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Two Stars of Science Innovators Advance to Next Round of Show

Contestants Progress in Qatar Foundation’s Media Initiative

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Two young Arab innovators have progressed to the next stage of Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science TV show. Fouad Maksoud and Mohamed Farag bid farewell to Zainab Abosuhail, who came up just short with the show’s three-man jury.

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Fouad and Mohamed may have impressed so far, but they will need to redouble their efforts to keep their winning streaks alive in the next stage of the show.

Fouad provided the jury with an extensive explanation on the inner workings of his project, a machine that employs electro-spinning nanotechnology to make everyday textiles, like shirts or socks, water resistant. “Advancements in the nanotechnology field can have an enormous impact on our lives,” he said. “As someone who has spent years studying this technology, I know we have many reasons to be excited about its vast potential.”

Mohamed made a compelling argument for his device, a smart gym retrofit kit that automatically records and analyzes exercise metrics in the weight room, such as sets and repetitions. Mohamed’s passion for fitness is the inspiration behind his innovation. “Knowledge is power – and more knowledge during a workout can make you stronger,” he said. “My innovation will help motivate users to stay fit and enjoy an active lifestyle – an issue so important in our region.”

Watch the final prototyping episode this weekend, which will determine who joins Mohammed Al-Jefairi, Ahmad Nabeel, Fouad Maksoud, and Mohamed Farag in the Stars of Science customer validation round.

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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.

In this eighth 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 23rd 2017 until November 25th 2017. Please go to 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 19:00 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

Additional Screenings

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 AST04

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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