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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Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Sunday 14 February

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 15 February

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.

The 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 16 February

Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes! This workshop takes place at Walkden Library.

Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes! This workshop takes place at Broughton Library.

North West Playtesters Salford

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

North West Drupal User Group - MySQL 5.7 + JSON

PHP North West and North West Drupal User Group are partnering up to bring you a talk from Morgan Tocker on MySQL 5.7 + JSON.

Sci-Fi Book Club - Trading in Danger

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.

Community SpirIT

A friendly group of artists, creatives and cultural producers interested in using digital media in a community context, to give voice and expression to the many different cultures and communities living in the North West today.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Wednesday 17 February

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow - Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug - SOLD OUT!

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow returns this half-term at Middleton Library! Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug is a fun and engaging introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics.

SOLD OUT!

Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes! This workshop takes place at Lower Kersal Library.

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow - Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow returns this half-term at Balderstone Library! Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug is a fun and engaging introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics.

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.

Manchester Werewolf Chapter

Deception, Lies and Paranoia. Werewolf is a social game which you can easily pick up but is impossible to master.
Thursday 18 February

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow - Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow returns this half-term at Milnrow Library! Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug is a fun and engaging introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics.

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow - Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow returns this half-term at Heywood Library! Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug is a fun and engaging introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics.

Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes! This workshop takes place at Swinton Library.

North West Ruby User Group

A group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails.

Python North West

Python North West is a user group for the Python programming language. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

David Li in Conversation

Come and join us for an evening with David Li – founder of China's first hackerspace XinCheJian and Shanghai-based research hub Hacked Matter. Places are limited!

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Friday 19 February

Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug at half-term! - SOLD OUT!

MadLab is running a FREE coding session for children at Ramsbottom Library for the half-term! Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug is a fun and engaging introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics.

SOLD OUT!

Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes! This workshop takes place at Irlam Library.
Saturday 20 February

Manchester Linux User Group

ManLUG is a group of GNU/Linux users from in and around Manchester who meet up regularly to discuss Linux and the GNU operating system.

Introduction to Arduino

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn to get started with your own digital-physical products using Arduino hardware.
Monday 22 February

Emerging technology and future narratives

A group for those interested in the latest trends, prototypes and visions from across the world wide web.
Tuesday 23 February

Manchester Women's Design Group

Manchester Women's Design Group was set up to promote a built environment accessible to all genders.

Northern Assembly of Creative Technologists

NACT looks to embrace diversity and connect with multiple technology platforms to create a generalised forum for people that enjoy using a range of technologies for creative means.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Wednesday 24 February

CiviCRM Day 2016 - North of England

CiviCRM is a web-based contact relationship management (CRM) system. It allows an organisation to record and manage information about the various people and organisations it interacts with.

Etsy Manchester

Bringing the folk of Manchester together to support each other, share crafting secrets, tell each other about craft fairs and meet up for the occasional cuppa tea!

Manchester Magento

Come and share your experiences with Magento with other users and developers. Meet local developers, potential clients, network, trade stories, hints and tips.

The Common Room - Open Jam

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.
Thursday 25 February

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Sunday 28 February

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 29 February

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake is a crochet and knitting group with the aim to get together with like-minded people to crochet, knit, and make new friends.

Drake Music Innovation Lab North

Drake Music are experts in special educational needs and disability (SEND) music delivery and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Sunday 21 February

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn the need-to-know essentials for making your very own Internet of Things project.
Tuesday 01 March

Manchester Bipolar Youth Support Group

A group for people 18-25 who're affected by, or concerned about, bipolar.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

Bokeh Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.
Wednesday 02 March

North West Playtesters

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

MancJS

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 03 March

Manchester InfoSec

A meetup for anyone interested in any side of information security focused on collaboration and sharing knowledge.

Manchester Space Programme – Build Meeting

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Sunday 06 March

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 07 March

Bitcoin Manchester

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

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 08 March

Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug! (International Women's Day 2016)

MadLab is celebrating International Women’s Day 2016 with a day of FREE bite-sized training sessions. Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug will provide an introduction to easy drag-and-drop programming and electronics with CodeBug.

Programming 101 (International Women's Day 2016)

MadLab is celebrating International Women’s Day 2016 with a day of FREE bite-sized training sessions. A whistle-stop tour of everything programming languages can do. This practical session will use Python: a language that is beginner-friendly, but still presents a challenge.

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.

North West Drupal User Group

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

Open Source Writing

Open Source Writing is an artist and technology-led get together which gives an impartial, non-pressured space to get on with writing code, words, music, patterns, poems or anything in a way that promotes new experiences and approaches.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 09 March

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Meteor Manchester User Group

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

Manchester Go

A friendly meetup for people of all abilities, from Go newbies to advanced users.
Thursday 10 March

Eco Home Lab

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

XP Manchester

XP Manchester is a language agnostic software development user group with the prime directive of making software developers work smarter.

