SOS has supported more than 150 Arab inventors while witnessing great success for many over the past decade and a half

Doha, Qatar: After the recent success of Stars of Science season 13, Stars of Science are once again offering ambitious Arab innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to be crowned ‘best Arab innovator’ by a jury of experienced scientists as applications open for Stars of Science season 14.

A unique platform for budding innovators, Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s edutainment show, enables applicants to showcase their skills and abilities to help inspire novel positive solutions to regional and global challenges across numerous sectors, like health, biomedicine, IT, sports, and engineering, among others. 

Khalifa Essa Al Kubaisi, Media Relations Manager, Qatar Foudation said: “Stars of Science is helping rediscover the culture of innovation that the Arab world is known for since time immemorial. With a high percentage of young people, among whom exist many innovators capable of developing impactful solutions to address challenges of their societies, the region is witnessing a strong resurgence of this culture. Stars of Science provides the region’s innovators with a valuable opportunity and robust support to further develop their ideas that could go on to contribute to the advancement of their societies. Previous seasons of the program have revealed the capabilities of these young talents and what they can achieve when given the necessary support.” 

For over a decade, the impact of Stars of Science has been felt through its significant contributions to a vibrant entrepreneurial culture among people in Arab countries, which is reflected by the successes achieved by its many alumni. So far, 154 innovators representing 19 Arab countries have instilled the values of collaboration and scientific excellence from their time on the show, offering a wide network for new participants to meet, learn from and share knowledge with.

Dr. Nuha Abu Yousef, a Jordanian physician and mother of two, shatters stereotypes and demonstrates that women can pursue both a career in science and have a family by giving birth during her time on the show while wining second place with her innovation the Active Lazy Eyelid Adhesive for Bell’s palsy patients. Qatari engineer Khalid Aboujassoum launched the invention he started on Stars of Science, ‘Oliver’, a fully-automated, smart cooking appliance with its own smartphone app, which will soon be available in global markets. Kuwaiti alumnus Sadeq Qasem established his own R&D company, ‘Prototec’. He manufactured ‘Dukhoon’ – an electronic incense burner – which has sold hundreds of thousands of units around the world and currently counts four products on the market with an additional two in the pipeline. He encouraged future Arab innovators to apply for the new season, saying: “Stars of Science is not just a TV show or a competition, it is a school. It is very important that you deal with the show as an educational opportunity, where your focus should not only be on winning; this is something that ends with the show. You should seize the educational experiences that will remain with you for life.” 

To apply for Stars of Science season 14, please register by December 15, 2021, where you can also learn more about the alumni, innovations, and what their successes could mean for you. 

About Stars of Science:

As the premier innovation show in the Arab world, Stars of Science – the edutainment TV initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF) – empowers Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their communities, benefitting people’s health and lifestyles, and helping to preserve the environment.

Over a 12-week process, the contestants demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions in a shared innovation space, competing against time with the support of a team of experienced engineers and product developers. An expert panel of jurors assess and eliminate projects every week across several prototyping and testing rounds, until only four finalists remain to compete for a share of $600,000 in seed funding. Jury deliberation and online voting from the public determine the rankings.

About Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential:

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development. 

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.

 QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.