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How you can help U18

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MadLab U18 would not be able to do the work it has been able to so far without some very generous benefactors who have: covered catering for meet-ups, donated developer staff to help young people troubleshoot issues with their code, provided bursaries for MadLab courses, given talks, donated equipment and given us money to keep the bills paid!
Glue Everywhere
In order to keep providing accessible IT learning, MadLab U18 appreciates donations and support of any kind including…

We need the following:

Act as mentors – are you skilled in a programming language? Do you want to share this skill with up to 35 eager young minds?
Support in other ways – can you wash up, get lunch, take the YRS kids to Birmingham or write for the website and Twitter feed?

DONATIONS such as …
Cool new tech kit (things like microcomputers, LEDs, workshop tools), badges, USB sticks, T-shirts, snacks, bottled water, new (or newish) laptops. During August, it costs us £250 a day to feed all the YRS kids and mentors – can you donate cash to feed everyone for a day?

We need to get about 35 kids and 15 Mentors and helpers to Birmingham’s Custard Factory on August 9 and back to Manchester on August 11. Can you help cover coach or train costs?

It costs £300 a day to keep MadLab open. We’re not funded by anyone and rely on grants. We’re a self-funded enterprise and rely on people’s good will (and we’re ever so grateful for it).
Mollyanne playing with her oomlout prize
In return, you could…

  • Have your logo appear at our events
  • Appear on the local centre page on YRS
  • Receive public acknowledgement and thanks
  • Enjoy a brilliant local PR opportunity

Please contact office@madlab.org.uk if you’d like to help

What’s on U18

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Coder Dojo

Are you under eighteen? Do you know about programming or are keen to learn and give it a go? If so, CoderDojo might be for you!

Learn how to code – or if you already can – improve your skills. Build cool stuff – games, websites, apps and more – while meeting other people who love the same things you do. All you need to bring is a laptop and your enthusiasm to code!

CoderDojo is a worldwide network of young programmers and hackers, with over 100 dojos all over the world, from Cape Town, South Africa to Silicon Valley, California.

MadLab’s CoderDojo was launched in December 2012. It’s a monthly group that focuses on programming technologies and takes the form of practical sessions, short talks and meetings. Average attendance has been around 60 and the events have earned consistently excellent feedback from participants, particularly for its success in providing an encouraging space for young girls to get into coding.

Next Coder Dojo dates: various

Young Rewired State 2013

We’re delighted to have hosted YRS for the fourth consecutive year – we’re its biggest UK centre and have been involved since the very beginning. YRS is a hack week that aims to support young developers and coders in using public data to build apps, websites and anything else that people may use and is a great way to get teenagers involved. This year we joined forces with the BBC to provide two YRS centres in Greater Manchester.

Check out this video to see how Manchester did at YRS 2013!

Young Rewired State 2013 at Manchester Digital Laboratory from Prohyena on Vimeo.

About MadLab U18

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MadLab U18 was launched in 2012. Here’s some of the things we’ve been up to since then:

  • MadLab is a partner organisation in Nesta’s “Make Things Do Stuff” programme
  • We write a weekly column in the Manchester Evening News about digital technology, focusing on how young people can get involved
  • The Ideas Foundation and MadLab are working on a groundbreaking pilot project, investigating new ways of bringing tech into the classroom. We’re working with three high schools in Greater Manchester, doing things like making mini POVs, light and line-following robots and learning about Arduino
  • We’re also working with schools and youth clubs to run fun digital workshopsBehold!
  • We got Manchester City Council to agree to engage over 100 young people as part of Young Rewired State 2013 and are helping the council achieve its aim of having Code Clubs in 25% of local primary schools by the end of next year
  • MadLab U18 has been a key presence at discussions related to the seeding of initiatives in Manchester like the Code Club movement, a national movement of volunteer-led after school clubs for children aged 9-11
  • We hosted two half-term events for children to learn about coding under the guidance of MadLab like Mike Little (co-founder of WordPress) and DJ Adams (SAP). This was funded by Microsoft Communities/ TechSoup Global (who visited MadLab in June 2012)YRS2012 at MadLab
  • In December 2012, we held the regional launch for Nesta, the Nominet Trust and Mozilla’s new Digital Makers programme and fund, a programme to encourage and enable a generation of young people to create rather than simply consume technology.
  • During Manchester Science Festival 2012 we ran a Robot Hackday where children of all ages transformed their unwanted toys into brilliant robotsA multitude of robots

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 02-05-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Sign up here






This will be a meeting of the North West Techinical Communicators group to discuss our plans for the following year or so. If you are interested in technical communication, information design, technical editing etc and would like to be involved then come along.

We are looking for volunteers to speak on subjects covering the whole range of technical communication, as well as people who are willing to offer up some of their time to help run the group.

In the past we have had sessions on DITA-XML, Usability, Software Tool demos, Confernce Reviews, The Future of Tech Comms, Psychology, and many more.

Fashion Hackers

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Fashion Hackers

Title: Fashion Hackers
Location: MadLab
Description: The Fashion Hackers are a group of crafty individuals who knit, sew, make and remake fashionable one-of-a-kind pieces to sell to raise money for Oxfam. Come along to get involved and show off your skills or learn new ones
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-08-25
End Time: 21:00