As the “edutainment reality” TV program Stars of Science prepares for its sixth season, the program’s creator, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has revealed that a total of 28,000 young Arabs were inspired to submit their inventions over the first five seasons.
Launched in 2009, Stars of Science was designed as a platform for the next generation of Arab innovators to develop its capacities in science and technology.
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Of the 28,000 applicants, 80 of the most talented and entrepreneurial spirits were selected to participate in the TV program, and were supported by an international team of experts in developing their projects from concept to commercialization.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., President of Hamad bin Khalifa University commented: “Through Stars of Science, we are empowering some of the brightest minds in the Arab world to innovate and to create. Looking back over the past five seasons, I am proud to say that the program has succeeded in becoming an incubator of science and technology, providing a platform for young people to develop their expertise in the field of science while highlighting the region’s commitment to innovation.”
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A total of 61 patents have been filed by the 80 candidates across the Middle East, from Mauritania to Iraq, and 16 companies have been established by the program’s alumni. Stars of Science is the only program in the region that offers young Arab inventors an opportunity to see their products come to life. It also enables people from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds to contribute to the creation of new Middle Eastern compnies every year.
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In addition to the ongoing support of the internationally renowned experts who are the program’s judges, the 18 winners of the past five seasons have won cash prizes to develop their products ranging from $50,000 to $300,000, and totaling $3,000,000. Their accomplishments can now be witnessed around the world thanks to their participation in Stars of Science.
The program has more than 1,000,000 million Facebook fans, 43,000 Twitter followers, over 1,500,000 unique website visitors and more than 2,000,000 YouTube viewers.
Stars of Science will be back on air in 2014 with some exciting updates to the show’s format. For additional information, log on to: www.starsofscience.com.
- 28,000 applications received from eight countries during five seasons of Stars of Science program
- 80 inventors selected to compete in past five seasons
- 61 patents filed by Stars of Science candidates since launch of program
- 16 Middle Eastern companies established in the region to date by Stars of Science alumni
- 18 young Arab inventors won prizes ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 totaling a combined $3,000,000
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