Riadh Abdelhedi has emerged as the top Arab innovator on Season 13 of Stars of Science, a Qatar Foundation (QF) initiative, winning the votes of the jury and public with his innovation, the Hybrid Power Bank, while overcoming a variety of challenges caused by COVID-19.

The Tunisian innovator was overjoyed when the show’s longtime host, Khaled Al-Jumaily, announced that his invention, the Hybrid Power Bank, had claimed 39.4% of the total votes, securing the top prize of $300,000.

“I want to thank the jury and the audience for giving me their votes and believing in my idea and invention, Hybrid Power Bank, which I hope I will be able to continue to develop and release in regional and global markets. I hope that I can set a good example for how creative and innovative young Arab youth can be when equipped with the adequate resources,” said Abdelhedi.

His winning invention, now branded as HyPow, can charge itself fully in a few minutes as a result of its unique power storage system, which combines lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitor technology. HyPow provides the world with an innovative, efficient way to charge a device while leading a busy life. Riadh’s invention encourages us to adapt to our fast-paced life especially during challenging times like the pandemic.

“Last year, we saw global priorities shift; and this was true even for the technology sector, which continues to play a vital role in combating COVID-19. As a result, in this very special season of Stars of Science, we have observed two broad categories of innovation – projects which are actively fighting COVID-19 and its associated complications, and projects that demonstrate resilience and adaptability and urge continuity,” said Yosouf Al-Salehi, Executive Director, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

“This was true of Riadh Abdelhedi, who finalized the Hybrid Power Bank in record time, and demonstrated how technology can drive positive impact. His invention exemplifies the persistence of innovators in developing technology solutions that can solve real-world challenges, which is exactly what we need in our journey towards a post-pandemic future.” he added.

Mugeb AlHarosh  from Yemen came in second place with his Portable Renal Blood Flowmeter, which uses non-invasive biosensors attached to the skin to analyze critical data that can provide a preliminary diagnosis and help identify possible kidney damage. He earned a combined score of 32.5% of the total votes and received $150,000.

Qatar’s Mohammed Al-Qassabi secured the third-place prize of $100,000 with a total vote percentage of 20.4% for his invention, the Football Offside Detection System, which utilizes band tags embedded inside players’ uniforms and the ball to correctly identify offside violations during matches.

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