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

Friday 30 September

Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

A hack for makers to explore how health data can be turned into sounds, beats and music - Mixer and team formation
Saturday 01 October

Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

A hack for makers to explore how health data can be turned into sounds, beats and music - Hack, judging and prizes
Sunday 02 October

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 03 October

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.

Drake Music

Drake Music are experts in special educational needs and disability (SEND) music delivery and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making.
Tuesday 04 October

Manchester Social Entrepreneurs

Manchester Social Entrepreneurs is a group for people who care about social impact.

Bokeh_Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.

CodeUp Sheffield

CodeUp Sheffield provides free and friendly coding tuition.
Wednesday 05 October

North West Playtesters

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

MancJS

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Led by Liz Hardwick

If you're looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!
Thursday 06 October

Manchester InfoSec

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

Manchester Space Programme

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

North West Technical Communicators

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Sunday 09 October

Manchester Girl Geeks

A non-profit group which organises networking events, talks & workshops for women and girls with an interest in Science & Technology.

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 10 October

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

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.

CodeUp Manchester

CodeUp Manchester provides free and friendly coding tuition.
Tuesday 11 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.

Open Source Writing

Open Source Writing is an artist and technology-led get together which gives an impartial, non-pressured space to get on with writing code, words, music, patterns, poems or anything in a way that promotes new experiences and approaches.
Wednesday 12 October

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Meteor Manchester

Meteor (AKA MeteorJS) is an open-source real-time Javascript web application framework built on top of node.js.

Manchester Go

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

Manchester Amnesty Group

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.
Thursday 13 October

2016 everywoman Academy: advancing women in technology

Join over 100 middle managers and future leaders for an interactive programme that will equip attendees with practical techniques to navigate workplace challenges, become more confident and, ultimately, unlock their full potential.

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 Robotic Process Automation

This group aims to explore the reality and potential of Robotic Process Automation technology.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Saturday 15 October

Manchester Linux User Group

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.

Introduction to Arduino

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn to get started with your own digital-physical products using Arduino hardware.

Java Beginner's Workshop

Led by Alison McGreavy

Learn how to get started with popular programming language Java.
Sunday 16 October

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 17 October

CodeUp Huddersfield

CodeUp Huddersfield provides free and friendly coding tuition.

Short Story Writing Group

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

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 18 October

North West Playtesters

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

Community SpirIT

A friendly group of artists, creatives and cultural producers interested in using digital media in a community context, to give voice and expression to the many different cultures and communities living in the North West today.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

Manchester SciFi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have read any SciFi before to come along.

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 19 October

Patch: Manchester

Patch:Manchester is a couple of hours, every month, where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.

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 20 October

North West Ruby User Group

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

Manchester Space Programme

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

Python North West

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

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Monday 24 October

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.
Tuesday 25 October

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Northern Assembly of Creative Technologists

NACT looks to embrace diversity and connect with multiple technology platforms to create a generalised forum for people that enjoy using a range of technologies for creative means.
Wednesday 26 October

Etsy Manchester

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!

The Common Room

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.
Thursday 27 October

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake is a crochet and knitting group with the aim to get together with like-minded people to crochet, knit, and make new friends.

Manchester Space Programme

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

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Sunday 30 October

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 31 October

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Saturday 22 October

Game Dev 101

Led by BAFTA award-winning Dan Hett

A one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
Tuesday 01 November

Bokeh_Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.
Wednesday 02 November

North West Playtesters

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

House of Pod - Salford

House of Pod is monthly meetup for anyone who is a podcaster, has an interest in being a podcaster or just wants to talk about podcasts.

MancJS

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 03 November

Manchester InfoSec

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

Manchester Space Programme

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

North West Technical Communicators

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

ADDITIONAL DATE: Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Friday 04 November

NaNoWriMo Manchester

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
Sunday 06 November

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 07 November

Drake Music Innovation North

Drake Music are experts in special educational needs and disability (SEND) music delivery and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making.

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 08 November

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.

