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

Monday 31 August

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 01 September

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 September

North West Drupal User Group

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

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.
Thursday 03 September

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

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

Life Drawing Manchester

Welcome to Life Drawing Manchester, where all drawers and artists are welcome, from those with no experience to professional artists.
Monday 07 September

NS Manchester

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

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 09 September

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
Thursday 10 September

Eco Home Lab

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

XP Manchester

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

Manchester Space Programme - Build Meeting

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

Life Drawing Manchester

Welcome to Life Drawing Manchester, where all drawers and artists are welcome, from those with no experience to professional artists.
Monday 14 September

Manchester Traders Club

We are a group for amateur investors and traders in Manchester. The idea is to share trade ideas, methods and get together to talk about the stock markets.
Tuesday 15 September

Sci-Fi Book Club - Gemsigns

A book club for science fiction fans. This month we're reading "Gemsigns" by Stephanie Saulter.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Wednesday 16 September

Lean Agile Manchester

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

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.
Thursday 17 September

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.

Life Drawing Manchester

Welcome to Life Drawing Manchester, where all drawers and artists are welcome, from those with no experience to professional artists.

WordPress for Beginners

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.
Monday 21 September

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.
Thursday 24 September

Manchester Space Programme

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

Life Drawing Manchester

Welcome to Life Drawing Manchester, where all drawers and artists are welcome, from those with no experience to professional artists.

Café Scientifique

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

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Monday 28 September

Scala Manchester

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

Short Story Writing Group

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

Arduino Manchester

A meetup for all those interested in the Arduino platform: creatives, designers, programmers, engineers, artists, makers, hackers and inventors!
Wednesday 30 September

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!
Saturday 10 October

Afrofutures_UK

A weekend event celebrating the intersection of futurism and the black experience.
Tuesday 20 October

Sci-Fi Book Club - Station Eleven

A book club for science fiction fans. This month we're reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel.
Thursday 29 October

Café Scientifique

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

WordPress for Beginners

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.
Thursday 15 October

Advanced WordPress

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

This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.
Thursday 12 November

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Thursday 26 November

Advanced WordPress

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

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

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

Sci-Fi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club: Next Round of Books

Posted by Daniel Wells, 5 days ago

Hi Everybody! We hope you are enjoying Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter for our meeting on 15th Sept. We have decided upon our next round of books, as follows: 20th October – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (384 p) 17th November – The Martian by Andy Weir (384 p) 15th December – The Sparrow […]

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FREE Coding & Craft Workshops

Posted by Claire Dodd, 15 days ago

MadLab is running free workshops for children this Summer! YAY! Learn to code using Scratch and Python – or bring along a t-shirt to customise with wearable electronics! Coding Workshops Join us on a coding adventure! Learn how to make your own game using Scratch, or learn Python skills using Code Combat. Choose from a morning session (10am – […]

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Arts & Technology Pilot Programme

Posted by Asa Calow, about 1 month ago

Manufacturing and production are changing; the UK’s digital making movement is established and growing… MadLab has been selected by Innovate UK and Arts Council England (along with Near Now and Makerversity) to deliver a new Arts and Technology pilot programme, a creative practice accelerator, for artists working with new & emerging technologies. Running from January until […]

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Manchester SciFi Book Club: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Posted by Daniel Wells, about 1 month ago

“In this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of the population. Toby is part of a small band of survivors, along with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth. As Toby explains their origins to the curious […]

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Manchester Space Programme: High Altitude Balloon Launch this weekend!

Posted by Asa Calow, 3 months ago

One small step for Manchester… Manchester Space Programme is launching a balloon 35km into space this Sunday, 14th June 2015! Anyone can come along and join in, just get yourself to the launch site – The Hanging Gate Inn nr. Macclesfield – at 11am (or Macclesfield Train Station at 10am if you want a lift, […]

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Welcome to the new MadLab website!

Posted by Team MadLab, 4 months 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, 4 months 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, 5 months 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, 5 months 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 […]