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Stars of Science Final Four

The final six innovators in Season 10 of Stars of Science, the edutainment TV show by Qatar Foundation, took their place in the hot-seat once again during its two customer validation episodes.

Conducting market research on new products from potential users, buyers, and experts is a crucial piece of the innovation puzzle and has been the focus of the show’s most recent two episodes. Four finalists have now landed a spot in the Grand Finals, where they will stop at nothing to take home the Stars of Science trophy – and voting has already started.

The first customer validation episode featured the all-male team of Abdallah Al Sairafi, Walid Al Banna, and Salim Al Kaabi. With the finishing line in sight, neurosurgeon Walid and artist Salim celebrated their customer validation victory.

Walid’s innovation, the Neurovascular Retina Analyzer is a time-efficient, non-intrusive optical device, with its portable scanner analysing a patients’ brain through the eyes, providing medical practitioners with vital data and information that could protect people from the risk of recurring strokes.

Salim’s innovation, Safe Frankincense Varnish for Artists, is proving to be an exciting and creative addition this season. The environmentally-friendly natural paint is made from Omani Frankincense, organic and cost-efficient.

The three female innovators vigorously defended their innovations during the second customer validation episode. Sadly, the show had to bid farewell to Rooda Al Qebaisi, while Nour Majbour and Sylia Khecheni advanced to the Grand Finals.

Nour’s innovation, the Parkinson’s Early Detection Kit, uses novel anti-bodies taken from blood samples to detect early stages of the disease. The innovation can help patients seek medical advice as early as possible. Nour Majbour is a research associate from Qatar Biomedical Research Institute of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Sylia’s project, the Home Privacy Drone Blocker, effectively and precisely detects intruding drones and blocks them from transmitting within just three seconds. The device is intended for families and aims to safeguard people’s privacy.

The public’s say will make all the difference in the Grand Finals as voters, along with the jury, decide the winner in the next and final episode – and change the future of the region’s top innovators. Online voting is now open through this link and ends on Thursday, 22 November at 9 am GMT.

For a full broadcast guide to Stars of Science Season 10, visit their website at starsofscience.com

And if you believe you have what it takes to be successful on Stars of Science Season 11, the show is now accepting applications for the next season until December 2018. Register through this link.  

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