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Search Industry Awards

We are delighted to announce this year's Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2018. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and organizations that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.

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


This year we are offering three awards:

  • Best search user experience (of a web site, information resource, etc.)
  • Most promising start up (or new enterprise)
  • Best open source project (of all shapes & sizes)
  • Search professional of the year (who is your unsung hero?)
  • Best paper / presentation (at Search Solutions 2018)
The last 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:

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place during Search Solutions at BCS London on 27 November 2018. Winners will receive a framed certificate, bottle of wine, and a public listing on the IRSG Awards site.


We have 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 1 November 2018.

Previous Award winners

Winners of the Search Industry Awards 2017

Previoius Award winners

Winners of the Search Industry Awards 2016


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