The finalists will share in a $600,000 seed fund and compete to become the Arab world’s top innovator
Doha, Qatar, November 2, 2019: ( AETOSWire)- The stakes were high in the penultimate episode of Stars of Science Season 11, as the final four contestants in Qatar Foundation’s edutainment TV show were determined to earn top marks from the jury in the last elimination round and secure their place in the Grand Final.
In this week’s Prototype Testing episode, there was no margin for error for Nuha Abu Yousef, Abdulrahman Salah Khamis, Youssef El Azouzi, and Husam Sameer as the jury demanded that they met higher standards than ever before. Their products underwent vital user testing to demonstrate that they had addressed consumer needs in their design, the last step before deeming them viable for the market.
“User testing is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle,” said Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, Stars of Science jury member. “Our contestants may have spent weeks pushing their technical expertise to the limit when designing, constructing, and building their prototypes, but all of this work will count for nothing if consumers aren’t able to actually use the product.”
“We want to make sure that the amazing ideas we see on Stars of Science are not only realized, but also have the potential for worldwide impact.”
Nuha confidently assured the jury that the customization app connected to her Active Lazy Eyelid Sticker – designed to stimulate the eyelid in patients with afflicted facial muscles – would reap successful results by the Grand Final. Accepting the jury’s feedback, Abdulrahman stated that constructive criticism is exactly what he needed in order to properly develop his Interactive Educational Prayer Carpet for the consumer market. Meanwhile, Youssef emphasized that his Flow Modulator Stent would eliminate maintenance costs of current treatments, and save congestive heart failure patients thousands of dollars in the long-term.
In the end, viewers bid farewell to Husam and his Efficient Comfort Concrete Panel. He felt the heat this weekend as his invention struggled to replicate the same impressive results as the week prior. While he had to leave the competition, he was grateful for the chance to turn his idea into a reality and remained committed to developing it further. “For the remaining finalists, I wish them all the best in the Grand Final,” said Hussam. “I encourage all Arab innovators to not forget the child within them and pursue their dreams with optimism.”
Walid Albanna, winner of Stars of Science Season 10, co-hosted the episode alongside longtime host Khalid Al Jumaily and leaped to the defense of the innovators at times throughout their evaluations, sympathizing with them as a former contestant. He also encouraged them to treasure their experience and the people around them. “My greatest memory was mingling with fellow innovators in a unique environment,” said Walid. “I still remember all the moments we had backstage during our time, and I consider them some of my closest friends to date.”
Nuha, Abdulrahman, and Youssef will proceed to the live Grand Final, where they will finalize their products for the market and determine their final share of the $600,000 seed fund. Voters will play a huge role, as they will help determine the winner of Stars of Science Season 11 in the next and concluding episode – and shape the future of innovation in the region. Online voting is now open on www.starsofscience.com and ends on Wednesday November 6th at 3PM QAT/ 12PM GMT.