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Fouad Maksoud was named the Arab World’s top innovator in a supercharged finale of Stars of Science. His journey on the ninth season of the Qatar Foundation (QF) hit TV show captivated audiences across the Middle East and beyond. While competition was fierce, Fouad and his Nano-shielding Textile Machine became the public and jury favourite, earning him the highest honour on the show.
QF’s Omran Hamad Al Kuwari said that they saw a multitude of incredible inventions this year, designed to address issues specific to the Arab world.
Yousuf Al-Harthy, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Technology Fund said they are delighted to host the Stars of Science finalists. He said that through the partnership, they seek to ensure the transfer of knowledge and experience to the next generation of young innovators.
By hosting the Stars of Science finale in Oman, we aim to enhance the participation of Omani youth in upcoming Stars of Science seasons. Oman Technology Fund provides support to entrepreneurs and innovators and we invite all Stars of Science innovators to apply for our various investment programmes.’
This week, Stars of Science fans cast their votes online for one of the four finalists. The online voting from the public, combined with the expert jury vote, earned Fouad Maksoud a score of 43%, enough to win the prize of US $300,000 for his Nano-shielding Textile Machine. The multi-functional machine harnesses nanotechnology to make clothing waterproof, integrate healing medicine into the fibres of bandages, and much more.
Maksoud said he is ‘beyond humbled and hugely grateful’ to his mentors and fellow competitors.
Stars of Science has given me the confidence and knowledge to fearlessly pursue my dreams. If you’re sitting at home with a brilliant idea, my message to you is: Action is the only antidote when it comes to innovation, achieving goals, and solving problems. It’s up to young people like you and me to serve and improve lives of the communities we live in.’
Ahmad Nabeel, inventor of the Virtual Beam and Self-Cleaning Laparoscope, came in at second place with a combined score of 30%, earning himself US $150,000. Innovator Meshal Alshahrani came in third with a score of 14.7% with his Hajj Navigation Bracelet. He won $100,000 USD. And last, but not the least, Mohammed Al-Jefairi came in fourth place with a score of 12.3% with the Deaf Interactive Robotic Teacher. He was awarded $50,000 USD.
The Stars of Science finale took place in the Sultanate of Oman.
Arab youth worldwide interested in science, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply for entering the next season of Stars of Science. Online applications will close on 1 December 2017. Screening and auditioning are part of the selection process. Applications are submitted via the official Stars of Science website. Don’t miss this life-changing opportunity!