Doha, 19th September 2011: The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) announced today that the third series of Stars of Science will be shown from 6th October 2011. This unique ‘docu-reality’ TV program dedicated to innovation will be aired exclusively on MBC4 at 10pm KSA.
Stars of Science will begin its search for the next generation of young Arab innovators in a thrilling eight-week series, culminating in a live finale on 1st December 2011 at which a total of $600,000 in prize money will be awarded.
Stars of Science is the first Pan-Arab TV show to shine a spotlight on the region’s young inventors. Launched in 2009, it has previously aired on over 17 channels across the Arab world.
The announcement came in a regional press conference at Qatar Science & Technology Park, on the Qatar Foundation campus outside Doha, where the main stages of the competition will be held. The event was attended by representatives of Qatar Foundation, permanent jury members of Stars of Science, and the winners of series one and two, Bassam Jalgha and Sadeq Qassem.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of the newly-formed Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Vice-President, Education, Qatar Foundation, commented: “Qatar Foundation is immensely proud to be launching the third series of this hugely popular and original TV program which showcases Arab innovation, the only format of its kind that is made by the region, for the region. Our goal is to show that science can be entertaining and enlightening. This springs from the determination of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to encourage science and innovation among young Arabs, and it is a reflection of Qatar Foundation’s vision of a knowledge-based society.”
Following an international recruitment campaign, episodes one and two will see candidates pitch their ideas to permanent jury members General Mohamad Al Kuwari, General Manager of EADS Competence Center of Qatar, and Professor Fouad Mrad, Executive Director of the Regional Technology Center-United Nations – ESCWA. The casting tour will take place in eight countries across the region – Qatar, Kuwait, KSA, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Syria – during which the permanent jury will be joined in each city by a local university jury member.
In episode three, viewers will follow the top candidates as they attend a selection process in Doha, where the innovators have one last opportunity to impress the 10-strong jury who must select a shortlist of 16. The successful candidates are invited to enter a specially-designed workshop in the heart of Qatar Science & Technology Park where they will have access to an array of state-of-the art resources as well as the support of top engineering, design and business professionals and experts from some of the world’s leading academic institutions and global organizations.
In episodes four to eight, viewers will follow the candidates’ progress as they are tested on different aspects of the innovation cycle, including proof of concept, engineering, design and – lastly – business, to ascertain whether their inventions have what it takes to become part of everyday life.
This season $600,000 in prize money is at stake. It will be distributed among the last four during the live finale on December 1st, when viewers and jury members will choose the winner and three runners-up, who will all receive a cash prize to help develop their innovations.
• 1st prize: $300,000
• 2nd prize: $150,000
• 3rd prize: $100,000
• 4th prize: $50,000
Stars of Science receives support from a raft of experts and mentors such as VIP juror Dr. Farouk El-Baz, an Egyptian-American scientist widely known for his work at NASA, as well as blue-chip companies and universities which are partners of Qatar Foundation. These include Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar; Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar; Texas A&M University at Qatar; and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Other supporters are College of the North Atlantic-Qatar and Qatar University, as well as Qatar Science & Technology Park.
Hosted by Khaled Jumali, Stars of Science will consist of eight prime-time episodes plus the finale when the public will be invited to vote alongside the Jury. Prime-time Episodes are 80 minutes, and they start from October 6th 2011 (10pm KSA), with 30 daily updates starting from October 28th 2011 (4.30pm KSA), all broadcast for the first time on MBC4.
Notes to Editors
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development. QF’s education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community development pillar helps foster a progressive society while also enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa
About Stars of Science
Stars of Science is an original TV format, initiated by Qatar Foundation, which has been broadcast on over 17 TV channels throughout the Arab world. Currently in its third season, Stars of Science supports 16 young innovators who have an idea based on a novel scientific feature. Each project is developed for commercialization through several stages of the innovation cycle which include proof of concept, engineering prototyping, design production and business feasibility.
The four finalists are ranked by a jury and viewers in a live show in which the winning products are revealed. The finalists receive a total cash prize of $600,000 to help them develop their product further.
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