Friday, August 22, 2014
   Casting Episode 2
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After a journey across the Arab world, the permanent jurors and the Stars of Science team were ready for the second half of the adventure as they prepared to stop in Qatar, Jordan, KSA and Lebanon to meet the applicants and get a deeper look at their innovations.

Stopping at his resident country, Mr. Youssif Al-Salhi was intrigued to discover the talent and innovation that young Qatari’s and Qatari residence alike have up their sleeves. Dr. Majd Sakr, Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, was introduced to the jury panel as local juror with his main expertise in robotics. The casting received a high number of applicants from various countries with different innovations ranging from football goal-line technology to a game-making immersive kit. Mohammed Doumir, Ahmad Shihada, Mohammed Al Kuwari, El Arby Sidi Boubacar and Feras Abdulmajid made the cut and were already preparing for the next selection phase.

As the jurors said their farewells to Qatar for a brief period before returning, Jordan was now the next stop on the map. In search for scientific breakthroughs, the jurors welcomed Professor Abdallah Ibrahim Malkawi for his vast experience in the field as President of Jordan University for Science and Technology. The casting got underway just outside the capital Amman as hopeful candidates flocked to present their long researched and sometimes weak ideas to the panel. Mohammad Abazeed, Anwar Almojarkesh and Juma El Awaisi got accepted with their ideas that ranged from an automated public pharmacy to a car performance enhancer engine.

While the Jordan casting came to a close, candidates in KSA were already prepared to meet the jury with Dr. Abdulaziz Alhargan, CEO at Badir Program for Technology Incubators - King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, on the panel. KSA was met with strong applicants defending their ideas under any circumstance of criticism but only 3 candidates convinced the jury; Waleed Jan, Turki Andergiri and Zahra Qaysi. 

The final country on the Stars of Science tour was Lebanon, where the team met with local juror Professor Najat Saliba, Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the American University of Beirut. Professor Najat and the permanent jury met with various applicants who all had different ideas ranging from a turbo cooking pan, a smart wallet for the blind and eco-friendly LED based fireworks! The jury were tough in choosing only 4 candidates to the next phase in Doha and they were Salim Tamari, Kamal Hamadeh, Alrasheed Altayeb and Oussama Shaya.

Watch MBC4 on Friday September 27th at 8PM KSA as the selected candidates battle it out once again between themselves and a 10 member jury line-up in Qatar for a chance to be chosen among the top 16 candidates for Stars of Science season 5!

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