Stars of Science, the most unique and thrilling search for the world’s best Arab innovator, returns this fall on MBC4 for its eighth season.
Apart from entertaining television, the programme serves as an excellent platform to launch the careers of talented young innovators who possess the potential to impact their local community and beyond by addressing the needs of, and solving problems specific to, the Arab world.
Khalifa Al Kubaisi, Head of QF Press Office at Qatar Foundation said:
Every season we are astounded by the ideas and ingenuity of our regional talent, and we have seen some amazing innovations use Stars of Science as a spring board to impart a meaningful impact in the fields of science and research.’
So far, Stars of Science alumni have picked up over 50 international and regional awards, showcasing their knowledge and expertise on an international scale. Some of the most notable inventions to emerge from the series include Vetosis, a camel racing diagnostic boot devised by 28-year-old veterinarian Mohammed Doumir from Season 5. Mohammed’s invention diagnoses limping in racing animals, particularly camels, using specialised sensors, and he is currently expanding his product alongside Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Al Shaqab; members of QF, as well as camel racing body, Hejn Association.
Local involvement is another reason for the Qatari community to get excited about the show. Qatar’s very own Season 5 runner up, Mohamad Al Kuwari, created i7 Goal Line Technology, an automated verdict in disputed football scoring which combines linear readers with a high speed computer vision system to determine goal verification. Working to introduce the i7 Goal Line Technology to football’s international governing organisations such as FIFA, Mohammed has been commended by numerous Qatari organisations, including the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs, Qatar Football Association, Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Scientific Club.
Apart from sporting excellence, other innovations which have emerged from the show include products aimed at alleviating problems for those with special needs. Anwar Almojarkesh, an electrical and telecommunications engineer from Syria, developed the ‘Assistive Pillow’ for the hearing impaired when he competed in Stars of Science Season 5. The user downloads the Braci app, which utilises Bluetooth technology to alert the hearing impaired to the events happening in their surroundings through vibration, light and smell with the aid of a smart phone application.
In an effort to improve the lives of those with physical and mental challenges, Ahmad Al Ghazi established a medical device company in Silicon Valley to produce Goom, a motorised walker and lifter for the elderly and handicapped which is now patented in several countries. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Ahmad claimed first prize in Season 2 and paved the way for other products conducive to health and the autonomy of seniors.
With real world significance, Stars of Science has created an attractive entrepreneurial road map for young innovators in the region. With no end in sight, this season is sure to not only inspire audience participation, but motivate a new cohort of innovators to apply for the programme next year. Apart from popularising the show, previous contestants and their past inventions have made a substantial impact on the region through their success and will undoubtedly continue to be the greatest reflection of the knowledge economy flourishing in the Middle East.
The first episode of Stars of Science airs on Saturday 17 September 2016 10pm on MBC4. For more details visit Stars of Science website.