Manchester Digital Laboratory is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester, UK.

36-40 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
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Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Wednesday 16 August

The Future of Esports: Challenging Work and Gender Issues in the UK’s Computer Gaming Industry

This one-day symposia seeks to build expertise between early career researchers, professional players, and industry experts who are interested in problematising the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of Esports.

Manchester WordPress User Group

A group of people from in and around Manchester, UK, who use the open source web publishing software WordPress to blog, design and develop websites.

Manchester Werewolf Chapter

Deception, Lies and Paranoia. Werewolf is a social game which you can easily pick up but is impossible to master.
Thursday 17 August

NWRUG

A group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails.

Python North West

Python North West is a user group for the Python programming language. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Saturday 19 August

Make Stuff at MakeFest

Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the Museum of Science and Industry for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.

ManLug

ManLUG is a group of GNU/Linux users from in and around Manchester who meet up regularly to discuss Linux and the GNU operating system.
Sunday 20 August

Make Stuff at MakeFest

Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the Museum of Science and Industry for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.
Monday 21 August

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.

The Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.

Patch: Manchester

Patch Manchester: where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.
Tuesday 22 August

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Wednesday 23 August

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 24 August

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Tuesday 29 August

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.
Wednesday 30 August

EtsyMCR

Bringing the folk of Manchester together to support each other, share crafting secrets, tell each other about craft fairs and meet up for the occasional cuppa tea!
Thursday 31 August

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Introduction to 3D Printing: Make a Keyring at MadFabLab

Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to 3D printing
Monday 04 September

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 05 September

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.

Manchester Learning Angular

Learning Angular is a forum for coders keen to get to grips with a relatively new platform for web app development.
Wednesday 06 September

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.

MancJS

Manc.JS is Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Saturday 09 September

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

Try your hand at coding with electronics
Tuesday 12 September

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.

Manchester Jewellers Network

A forum for emerging jewellers to develop and show new work, and an incentive for established contemporary jewellers to extend their ranges and take on fresh challenges.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 13 September

Manchester Go

A friendly meetup for people of all abilities, from Go newbies to advanced users.

SpecFic

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Thursday 14 September

Eco Home Lab

We use open-source hardware and software to better understand our homes and how they work.

XP Manchester

XP Manchester is a language agnostic software development user group with the prime directive of making software developers work smarter.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.

Build your first website with WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Learn the basics of WordPress and start to build your own site

Introduction to Soldering at MadFabLab

If you’ve ever been curious about electronics, this is the workshop for you. Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. And it’s fun. And easy
Monday 18 September

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.

The Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.

Android Manchester

A monthly social get together for Android devotees and interestees – to learn, share knowledge & expertise, and ask questions of fellow 'droids.
Tuesday 19 September

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.

Bid Writing

Led by Laura H. Drane

Aiming to raise funds for projects or operations? Whether you’re new to the bid writing process or want to scale up your applications, this course will equip you to win
Wednesday 20 September

Manchester WordPress User Group

A group of people from in and around Manchester, UK, who use the open source web publishing software WordPress to blog, design and develop websites.

Manchester Werewolf Chapter

Deception, Lies and Paranoia. Werewolf is a social game which you can easily pick up but is impossible to master.
Thursday 21 September

NWRUG

A group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails.

Python North West

Python North West is a user group for the Python programming language. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!
Monday 25 September

Manchester Amnesty

Amnesty International works to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. The Manchester Amnesty Group is a group of local volunteers who take part in Amnesty International campaigns, case work and fundraising.

Patch Manchester

Patch Manchester: where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 26 September

MadFabLab Open Night

If you’ve got something you’re working on – a supercool project, or just something you’re learning and experimenting with – open nights are the perfect chance to share it with others too.
Wednesday 27 September

CiviCRM Meetup

CiviCRM is an open source donor and contact management solution for non profits and member organisations.

