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Search Industry Awards

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony took place during Search Solutions at BCS London on 27 November 2018.

Award Winners 2018

  • Best search user experience: EmpathyBroker
  • Most promising start-up: Luigi's Box
  • Best open source project: Anserini (on behalf of the project to Jimmy Lin)
  • Search professional of the year: Anna Brown
  • Best presentation (at Search Solutions 2018): Martin White

Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognise people, projects, and companies that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services. The winners were presented their awards at Search Solutions 2018 in person (in the case of Anna Brown, by representation, and in the case of Anserini over Skype).

Judging Panel

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

Previous Award winners

Winners of the Search Industry Awards 2017

Previoius Award winners

Winners of the Search Industry Awards 2016


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