We’d like to thank our commercial sponsors – each and every one of them have like-minded people who share our goals and vision and are supporting this community project with equipment, time, and resources. On behalf of all our community, we’d like to thank them for their generosity and understanding.

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.To find out more about Wellcome Trust, visit: www.wellcome.ac.uk.
Our mission as BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is to enable the information society. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. We bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.To find out more about BCS, visit: www.bcs.org.
BigV is the flexible cloud hosting service from Bytemark. The rather awesome Bytemark, who describe themselves as ‘the nerd hosting outfit of choice’, have been longtime supporters of MadLab, and plenty of other community and open source projects besides. Give BigV a try next time you’re building something new!



Fred Aldous is an art, craft, and design material store in Manchester. To find out more about Fred Aldous, visit: www.fredaldous.co.uk.
LRTF MadLab is celebrating securing funds from the Government as part of a ‘learning for pleasure’ innovation spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This grant is from the £20 million Transformation Fund, launched by Government to offer funding for to innovative informal adult learning projects in England. This brings to life The Learning Revolution, a White Paper presented to Parliament in March 2009. To find out more about The Learning Revolution, visit: www.bis.gov.uk/learningrevolution.
Cool Components Cool Components supplies cutting edge electronic devices to artists, experimenters, hobbyists, robotics enthusiasts, students, researchers, engineers, academics and everyone else! Our web shop is stocked with a huge amount of Arduino boards, shields and starter kits, IR and ultrasound sensors, accelerometers, GPS modules, microprocessor programming tools, Xbee radio links, and lots of other goodies. We’re always adding to our range and listen carefully to ideas about new products you think we should stock. We’re thrilled to be supporting the Manchester Digital Laboratory and wish it the best of luck. Hurray! Please visit us at www.coolcomponents.co.uk
emerge Supported by Emerge Recycling, a Manchester based social enterprise working to promote the idea and practice of the ‘3Rs’ of waste reduction, reuse and recycling through action and education.  In addition to providing recycling collections for businesses and other organisations in Greater Manchester, EMERGE assist organisations in getting a grip of their resource management and moving materials up the waste hierarchy, encouraging reuse before recycling. Please visit them at www.emergemanchester.co.uk
mustard-tree The Mustard Tree is a charity that works with the homeless and marginalised across Greater Manchester. It provides food, clothing and furniture for those most in need as well as a range of training programmes aimed at helping individuals gain confidence and skills. Visit the Mustard Tree at http://www.mustardtree.co.uk/