Search Mastery Speaker Series: The Mojeek Search Engine – An Alternative in Web Search ft. Colin Hayhurst

Event Start Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 11:00 am

Event End Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Location: Virtual EST, Registration Required

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Colin Hayhurst

Many of the options when it comes to publicly available search engines are proxies for either Microsoft’s Bing or Alphabet’s Google, so it can sometimes feel like crawling the open web is becoming a lost art. Fortunately there are smaller companies out there, such as Mojeek, who still believe that it is valuable to have alternative indexes. Mojeek is a small, UK-based company incorporated in 2009 and undertaking this indexing challenge since 2004. Mojeek was also the first search engine in the world to implement a non-tracking privacy policy after the founder discovered sensitive medical queries were being inputted by some of Mojeek’s users. We will share the story about how a small team has taken the unusual step of full independence to provide a true alternative in web search.

Speaker Bio: Colin Hayhurst is the Chief Executive Officer of Mojeek Limited, a fully remote company with its roots in the UK. He heads up a dynamic team who are working hard to ensure that there is a true choice in search independent of Big TechColin has a vast array of entrepreneurial experience within the tech world, with proven commercial and technical experience in startups, academia and industry. He has been a co-founding CEO or CTO of three startups in high-performance computing, web-infrastructure and machine learning respectively. His international business experience is predominantly in the UK, Europe and USA, including the Y Combinator 2012 summer cohort.

What is the Search Mastery Interest Group? Search Mastery refers to the ability to effectively search for information online and to make use of search terms, operators, tools, and specialized search engines to adjust a search based on one’s information needs. Further, search mastery encompasses the ability to effectively evaluate information that results from a search– including scanning and selecting from results as they appear on a search engine results page and evaluating a webpage once it is opened. The Search Mastery Interest Group is committed to leadership in the advancement of search literacy as a high-priority component of a information literacy education.


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