BL Labs Awards (2015): winners and runners up

The BL Labs Awards, introduced in 2015, recognises outstanding and innovative work that has used the British Library's digital collections and data in exciting and innovative ways.

BL Labs Research Award (2015)

BL Labs Entrepreneurial Award (2015)

  • Winner: Redesigning Alice, by Dina Malkova. The project involved the production of a range of bow ties and other gift products inspired by the incredible illustrations from a digitised British Library original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll. The items were sold through the Etsy platform and in the Alice Pop up shop at the British Library, London.
  • Runner up: British Library “Library Wall”, by Sara Wingate-Gray and Kate Lomax of Artefacto. The project involved the creation of an installation/poster resembling a bookcase, which has a curated collection of texts from the British Library's 19th century books collection that can be accessed through pointing “smart” mobile devices at the 'Wall'.

BL Labs Creative / Artistic Award (2015)

  • Winner: The Order of Things, by Mario Klingemann. The project involved the use of semi-automated image classification and machine learning techniques in order to add meaningful tags to the British Library’s one million Flickr Commons images. It also involved the creation of thematic collections and new works of art using the images.
  • Runner up: Nix, by the Gothulus Rift team. Nix was also the winner of the Off the Map: Gothic Competition in 2014 and the project involved the use of a Gothic inspired collection of digital assets from the British Library to develop a digital game.

Jury's Special Mention Award (2015)


Many other inspiring and innovative projects using the British Library's digital content and collections have also been entered in the BL Labs Awards and/or have involved collaborations with BL Labs.