Hotdesking available at the new Salford MadLabWednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re moving into our new Salford Venue next week where we’ll have lots of desk space available for hire. If you’re interested in hot desking with us in our new space, get in touch via

We’ll be offering desks at £90pcm on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’d like to visit the space to have a look first, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange a date to show you around.

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P.S We’re counting on you to use your imagination to picture the missing desks we’ll be putting in when we arrive!



The MadLab 2014 Survey – What we’ve learnt so far!Friday, September 5th, 2014

The MadLab survey is underway! If you have a spare few minutes, please take it here and help shape our future direction.We’ve had several hundred responses so far. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part.
We thought you might like to hear about some of the early trends that are emerging. Here are some of the highlights:
  • About a third of you are from Manchester, 15% of you live in Stockport and another 15% in Salford, with Bolton, Bury and Trafford all on 10%. We’ve got users from across all areas of the Greater Manchester region – and a strong showing from West Yorkshire, East Cheshire and South Lancashire.
  • 30% of MadLab’s users are women
  • On average, people spend 3-4 hours at MadLab every month
  • 25% of respondents have volunteered or do volunteer. Of the 75% that haven’t, half of you would volunteer 4-5 hours a month, given the right project (this is amazing!)
  • 45% of you have gone on to further learning as a result of coming to MadLab, and over 40% have gone on to share things you’ve learnt at MadLab with other people
  • 15% of you have gone on to get a job or a promotion as a direct result of the formal or informal training you’ve had at MadLab

We’ll keep you updated as more info comes in.

Have a great Friday.



MegaMenger – lend us your hands!Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

In October, Manchester Science Festival is taking part in the MegaMenger distributed fractal building project. For more information about the project, please visit We’re building a huge fractal using over 1,000,000 business cards, using a simple folding method that doesn’t involve tape or glue.

Do you have a small army (or even 2-3 people) of folders that would like to be part of this build? We’re looking for people willing to come along and help on the day, as well as schools, offices and community groups prepared to build cube parts and bring them to be joined into the main build. We’ll have a list on the website of all the teams that have helped us build, and you’ll become part of a huge international project. Please contact us if you’re interested!

Katie Steckles
Manchester Organiser



An update from Bokeh Yeah!Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Hi All,

Thanks again to those who attended the last session on investigative journalism.

Here are the links that we promised to share:

Peter’s controversial film, Dead in the Water, is particularly relevant to those of you partaking in the Pararchive Challenge as it makes excellent use of bbc archive footage:

Also, the TED talk that was highlighted as a fine example of how you don’t necessarily need to use sophisticated film techniques in order to produce engaging content for the web

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the session, we shall be releasing a video of the talk at some point soon.

Coming up during our next Bokeh Yeah! session: Fiona Philips from Leeds University will be hosting a seminar on the ins and outs of copyright clearance.

The Bokeh Yeah! Team