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Advanced WordPress

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

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you.
Sunday 13 March

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 14 March

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

Manchester Traders Club

We are a group of 100+ like-minded financial market traders regularly meeting in Manchester to share strategies, trade ideas, trade setups, psychology and market experiences.
Tuesday 15 March

North West Playtesters Salford

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

Manchester Free Software

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

Sci-Fi Book Club - Lexicon

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.

Community SpirIT

A friendly group of artists, creatives and cultural producers interested in using digital media in a community context, to give voice and expression to the many different cultures and communities living in the North West today.
Wednesday 16 March

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.

Manchester Werewolf Chapter

Deception, Lies and Paranoia. Werewolf is a social game which you can easily pick up but is impossible to master.
Thursday 17 March

North West Ruby User Group

A group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails.

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Python North West

Python North West is a user group for the Python programming language. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!
Friday 18 March

Comma Press - Thought X

Comma Press are delighted to showcase their brilliant new science-into-fiction anthology, Thought X.
Sunday 20 March

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 21 March

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.

The 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 22 March

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Sunday 27 March

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 28 March

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 29 March

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake is a crochet and knitting group with the aim to get together with like-minded people to crochet, knit, and make new friends.

Northern Assembly of Creative Technologists

NACT looks to embrace diversity and connect with multiple technology platforms to create a generalised forum for people that enjoy using a range of technologies for creative means.
Wednesday 30 March

Etsy Manchester

Bringing the folk of Manchester together to support each other, share crafting secrets, tell each other about craft fairs and meet up for the occasional cuppa tea!
Thursday 31 March

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Build your first website with WordPress

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

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.
Friday 08 April

CoinFest UK

Manchester-based CryptoBatesGroup is hosting the country's first CoinFest, providing a hub for Bitcoin enthusiasts and businesses.
Saturday 09 April

CoinFest UK

Manchester-based CryptoBatesGroup is hosting the country's first CoinFest, providing a hub for Bitcoin enthusiasts and businesses.
Tuesday 12 April

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Monday 18 April

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.
Tuesday 19 April

Sci-Fi Book Club - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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.
Saturday 02 April

Introduction to Arduino

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn to get started with your own digital-physical products using Arduino hardware.
Sunday 03 April

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn the need-to-know essentials for making your very own Internet of Things project.
Thursday 14 April

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Thursday 05 May

Advanced WordPress

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

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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FREE bite-sized training sessions for International Women’s Day 2016!

Posted by Jake Causier, 6 days ago

MadLab is celebrating International Women’s Day 2016 with a day of FREE bite-sized training sessions. Come along and learn a new skill, find out about further training and get advice from MadLab staff and industry professionals on getting a career in the technology sector.

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Research, Policy and Shaping the Maker Landscape

Posted by Claire Dodd, 6 days ago

At MadLab, we have a history of participating in public debate, and in helping to shape policy. Read on to see what we’ve participated in and upcoming events.

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FREE WORKSHOPS: Get the Bug for Coding with CodeBug!

Posted by Claire Dodd, 6 days ago

MadLab’s Coding Roadshow returns this half-term! February half-term sees the return of our Coding Roadshow extravaganza. This time, we’re heading to Rochdale with four FREE children’s workshops.

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David Li in Conversation

Posted by Jake Causier, 8 days ago

Come and join us for an evening with David Li – founder of China’s first hackerspace XinCheJian and Shanghai-based research hub Hacked Matter. Places are limited!

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Revolutions – an anthology of short stories by Manchester Speculative Fiction

Posted by Jake Causier, 9 days ago

  Manchester Speculative Fiction, who meet twice a month at MadLab, have recently published an anthology of short stories called Revolutions. The book features science-fiction, horror, dystopian and just plain weird short stories with one thing in common – they’re all set in Manchester, England.

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What’s Up February?

Posted by Jake Causier, 11 days ago

Welcome back! We’ve hitting the ground running in 2016, read on to see what we’ve been up to and more!

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MadLab Courses Newsletter – February 2016

Posted by Jake Causier, 13 days ago

We’ve some fantastic courses coming your way in the first few months of 2016! Read on for details about WordPress, Arduino and Internet of Things courses. This newsletter was sent subscribers of our MadLab Courses mailing list.

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Manchester SciFi Book Club: Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon

Posted by Daniel Wells, 13 days ago

“Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, and her father’s only child to buck tradition by choosing a military career instead of joining the family business. For Ky, it’s no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can’t hold a candle to shipping out as an officer […]

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Bring a monster to life this half-term!

Posted by Jake Causier, 16 days ago

This February half-term, MadLab are teaming up with Stitched Up to bring soft circuit workshops to Salford. Bring along a t-shirt to upcycle with a monster pattern then watch it come to life with light-up LED eyes!