Manchester Digital Laboratory is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester, UK.

36-40 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
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+44 (0)161 839 6324

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Tuesday 05 May

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Wednesday 06 May

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Thursday 07 May

Bokeh_Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Monday 11 May

Bitcoin Manchester

A meetup for Bitcoin users, miners, buyers, sellers or anyone else otherwise interested in Bitcoin in the North West.
Tuesday 12 May

Manchester Jewellers Network

A forum for emerging jewellers to develop and show new work, and an incentive for established contemporary jewellers to extend their ranges and take on fresh challenges.
Wednesday 13 May

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.

Meteor Manchester

Meteor (AKA MeteorJS) is an open-source real-time Javascript web application framework built on top of node.js
Thursday 14 May

XP Manchester

A regional group with the goal of promoting, discussing, practising, learning and generally showing an interest in eXtreme Programming.

Eco Home Lab

We use open-source hardware and software to better understand our homes and how they work.

Intermediate WordPress - SOLD OUT

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Monday 18 May

Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.

Android Manchester

A monthly social get together for Android devotees and interestees – to learn, share knowledge & expertise, and ask questions of fellow 'droids.
Tuesday 19 May

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

Manchester SciFi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have read any SciFi before to come along.
Wednesday 20 May

Manchester Wordpress User Group

A group of people from in and around Manchester, UK, who use the open source web publishing software WordPress to blog, design and develop websites.

Lean Agile Manchester

Lean Agile Manchester is intended to be the home of Lean (Kanban), Agile community in Manchester and surrounding areas.
Monday 25 May

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Thursday 18 June

Advanced WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.
Saturday 04 July

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Morning Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Antropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Afternoon Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.
Sunday 05 July

Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy: Evening Session

with Margot Magpie

Learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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Welcome to the new MadLab website!

Posted by Team MadLab, 15 days ago

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is – our new website. The last one has seen us well, but we figured that (much like MadLab’s Edge Street HQ) it was long overdue for a revamp. It’s still very much in beta stage, and we’ll be tweaking and adding to it over the […]

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HQ Update, Spring Edition

Posted by Team MadLab, 15 days ago

Refurb on the home straight; new Makers’ Workshop; additions to the MadLab core team. Spring has sprung, and there have been lots of super exciting developments lately at our Northern Quarter HQ. The refurb is nearing completion, plus we’ve  been green-lit for a new digital making facility, with lots of shiny new hardware (including a […]

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The Open Data Challenge Series

Posted by Rachael Turner, about 1 month ago

The Open Data Challenge Series run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute is pleased to bring the forthcoming Jobs Challenge to the city of Manchester in April 2015. They will be hosting the Creation Weekend in Manchester on 25/26 April which will be an opportunity for invited teams to come together and develop/pitch their […]

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Digital Skills for Women 2015

Posted by Asa Calow, about 1 month ago

Following on from last year’s hugely successful Digital Skills for Women training in libraries across Manchester, we’re back once again – bigger and better than ever! This time around we’re running twenty free 2-day workshops, covering four topics, for unemployed women across Greater Manchester – everything from the basic skills which are essential to today’s workplace […]

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SciFi Book Club Reading List – Spring/Summer 2015

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

For all you Science Fiction fans, here is our next round of books for Manchester SciFi Book Club… 17th Mar – World War Z by Max Brooks (342 pages) 21st Apr – Time’s Eye by Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter (384 pages) 19th May – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K […]

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Sunday Code Club Salford – Term Dates & Twitter A/C

Posted by Rachael Turner, 3 months ago

Term Dates for February/March. To confirm, the first club will start at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel St) on the 15th February from 2-3pm. We’ll be taking the following week off (22nd), and thereafter we’ll follow term times. I’ve set up a google calendar link for all the spring term events, but currently you’ll need to […]

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Manchester SciFi Book Club: Next Round of Books

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 months ago

Hi Everybody! In our latest vote there were two definite favourites followed by six books tied in third place. So we have scheduled the top two and will leave voting open for a bit longer to see if any more favourites emerge! Our next books are: 17th March – World War Z by Max Brooks […]

Salford Code Clubs: UPDATE

Posted by Rachael Turner, 4 months ago

From Sunday 15th February, MadLab will be running Code Clubs in Salford, from our new public venue on Chapel Street. The clubs will give Salford children their first introduction to programming, by teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills. The taught languages will progress through Scratch (a visual, block based […]

Christmas Tree Workshop at FACT

Posted by Jake Causier, 5 months ago

This past weekend has been quite a festive and creative one! Three of our staff were invited to FACT in Liverpool to run a workshop throughout the day to make some Christmas Trees using basic electric components and soldering. Lots of people came along eager to get their hands on making one, both kids and […]

Code Clubs at MadLab

Posted by Rachael Turner, 5 months ago

Volunteer Opportunities! MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area. Come along and find out more from 6pm on: December 10th […]