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7 November 2018 08:25 am

Record number of women advance to Stars of Science semi-finals

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A new milestone has been reached in the journey of Stars of Science, Qatar Foundation’s ‘edutainment reality’ TV show - for the first time, three out of the six finalists in the upcoming customer validation rounds are women. Nour Majbour, Rooda Al Qebaisi, and Sylia Khecheni represent the all-female team as competition and excitement intensifies in Season 10 of the show, while the men’s team is made up of Walid Al Banna, Salim Al Kaabi, and Abdallah Al Sairafi.

On this week’s episode, Stars of Science, three innovators competed in the final round of the prototyping episodes. Salim and Sylia won an emphatic victory, but viewers bid farewell to Ghassan and his Dry-Ice Cleaner Bot as the results did not go his way.

Salim kept his Stars of Science dream alive with his Safe Frankincense Varnish for Artists, which tackles an age-old problem – the product nullifies the harsh side effects of varnish while retaining the ability to make timeless paintings. Salim’s frankincense-processing lab consists of a production machine and an organic, environmentally-friendly varnish. “My varnish is 100 percent safe with absolutely no side effects – I am confident in its impending success,” Salim commented.

Sylia retained her spot on the show with a spirited defense of her Home Privacy Drone Blocker, watching its positive test results with pride. The device prevents the intrusion of hobbyist drones breaching private spaces, while keeping the drones intact. The engineer also held her own in a debate with experts over the effectiveness of her innovation, and eventually won the jury over as it demonstrated how it can block transmissions almost instantaneously.

During the latest episode, the show’s alumni guest, Season Four winner, Khalid Aboujassoum, shared advice and updates on his innovation, Tahi – now rebranded as Oliver – with the three innovators. “Introducing a product to the market is a long and challenging journey, but it is one that I highly value and enjoy,” Khalid said. “Winning the title has been an honor and, of course, an exhilarating moment of fame, but I think of it as a responsibility and a goal I need to live up to.”

In the customer validation rounds, the prototypes developed by the six remaining contestants will be tested and judged by focus groups containing potential customers and industry experts. In the buildup to Season 10’s final episode, the jury will then evaluate their progress and decide on the four finalists. Based on the results of the jury and online public voting, the four finalists will compete for a chance to win a share of $600,000 in seed funding.

For a full broadcast guide to Stars of Science Season 10, visit www.starsofscience.com 

And if you believe you have what it takes to be successful on Stars of Science Season 11, the show is accepting applications for its next season until the end of December 2018. Visit www.starsofscience.info/applynow/sos.html to register. 

Cover image courtesy of Qatar Foundation