reality TV.
According to Qatar Foundation (QF) Media Relations Manager Khalifa Al Kubaisi, Stars of Science showcases the very best of Arab talent to the region and the world, and each year they are overwhelmed by the quality of the innovative ideas that emerge from the show.
Season 10 has lived up to, and even surpassed, all expectations and demonstrated how, across the Arab world, aspiring innovators are determined to realise their ideas and their goals, creating genuine and positive impact for society in the process.’
QF congratulates Walid Albanna for bagging the top prize, and all the other contestants for their contributions to an unforgettable season. Al Kubaisi said they look forward to seeing their pioneering inventions come to fruition.
Ahead of the Grand Finale, avid fans took to the internet to cast their votes for the four finalists. The online public vote, combined with the expert jury vote, earned Walid a score of 32.5% for his ‘Neurovascular Retina Analyzer’. The smart wearable retina camera increases the quality of aftercare for patients who suffered a stroke, and successfully secured Waleed the first place and US$300,000 in investment.
Walid said no words can describe how he felt as a Stars of Science winner. He expressed his deepest gratitude to Qatar Foundation, to Stars of Science, to his family and friends, and to everyone who supported him throughout what he called, a journey of a lifetime.
To all the kids out there with heads full of dazzling ideas for how to improve lives across the world, please remember that your ideas matter and are definitely worth exploring! I hope I can act as the beacon to guide your journey through science and innovation. If I can do it, you certainly can!’
Nour Majbour, the research associate from Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and creator of the ‘Parkinson’s Early Detection Kit’, secured a well-deserved second place with a combined score of 31.3%, earning herself US $150,000.
Innovator Sylia Khecheni came third with a score of 30.1%. Her ‘Home Privacy Drone Blocker’ saw her receive US $100,000 worth of prize money. Salim Al Kaabi came in fourth place and awarded with US $50,000. He earned a score of 6.1% with his ‘Safe Frankincense Varnish for Artists’ invention.
Arab youth across the world who are interested in science, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship are encouraged to submit an application for the next season of Stars of Science. Online applications will close on 15 December. Screening and auditions are part of the selection process, and applications should be submitted through the official Stars of Science website. Don’t miss this life-changing opportunity!