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Qatari youth gets first prize in Stars of Science series 4

Khaled Abu Jassoum from Qatar has won the title of Stars of Science series 4 overall winner, walking away with a first prize of $300,000 to help develop his invention “Tahi”. In second place was Mohamed Watfa (Shared) who will receive $150,000, followed by Khaled Eid (Holific) and Jaber Henzab (Wasfa) who will each get $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. Khaled Abu Jassoum said: It would not have been possible to have reached this far without the help of my fellow candidates, the mentors, judges and of course Qatar Foundation who support this initiative and believe in young Arab innovators such as myself. The winners were announced on Thursday night in Doha at the live grand finale of the nine-week series. Khaled Abu Jassoum won with combined jury and public score of 30.9%. Four prizes were also awarded, with Qatar Science & Technology Park offering Hekmat Alrouh from Syria the chance to join the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme - a nine-month, executive education programme. The Qatar National Research Fund awarded fellowships to three candidates to pursue their work beyond the knowledge they have acquired via their experience in Stars of Science. They are Wael Hassan from Egypt (at Princess Sumara University of Technology, Amman), Aynour Tatinaki from Libya (at the Industrial Technology and Research Institute, Taiwan), and Mohamed Olayan from Jordan (at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar). Launched in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Stars of Science is the region’s first pan-Arab docu-reality TV programme dedicated to innovation. Budding innovators interested in entering Stars of Science season 5 still have time, with online applications closing at 11am on December 10. Young Arab innovators aged between 18 -30 may apply via the official Stars of Science website www.starsofscience.com / www.nojoumeloloum.com.
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