If there’s nothing that irritates you more than a stub article on Wikipedia, you might be pleased to know that the Manchester Girl Geeks were on the case, with a whole day dedicated to learning how to edit Wikipedia and improve articles on female scientists, engineers and fellow girl geeks of the past.
Do you work with bright young kids? Have you seen them itching to learn and make? Do you want to encourage them to embrace new technologies?
If so, this informal gathering could be for you.
But how can we inspire, involve and support a generation of digital makers?
Manchester Council has teamed up with FutureEverything and OpenDataManchester to give birth to the Manchester Hackathon, hosted at MadLab on the 17th November. Local programmers and software developers worked on new ways to interpret and visualise data provided by the Manchester Council which ranged from data on taxi rank locations to Council tax bands. A wide range of local authorities including NHS Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service donated their data to be used by the participants, all of which is available online here. This is great as by encouraging councils to share their data, they spend less on analysing the data themselves, whilst also engaging members of the public to directly benefit their local communities.
The Kinokophone collective provides a space for field recordists to share interesting sounds recorded from everyday and is open to those outside the entertainment industry to join in and listen to the unique collection and array of sounds on offer. People can come together and enjoy a collective listening experience, from anthropologists to designers to sound artists.
We’re living in interesting times here at MadLab! Following an array of successful events like the DIYBio and Robot Hackday workshops, with an upcoming combined workshop and discussion panel on the 15th November, we’re happy to say that we have been the subject of a featured article by Andrew Black in The H online magazine.
The H is the place to find in-depth coverage of the latest developments in IT, communications and science, featuring well researched and interesting discussions regarding the social and political aspects of developments in these fields. If you’re curious to know more what MadLab is all about, do check out the article to find out more.