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Search Industry Awards

We are delighted to launch this year's Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2016. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group, these award recognize people, projects, and companies that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.

If you know of any companies, individuals, projects, or products that deserve recognition, let us know by submitting a recommendation. Alternatively, if you're involved with something special yourself, you can submit an application today by using this form.


For 2016 we are offering three awards:

  • Best search project
  • Most promising start up
  • Best paper / presentation (at Search Solutions 2016)
The third award is open only to presenters at Search Solutions, and will be judged on the day. For all others, apply today!

Judging Panel

Winners will be selected by our panel of judges. We are grateful to these individuals for lending their expertise to the BCS Search Industry Awards:

  • Charlie Hull (Managing Director, Flax)
  • Helen Lippell (Search and Taxonomy Consultant)
  • Judi Vernau (Director, Metataxis)

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place after Search Solutions at BCS London on November 30th. Winners will receive a framed certificate, bottle of wine, and a public listing on the IRSG Awards site.


We've designed the application process to be simple to complete. If you are unsure which category to apply for, or have questions about the application process, contact us via the address below. Nominations will remain open until 1st November 2016.
The application form is available here:


Winners of the BCS IRSG Search Industry Awards 2016


If you have any questions on the above, please contact Tony Russell-Rose at