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TV show to boost young innovators

TV show Stars of Science returns to screens to shine a spotlight on the region’s young inventors

TV show to boost young innovators

Reality TV show Stars of Science has announced the launch of its sixth season, showcasing young Arab innovators in the fields of science and technology.

Due to premier on MBC4 on Saturday, 13 September, the 10-episode series will feature 12 candidates from across the Arab world, aged between 18 and 30.

Throughout the programme, an expert panel of academic judges and industry leaders will test the innovators’ resilience, ingenuity, and teamwork.

Candidates will also be given access to an array of state-of-the art resources and will receive mentorship from top engineering and design specialists from across the globe.

The four finalists will compete for a share of a $600,000 prize in a live finale, with voting from the public and jury deliberation determining the winner.

An initiative by the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), which is owned by Qatar Foundation, the sho has received more than 28,000 submissions from young Arab inventors over the course of its six seasons.

Its alumni have presented at TEDx events, The White House, and international forums while 80 of the featured candidates have gone on to file 62 patents and found 16 regionally-based companies.

Youssif Abdulrahman Saleh, perennial juror and general manager of Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre in QSTP, said: “The overwhelming interest from young Arabs in Stars of Science is indicative of a renewed enthusiasm for science and technology throughout the region.”