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An afternoon of tea, cakes and oral history

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

History as they say is written by the winners and all too often not by the people who actually helped make it happen. This is why it’s become increasingly important for oral history to be recognised as a viable source of untold stories and perspectives that would otherwise be lost over time.

An afternoon of memories and cake!

An afternoon of memories and cake!

Our first Oral History event took place on 27th March

where a group of us fought the cold to come together and recollect how our beloved Northern Quarter has changed over the years. Some of us had only been in Manchester for six months, others for decades but we all had some unique story to tell, some unique fact that no one else would have known.


Easter with the Gorilla Kabaret

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Forget chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, Easter weekend took a different turn at the MadLab when the Gorilla Kabaret came into town!

‘Do well with nothing, do better with little and do it now’ is the motto for Filmonik, an open platform for Independent filmmakers of the North West where filmmakers are faced with the challenge of making a film less than 10 minutes long to show at one of the bi-monthly sessions. The Gorilla Kabaret, however, takes it to the extreme.

Bereft of what the faint hearted might consider necessities – useful things like equipment and an adequate work space – at the Kabaret there is nothing pre-planned and equipment and props are not a given. It’s up to the filmmakers themselves to make the most of their many talents.


For three days a motley crew of directors, writers, actors and other creative types got together and turned the MadLab into a mini film studio in the quest to produce that extra special piece of cinematic goodness. Whether it be a connoisseur’s guide to eating Gregg’s pasties or a painful glimpse into a failed audition, it’s safe to say that the challenge was well met, resulting in an array of films ranging from the truly bizarre to the truly beautiful.

The short films were shown at the screening on Sunday, but can still be found on the vimeo site. For more information, contact the Filmonik group here.

Amy’s Game of Life

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

100_1672It’s a huge privilege for us to see so many people come together at MadLab, learning new skills and finding whole new areas of interests through the many and varied groups that meet here. This certainly holds true in the case of Amy Mather, who stunned us all with her humanitarian ‘Wood Street Mission App‘ that earned her a special mention at last years’ Young Rewired State, a nationwide coding event where under-18s are encouraged to get together and produce apps and new software for the benefit of their community.

Since then she has gone on from strength to strength, getting more involved with the Raspberry Pi through the Raspberry Jam sessions held here at MadLab (the next meet up will be on 13th April if you feel inspired to have a go!) and presenting at conferences and events like the Manchester Girl Geek’s BarCamp (check out #bracamp on twitter for more information). Here is an account about her talk at the Raspberry Jamboree:


Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


On Saturday 16th March, MadLab hosted the Girl Geek BarCamp during which a wide array of clever and inventive Girl Geeks from around the North West came together to share ideas, give inspiring talks and socialise over delicious cake. Here is what Zoe B had to say about it:


Manchester Girl Geeks had a brilliant time hosting our first ever BarCamp (or if you spotted our cheeky hashtag - #bracamp).

More than 60 people took part in our unconference style event where speakers get to pick a time and room for their session when they arrive. They can talk about any topic so long as it’s something they’re passionate about.

Across our upstairs (Balcony) and downstairs (Plunge) rooms, there were 18 talks spanning everything from hacking your job, learning programming, e-textiles, using search marketing, window gardens, big pharma and what you can do with a Raspberry Pi.


More Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp on the web

Massive thanks to all our sponsors – Thoughtworks, Team Prime, Sharpe Recruitment and TechHub Manchester, and to Manchester City Council for supporting this event as part of International Women’s Day 2013.


-Blog post courtesy of Manchester Girl Geek dinners

Geek Fun Fair Review

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Hoop-La! The circus has come to town!

Thursday 28th February saw Manchester’s geeks crawl from behind their computer screens, in order to network at Madlab’s Geek Fun Fair. The entire evening was circus themed, with traditional fair ground games geek-afied, food and drink wittingly renamed, all to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere to network with like minded people.

Geek Fun Fair