Selection Criteria

1 — Pre-Selection:

We are expecting a large pool of applications this year, and for that reason we will conduct a pre-screening process and remove all the applications that don't meet the requirements. Please take your time and fill the application form carefully, any mistake might disqualify you during this process.

2 — Jury Selection:

A jury of 4 selected unbiased Moroccan scientists and science communicators will carefully review and evaluate the applications against the following criteria:

  • Scientific content
  • Language proficiency
  • Topic choice
  • Clarity
  • Delivery
  • Creative content
The top 40 videos, as decided by the Jury’s evaluation, will be moved to the Semi-Finals

3 — Peer-review:

Once the Jury selects the 40 semi-finalists, each of them will be requested to participate in the Peer-Review process.
If you’re a semi-finalist you must review and evaluate 5 of your fellow semi-finalists videos based on the same criteria as above.
You’ll receive your login details (Email/Password) to the evaluation platform after the Jury’s selection. If you don’t receive this email please make sure to check your spam folder and add the email domain ‘’ to your safe senders list.

4 — Public vote:

In parallel with the Peer-Review process, the online voting will be open on the website and will also contribute towards the final score of each video. There will be a 20-day period of open voting for these videos on the website.

5 — The final score and Finalists:

The Final Score, which will be used to decide the 24 Finalists, is calculated with the following considerations:

  • 50% is based on the Jury’s evaluations.
  • 25% is based on the Peer-Review evaluations.
  • 25% is based on the online voting: How the participants stands out in comparison to the average votes number of the 40 Semi-Finalists.
The top 24 Semi-Finalists, as decided by the final score, will be named Finalists

6 — The Interviews:

The 24 Finalists will be interviewed in-person at the US Embassy in Rabat to select the 12 winners.


This year’s edition gives the chance to each semi-finalist to actively participate in the selection process. This will be in the form of giving a chance to each participant to peer-review 5 of their peer’s applications.

Once your application is selected by the Jury as one of the 40 semi-finalists, you will be required to participate in this process. You must provide feedback on 5 other applications by April 29th at 11:00 AM GMT+1 (Casablanca Time), in order to fulfill this requirement

The 40 semi-Finalists will receive an email with more details from our team.


Prof. Rachid GUERRAOUI

Professor Rachid Guerraoui is the head of Distributed Programming Laboratory LPD in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL. He was one of only two laureates of the prestigious Google Focused Award in Europe in 2013. His research is devoted to concurrent and distributed computing, from multiprocessors to wide-area networks. He initiated an education project ( to build a library of scientific e-synopsises.

Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Dr. Racha El Kadiri currently works at Middle Tennessee State University as an assistant Professor. She got her PhD at Western Michigan University, in 2014. Her field of expertise is hydrology and water-related natural hazards. Her research interests include geo-engineering, remote sensing, GIS, environmental modeling, and data mining applications. She published several papers in refereed scientific journals including Remote Sensing Journal, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, and Surveys in Geophysics Journal.

Dr. Lahoucine ATOURKI

Dr. Lahoucine Atourki is a researcher in material science. He got a PhD degree in Physics. He is working on the growth and characterization of nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage at Ibn Zohr university and polytechnic university of Valencia. Lahoucine published many papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a science communicator; with more than 130 articles published for the Scientific Morocco initiative. Lahoucine is directing the school of science project implemented by Scientific Morocco.


Najib is a Moroccan Science communicator, 2016's Web "Personality of the Year" and IT consultant. He was fascinated by the universe and astronomy since his childhood. « The stars attract you naturally. Since that time, the fascination and interest in the universe have never left me » he recalls. Najib will later study maths and sciences, obtain a degree in Telecoms from ENSTB school in France and work as an IT innovation consultant working with clients in over a dozen countries. Najib makes pop science videos in Moroccan on Youtube and blogs on his Facebook page about science.

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