After a thrilling nine weeks, the waiting was over for four young Arab innovators last night as the overall winner of Stars of Science Series 4 was announced in an exciting live finale, held in Doha, Qatar. With a combined Jury and Public score of 30.9%, Khaled Abu Jassoum from Qatar claimed this year’s title as Stars of Science Series 4 overall winner, walking away with a first prize of $300,000 to help develop his invention “Tahi”.
Following Khaled Abu Jassoum in second place was Mohamad Watfa “Shared” who will receive $150,000, with Khaled Eid “Holific” and Jaber Henzab “Wasfa” who will each receive $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Khaled Abu Jassoum commented, “I am so proud to have won first place of this season’s Stars of Science competition. It would not have been possible to have reached this far without the help of my fellow candidates, the mentors, judges and of course Qatar Foundation who support this initiative and believe in young Arab innovators such as myself.”
Four prizes were also awarded to unsuspecting candidates, with Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) offering Hekmat Alrouh from Syria the chance to join the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program - a nine-month, executive education program.
The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) awarded prestigious fellowships to three candidates opening doors for the candidates to pursue their work beyond the knowledge they have acquired via their experience in Stars of Science:
-Wael Hassan from Egypt, at Princess Sumara University of Technology in Amman
-Aynour Tatinaki from Lybia, at the Industrial Technology and Research Institute in Taiwan
-Mohamad Olayan from Jordan, at Weil Cornell’s Medical Center in Qatar
Launched in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Stars of Science is the region’s first pan-Arab docu-reality TV program dedicated to innovation.
Budding innovators interested in entering Stars of Science Season 5 still have time , with online applications closing at 11am on December 10th 2012 Young Arab innovators aged between 18 -30 are encouraged to apply via the official Stars of Science website