Doha: Medical researcher Sadeem Qdaisat has been named the Arab world’s top innovator in the thrilling finale of Stars of Science, bringing the eighth season of Qatar Foundation’s hit TV show on MBC4 to a close.
This week, viewers around the world cast their vote online for one of the four Stars of Science finalists. Sevag Babikian, the savvy Lebanese innovator, took an early lead by winning the jury vote, however the combined online and jury vote earned Sadeem a score of 36.8percent, enough to win $300,000 for GenomiQ, his automated slide dropping in genetic testing innovation.
Sadeem dazzled fans and foes alike with encyclopaedic knowledge of the medical field and his unmatched ability to adapt to challenges thrown his way. With over 8.5 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram this season, Stars of Science broke records for digital engagement.
Four million unique users interacted with the show’s online channels this year.
Algerian Abderrahim Bourouis, inventor of the smart autism shirt Wonderkit, came in second place with a score of 31.7percent, earning $150,000.
Enthusiasts were drawn to Abderrahim’s kind heart and curious mind. Sevag Babikian earned 23.3percent to come in third with his efficient desktop 3D printer, Modifix. With his auto scoring and management in Taekwondo system, Take One, the dedicated Ghassan Yusuf from Bahrain came in fourth place with a score of 8.2percent.
Sevag won $100,000, while Ghassan was awarded $50,000. “Stars of Science has been the driving force behind myself, my fellow candidates and many innovators, leading us to serve our communities through science and technology,” noted Sadeem, winner of Stars of Science Season 8. “I am overjoyed to win this competition, and determined to bring GenomiQ to market.”
To the young people watching – you are the future of our region and our world. Have confidence in your abilities, don’t be afraid to take the road less travelled, believe in the power of education and seize any opportunity you have to make your dream a reality.”
Innovators interested in entering Stars of Science Season 9 still have time, with online applications closing on December 1st. Aspiring candidates from around the region are encouraged to apply via the official Stars of Science website: www.starsofscience.com.
source : The Peninsula Qatar