- Prototyping rounds of Qatar Foundation’s media initiative begin
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Stars of Science jury put a promising trio of young Arab innovators through their paces on this week’s episode. The resourceful Mohammed Al-Jefairi and the astute Ahmad Nabeel persevered, leaving behind fellow innovator Wissam Manshi and his robotic Arabic coffee waiter invention.
In this week’s episode, Mohammed showcased his innovation, an interactive robot that harnesses the latest technological advancements to teach deaf children Arabic sign language. Ahmad demonstrated his self-cleaning laparoscope lens, which he hopes will revolutionize how doctors perform surgery. Wissam displayed his robotic Arabic coffee waiter, programmed to automatically pour a perfect cup of coffee from a della, a traditional Arabic coffee pot.
Mohammed, who is now one step closer to the final round, said: “I’m driven to help our society become more inclusive to those who use Arabic sign language to communicate. I hope my invention will bring early childhood sign language instruction into the 21st century.”
“As an innovator, I’m always ready for a new challenge,” said Ahmad Nabeel. “The next stage of Stars of Science is going to test my skills in ways I can’t yet imagine – but I’m looking forward to it.”
Two prototyping episodes remain. Six innovators out of nine will emerge to compete in the next stage of the competition – the customer validation round.
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Stars of Science
Stars of Science, the flagship “edutainment reality” TV format initiated by Qatar Foundation, is the Arab world’s leading innovation show that enables the region’s aspiring science and technology entrepreneurs.
Throughout the season nine candidates are challenged to develop creative solutions to regional problems within the fields of information technology, energy, environment, and health. An expert panel of jurors assesses and eliminates candidates and their innovative products in Prototyping and Customer Validation episodes until only four remain. These four finalists vie for a share of $600,000 in seed funding, determined by a jury deliberation and online voting from the public.
Stars of Science airs every Saturday from September 23, 2017, until November 25, 2017. Please go to www.starsofscience.com for a full list of broadcasters or to catch up on episodes.
Regional broadcasting details are as follows:
Qatar, Al Rayyan TV: Fridays: 18:00 GMT
Lebanon, LBC & LDC: Saturdays 15:00 GMT
Oman, Oman TV Culture Channel: Saturdays 15:30 GMT
Algeria, Echorouk TV: Saturdays 18:00 GMT
Iraq, Al Sumaria: Saturdays 18:30 GMT
Jordan, Al Roya: Saturdays 18:30 GMT
Kuwait, Al Rai TV: Saturdays 20:30 GMT
Episode will be uploaded on the SOS website at 21:30 GMT
Al Rayyan TV: Saturdays 17:00 QAT
Algeria, Echorouk TV: Saturdays 23:00 ALG, 24:00 ALG
Iraq, Al Sumaria: Saturday night 03:00 AST, Sunday morning 13:45 AST, Thursday night 22:45 AST
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 Emir, 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.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa