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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!

Happy March from MadLab Courses!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
MadLab Courses

MadLab Courses

Fancy learning WordPress, how to write a short story, the first step you need to create a robot army or the best way to stuff a bird? We can help.

MadLab has been running courses since 2010 and our thinking is simple – get the best tutors in, teach the most up-to-date courses and don’t charge silly money. All the income from our courses goes back into running the community space – so by coming on our courses, you’re also supporting a good cause. Well done you!


Longsight Library Takeover – this Saturday!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

On Saturday, the MadLab team are heading over to Longsight Library to host a day of making, coding and creating. Primarily aimed at women and girls, MadLab will be teaming up with Manchester Girl Geeks to showcase a range of fun tech and science-themed activities.

Resident DIY biologists Noah Most and Asa Calow will show you how to extract DNA from strawberries, create yeast balloons and make ricotta cheese from milk and lemons! Visitors will also be able to create their own ‘Brushbots’ (mini robots) and take part in workshops from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to making banana pianos.



The day will be a real hands-on experience and a fun introduction to the world of science and maker technologies. No prior skills are required and the event is open to all ages. All you need is a little bit of curiosity – the MadLab team are on hand to provide everything else.

The Longsight Library Takeover will take place this Saturday 15th Feb at Longsight Library from 10am-4pm.  Visitors are welcome to pop in and join in at any point throughout the day. If you miss that date, we’ll be doing it all again on the 22nd Feb!

See you there!

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MadLab in Space!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Last year we set ourselves a challenge for MadLab in 2014 – to boldly go where no other city has been before and launch our very own civic space programme. Now, thanks to a micro-grant from the UK Space Agency our childhood dream of space exploration is being fully realised.

Space dog

Going into space might sound overly ambitious for an organisation like ours, and certainly until a few years ago that was very much the case. However, in 2014 thanks to the dreamers and plucky underdogs quietly toiling away in sheds and garages worldwide (and of which we at MadLab wholly approve) those ambitions have been brought within our reach.

Next month sees the UK launch its first cubesat into orbit, carrying school projects and more into space for the first time. Meanwhile, dedicated amateurs have figured out how to take incredible photos showing the curvature of the earth – attaching a camera and a GPS device to a weather balloon and chasing it across the country until it bursts. These are just two examples but there are plenty of others, from hobbyists doing near-space rocketry to DIY satellites and lots more besides.

Our civic space programme then is somewhat unlike its national counterpart. There are the obvious differences of course – number of zeros in the budget (ours: fewer), number of trained astronauts (none) – but the most important difference of all is that MadLab’s space programme is open for anyone of any age to get involved. Starting on the 27th of February (more info coming soon), we’ll be holding regular events at the MadLab with talks and discussion as well as the chance to get our hands dirty building a balloon-powered satellite. For anyone with an interest in space we’d love to hear from you, either through the website or social media (@madlabuk on both Facebook and Twitter). Alternatively, just keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming launch party.

UPDATE: 27th February is the date! 7pm until 9pm, more info here.