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MadLab is hiring!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We’re pleased to announce that thanks to the Creative Employment Programme we are offering a new paid internship starting in July 2014. This six month post is open to those who have been unemployed for six months or more,  are between the age of 18-24, live in Manchester and are currently seeking Job Seekers Allowance.

If you are interested in the post, please send a CV and cover letter to or give us a call at 0161 839 6324 to chat about the role.

Applications will only be considered from people permanently residing within the boundaries of the City of Manchester.  To check that you are resident within the area covered by Manchester City Council, you can see which ward you live in here:

Events and Retail Assistant at MadLab 



Job Specification


  • Assist with community events onsite and occasionally offsite
  • Rig and de-rig events as required
  • Supervise the space during community group usage on Monday and Tuesday evenings
  • Assist with general maintenance of the building as and when required
  • Assist with onsite promotion
  • Support the team with the day to day running of the organisation


  • Run MadLab’s community shop ‘Inventory’ on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Provide customer service to Inventory shoppers
  • Keep the shop and displays clean and tidy at all times
  • Operate the till and accurately handle cash and credit/debit cards
  • Undergo ad-hoc stock takes
  • Assist with the promotion of Inventory online (Twitter, FB etc)
  • Assist in changing displays of shop stock
  • Maintain vigilance at all times to minimise stock loss


  • To support the team on all MadLab related activities and provide assistance where required


As MadLab run a variety of courses we are able to provide WordPress and Arduino training for the successful candidate with a view to providing more training as the role progresses.


Monday-Tuesday 1pm-9pm

Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Above are the regular working hours for the post however you may occasionally be asked to work additional hours during the week or at the weekend. It is essential that the successful candidate has a flexible attitude to working hours with the willingness to work evenings and weekends where required.

Salary: National Minimum Wage

Duration: Six Months

Person Specification


  • English and Maths GCSE A-C
  • A broadly-based general knowledge with a developed interest in digital technology and/ or science
  • Familiarity with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook
  • Keyboard skills: Excellent IT skills and an understanding of Windows/ Pages
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Excellent spelling and grammar
  • Interns will be required to set-up spaces for workshops which requires light (but frequent) lifting


  • 5 GCSEs A-C
  • Retail Experience
  • Experience of working in a community-space environment (or similar)
  • Interest in new technologies and a desire to learn about them 

Please note that the above job role and person specification is not intended to be prescriptive. If you have an interest in MadLab and what we do and feel you have valuable skills that would add to the organisation we would love to hear from you! We are more than willing to amend the role for the right candidate.

Curry & Coding – 4th June

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Curry & Coding

Coding has become one of the most talked about education topics in recent months, and with the runaway success of platforms such as the Raspberry Pi, and the addition of computing to the curriculum, there is a growing feeling in the tech world that we should be using our computers to create, not just to consume.

If you’re not in school, not sure if programming is for you, or don’t even know what a Raspberry Pi is, fear not. MadLab have teamed up with Longsight Library & Learning Centre to create a visionary combination: Curry & Coding.

By combining one of the nation’s education priorities with one of its favourite dishes, we provide a relaxed, tasty atmosphere in which to learn a bit more about programming. With friendly faces from the MadLab staff and community, excellent local food, and no strict lesson plan, this is the perfect opportunity to tuck into some grub, ask any questions you might have, and get a quick introduction to coding.

At our last session, attendees got crash courses in Ruby and Python, an introduction to web design with HTML and CSS, and a look at artistic, visual-focused languages like Processing.

If you’re intrigued, you can sign up via Eventbrite for free, and we’ll see you on the 4th of June. If you have a laptop please bring one, otherwise just bring your appetite!

by James Medd

Bokeh Yeah! Timeline Poetry Film Event

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Bokeh Yeah! are one of MadLab’s most enterprising and creative meetup groups. They offer a forum for DSLR film makers in the region to work on projects together, share techniques, run workshops, and respond to a variety challenges to create great independent films. Here’s a message from them about a showcase of their latest work, happening at Islington Mill on Thursday 29th May.

Timeline Flyer

An invitation from Bokeh Yeah!:

“Bokeh Yeah! is excited to invite you to an evening of Poetry Films at the Islington Mill, Salford on the 29th of May from 8:30pm. Running as a special programme in this year’s KinoFilm Short Film Festival.

A total of nine poem films were produced as part of the Bokeh Yeah! 2014 Timeline Poem Film Challenge, run in association with Comma Film. The quality of the film making was extremely high this year, and we have already had interest from various festivals for further screenings.

The Islington Mill event will include live readings from the poets involved, as well as an evening of drinks and music from DJ Jucy Lucy until 11:30pm. ”

Find Bokeh Yeah! on Facebook and Twitter

by James Medd

Manchester’s Late Night Laboratory

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

This Thursday MadLab is being transformed by Unit X into ‘The Late Night Laboratory’ an interactive space for all the dreamers, thinkers, doers and makers…


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We’ve been working with a group of Creative Multimedia, Interior Design and Film and Media students to host an exhibition for NQ After Dark, the newest cultural event on the Northern Quarter calendar.

For one night only, MadLab is being transformed into an immersive exhibition that will delight the senses and challenge every-day perceptions. Guests will be guided around the building and encouraged to interact with their surroundings resulting in a visualisation of MadLab’s intricate network of talented community groups.

There will be a showcase space upstairs where groups will be exhibiting what they have been working on providing an exclusive opportunity for the public to see what exciting projects are being undertaken amongst the MadLab community. Think  flashing LED shields, DSLR short films, e-rascals, screaming plants and more!

MadLab staff will be on hand to chat about the space and what we do so if you’re new to the space, or a well known face, we’d love to see you and share the exhibition with you.

Doors open 6pm til late. See you then!

For info on other participating NQ After Dark venues, check out this google map.

Inventory now accepting Bitcoin

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Bitcoins burning a hole in your wallet? Fear not! As of today, our little community shop is accepting the world’s favourite cryptocurrency.

First Bitcoin sale

Ash Moran, and MadLab’s Jo completing the first Bitcoin transaction

Encouraged by Ash Moran, organiser of Bitcoin Manchester, we’ve finally setup a Bitcoin payment system, so you can stock up on Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and more using decentralised dosh.

Ash came in today (pictured above with MadLab’s Jo) and bought some new wire cutters and a Thirsty Plant Kit, ushering in a new era for high street shopping in Manchester.

If you’d like to learn more about Bitcoin, the MadLab-based group is meeting on the 7th of April!