EtsyMCR

Bringing the folk of Manchester together to support each other, share crafting secrets, tell each other about craft fairs and meet up for the occasional cuppa tea!

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 28 September

Café Scientifique Manchester

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Intermediate WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Take your WordPress site to the next level
Monday 02 October

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.

Manchester React User Group

The Manchester React User Group is an opportunity for React.js developers to get together and discuss the latest in the world of the popular JavaScript UI library, its ecosystem, along with other similar libraries.
Tuesday 03 October

Manchester Learning Angular

Learning Angular is a forum for coders keen to get to grips with a relatively new platform for web app development.
Wednesday 04 October

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.

MancJS

Manc.JS is Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 05 October

Manchester InfoSec

A meetup for anyone interested in any side of information security focused on collaboration and sharing knowledge.

NWTCG

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Friday 06 October

Manchester Traders Club

We are a group of 100+ like-minded financial market traders regularly meeting in Manchester to share strategies, trade ideas, trade setups, psychology and market experiences.
Monday 09 October

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Tuesday 10 October

Manchester Jewellers Network

A forum for emerging jewellers to develop and show new work, and an incentive for established contemporary jewellers to extend their ranges and take on fresh challenges.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 11 October

Manchester Go

A friendly meetup for people of all abilities, from Go newbies to advanced users.

SpecFic

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Thursday 12 October

Eco Home Lab

We use open-source hardware and software to better understand our homes and how they work.
Thursday 26 October

Intermediate WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Take your WordPress site to the next level
Thursday 09 November

Build your first website with WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Learn the basics of WordPress and start to build your own site
Thursday 23 November

Advanced WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

If WordPress is your business – as a developer, power-user, or marketing pro – this is the course for you
Thursday 07 December

Build your first website with WordPress

A two-day course with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

Learn the basics of WordPress and start to build your own site

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

3 Month Internship positions at MadLab

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 10 hours ago

Venue Assistant  Three Months (paid) Are you 24 or under and long-term unemployed (minimum of three months*),

Future Energy Summit

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 days ago

  MadLab will be at Future Energy Summit in Folkestone next month.

MadFabLab’s Extended Opening Hours

Posted by Team MadLab, 12 days ago

Drumroll please . . . You talked, we listened, and we’re happy to announce that we are now officially EXTENDING OUR OPENING HOURS!!

MadLab needs YOU! Here’s how you can help

Posted by Team MadLab, 19 days ago

We’re looking at raising funds through donations to take what we do to the next level. Read on to find out how you can make a difference.

WOO! Budget for new kit. Your suggestions needed

Posted by Team MadLab, 19 days ago

We recently received a super-generous donation from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, and super-mysterious. He/she/the magic unicorn of benevolence has asked that we put this towards new audio-visual equipment: projectors, screens, audio-recording devices, and so on – so that we have ‘a kick-ass future-proof system.’

NEW: Permanent desks available at MadFabLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 20 days ago

Hacker? Maker? Small business? Looking for a space to design and prototype your next product? We have four desks available in the MadFabLab, Manchester city centre’s only FabLab.

MadFabLab Courses Have Landed

Posted by Team MadLab, 26 days ago

If you have an interest in digital innovation, tinkering with electronics, or just fancy having some fun with the laser cutter, then look no further than MadFabLab. Our brand spanking new courses and workshops have been created to help get you started on your digital making journey.

Science Busking with MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Learn how to make Science fun with these interactive, challenging and messy experiments from MadLab.

Blog: MadLab in Boston

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

  The Institute of Unknown Purpose is a MadLab spinoff that ‘aims to create an unconventional bricks-and-mortar institution that embraces playful experimentation, a sense of mystery, and an exploration of the relationship between science fiction and cutting-edge science fact.’

Blog: Major Transitions

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

MadLab director Asa Calow has just got back from Paris where he’s been presenting at Major Transitions in Digital Society – a workshop organised by the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI – https://cri-paris.org/).