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MadLab Christmas Party

Thursday, November 14th, 2013


Yes! It’s that time of year again, when MadLab invites you to celebrate another fine year of geekery via the medium of fancy dress, mince pies and interpretative dancing.

It’s only the ruddy MadLab Christmas Party 2013!

It’s all happening on Friday 13th December, and the theme this year is Creepy Christmas. Think scary – like spooky snowmen, like Jason sporting a festive jumper, like the Lilly-Allen-does-Keane John Lewis advert (wait, ok, not that scary).

There will be competitions:

A super-duper raffle, with prizes including Trip Glasses from Noisebridge’s Mitch Altman (full list to be announced soon!)

There will be blood:

Do you have fancy moves? Do you know all the words to R-Kelly’s Remix to Ignition? Dare you join the Girl Geek / Pirate Party grudge-match dance-off?

Following a complaint from Manchester City Council last year, we will have even more kegs of locally-produced beer and some lovely mulled cider (courtesy of Moss Cider).

It all kicks off at 6.30pm and goes rapidly west from there.

Omniversity site down for maintenance

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Omniversity website is currently undergoing some very important maintenance. You can still find details of our upcoming courses below. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so via Eventbrite, or by dropping us an email at

Here are the courses we’ve got lined up for the rest of 2013 and beyond:

Advanced WordPress with WP co-founder Mike Little
Thursday 21 – Friday 22 Nov (£300)
If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, you’ll learn advanced techniques over this weekend that will give you a competitive edge. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

Introducing Arduino & Physical Computing with MadLab co-founder Asa Calow
Saturday 23 Nov (£120)
Arduino is the easiest way to make smart electronic devices which interact with the physical world. Your robot army begins here. For functionality, for art, or just for making life more interesting.

Advanced VVVV with Elliot Woods
Thursday 20 – Friday 21 March 2014 (£300)
Once you’ve made a start with VVVV, you won’t want your creativity limited by practical obstacles, so come and take a look at the methods and common patterns of the language. This course will extend your practical knowledge of VVVV, introducing solutions to common scenarios.

Darkness over Britain

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Every year between 2000 and 2008, Cornerhouse held special Halloween screenings of cult British film and TV material under the banner ‘Darkness Over Britain’. On the evening of Saturday 26 October we’ll be reviving this tradition, with a secret screening of a little-seen TV adaption of a dark literary favourite, to be introduced by original Darkness Over Britain programmer Andy Murray.

View event page

Autumn Courses at MadLab

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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've got a brilliant line up this Autumn:

WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading two-day beginners', intermediate and advanced courses.

Dr Sam Bail will be teaching coding newbies how to get to grips with Python.

Laura H Drane is back leading not one, but two Bid Writing sessions.

Award-winning short story publisher Comma Press will be hosting a six-part writing course, led by Anneliese Mackintosh.

We'll be stuffing birds with Shannon Harmon in a two day taxidermy course.

Want to build a robot army? Then your first port of call should be to sign-up to the Arduino & Physical Computing course led by MadLab's Dave Mee.

Kimchi & Chip's Elliot Woods will be back at MadLab to run two VVVV courses.

For more info, and to sign up – visit


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