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It’s Young Rewired State time again!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Manchester YRS group 2013

 

Once again, it time for us to host a weeklong event for young people to come together and make apps, websites and programmes out of open data: Young Rewired State.

 

This summer will be our fourth year as a YRS host centre.  From our band of ten young coders in 2009, we have grown to host over 30 for a week of open data hacking at MadLab.  In fact, this year, we’ve also got centres with the BBC at MediaCity, and at Oldham College.  We anticipate up to 100 young people will take part in YRS around Greater Manchester this summer – that’s 10% of the national figure!

 

After YRS 2012, we were keen to maintain the momentum we’d created as the largest national centre. So since then we’ve hosted monthly events at MadLab and other venues such as The Sharp Project and Hyper Island, attended by around 40 young people each time. We’ve also supported the growth of Code Clubs in primary schools and other venues in the region.  There’s a growing appetite from young people, parents and business to get involved and learn about coding outside of school.

 

We consider YRS as the highlight in our annual calendar of events aimed at under 18s. And this year it will be bigger and better than ever!

 

To help make this happen, we’re asking the wider community for help. There are a number of ways which you can contribute –  we’d be very grateful if you could.

 

- Mentor

Can you give up some time between 5-9th August to help YRS participants? It could be backend stuff, data wrangling, front end or even user testing? If so, sign up here to register as a mentor. It’s a busy week, as teams prepare their projects for the national Show & Tell in Birmingham…

 

- Participants

We’ve still spaces at MediaCity and Oldham College.  Do you know anyone under 18 with an interest in coding that might want to take part?

 

- Sponsors

We can’t do any of this without the generous input from the community.  Cash, food, goodies and kit are always welcome.

 

YRS is always an amazing week, especially here in Manchester.  Please let us know if you can help! Contact office@madlab.org.uk.

Spaceship Unbound reviews

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Spaceship Unbound, the current exhibition at Castlefield Gallery landed on the 21st June.
Spaceship Unbound preview
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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy review

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Last weekend we ran our first taxidermy workshop. Here’s Manchester Confidential’s David Blake account of mouse stuffing:

musical mouse

WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

EVERY now and then we stumble across something so curious, so intriguing and just so batty that we can’t resist popping along with a camera, sticking our nose in and getting our hands dirty. This time around it was skinning and stuffing mice– little white ones. N’aww.

Now, heading to a class in taxidermy, you expect to find a bunch of fairly odd folk, you know, like Barry from Dinner for Schmucks or maybe Hannibal Lecter types. Someone that looks like they’d enjoy skinning things essentially.

But before you start (and you were going to) all the mice are sourced from reptile feed stockists, so they’re dead anyway and have been bred in order to feed the likes of snakes, lizards, birds called Kes and John Prescott. (more…)

Spaceship Unbound exhibition at Castlefield Gallery

Monday, June 10th, 2013

21 June 2013 — 28 July 2013

Co-curated between MadLab and Castlefield Gallery, Spaceship Unbound uses Margaret Atwood’s seminal post apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point exploring the issues of survival in a world turned back to year zero. The project includes contributions from the artists and collectives, Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective (GameJam, The Larks, Manchester SpecFic) Hackspace Manchester, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech and Volkov Commanders (Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn and Anna Beam). Their works explore survivalist culture and creation mythology, through story telling, writing, gaming, performance and sculpture.

Volkov Commanders, Moon Camp, 2012

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In The Mix – Updates

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

News Flash – Super Furry Animal at MadLab!!

Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals), who will be performing at the Whitworth Art Gallery during the In The Mix social will also be around at MadLab on the first hack day (Saturday)!

Huw has been producing soundscapes for each of the University of Manchester’s cultural resources. These soundscapes are made up of recordings of everyday found sounds within each respective institution. He’s happy to talk to people and excited to see what people might do with the data. What a fantastic opportunity!

Are you In The Mix?

Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes?
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