Open Source Writing

Open Source Writing is an artist and technology-led get together which gives an impartial, non-pressured space to get on with writing code, words, music, patterns, poems or anything in a way that promotes new experiences and approaches.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 09 November

MadLab and Comma Press present: ARTS-TECH PITCH DAY

Arts-Tech Pitch Day matches local arts organisations and social enterprises with tech developers who have the skills and experience to help them bootstrap ideas into reality.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Manchester Go

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

Manchester Amnesty Local Group Meeting

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.
Thursday 10 November

Eco Home Lab

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

Robotic Process Automation

This group aims to explore the reality and potential of Robotic Process Automation technology.

XP Manchester

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

Meteor Manchester User Group

Meteor (AKA MeteorJS) is an open-source real-time Javascript web application framework built on top of node.js.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Friday 11 November

NaNoWriMo 2016

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
Sunday 13 November

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 14 November

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

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.

CodeUp Manchester

CodeUp Manchester provides free and friendly coding tuition.
Tuesday 15 November

NW Playtesters Salford

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

Community SpirIT (CAN)

A friendly group of artists, creatives and cultural producers interested in using digital media in a community context, to give voice and expression to the many different cultures and communities living in the North West today.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

Sci-fi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a science fiction book previously chosen by the group. Discussions are informal and you don't need to have read any SciFi before to come along.
Wednesday 16 November

Patch Manchester SALFORD

Patch:Manchester is a couple of hours, every month, where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.

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 November

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

North West Ruby User Group

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

Manchester Space Programme

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

Python North West

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

Advanced WordPress

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

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you.
Sunday 20 November

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 21 November

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 22 November

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
Thursday 24 November

Crochet, Chat, Coffee and Cake

Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake is a crochet and knitting group with the aim to get together with like-minded people to crochet, knit, and make new friends.

Manchester Space Programme

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

Café Scientifique Manchester

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Sunday 27 November

Code Club Salford

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 28 November

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.

Scala Manchester

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

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.
Tuesday 29 November

Linked Data

This group is for people interested in the practical application of linked data, semantic web technologies, knowledge engineering and ontology development.

Northern Assembly of Creative Technologists

NACT looks to embrace diversity and connect with multiple technology platforms to create a generalised forum for people that enjoy using a range of technologies for creative means.
Wednesday 30 November

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

Etsy Manchester

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!

The Common Room - Community Music Project - Salford

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.
Saturday 05 November

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Led by Liz Hardwick

If you’re looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!
Saturday 03 December

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

A two-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn the need-to-know essentials for making your very own Internet of Things project in this two-day course.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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How MadLab celebrated National Coding Week 2016

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 23 hours ago

Well, last week was a busy one! National Coding Week 2016 saw us team up once more with CodeUp UK to bring a ton of coding workshops to Manchester.

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Digital Skills for Salford

Posted by Claire Dodd, 3 days ago

This Autumn we’re bringing a series of nine free Digital Skills workshops to the people of Salford!

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MadLab and Comma Press present: ARTS-TECH PITCH DAY

Posted by johnny, 7 days ago

Wednesday 9th November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Are you a tech developer or entrepreneur based in or around Manchester? Do you get excited by innovative ideas about how to create and share art, or effect social change? Are you an arts organisation or social enterprise with a really good idea, but lacking in tech expertise? Arts-Tech Pitch […]

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Java Beginner’s Workshop

Posted by Team MadLab, 8 days ago

Saturday 15th October, 10:00am—4:00pm If you’re looking to start building your computer programming skills, then this is the workshop for you!

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Great British Entrepreneur Awards Co-working 100

Posted by Janneke Earl, 13 days ago

And we’re in it! ‘Moving away from the novelty that it was once considered, co-working has been embraced by freelancers, entrepreneurs and big corporations of the like, thanks to its harmonious relationship between work and workspace; enabling creativity, growth and most importantly, collaboration. In addition to forgoing conventional office spaces and lengthy lease contracts, co-working […]

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2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

Posted by Claire Dodd, 18 days ago

written by everywoman 2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards Date: 9 February 2017 18:45 Venue: London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

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2016 everywoman Academy: advancing women in technology

Posted by Claire Dodd, 21 days ago

written by everywoman 2016 everywoman Academy: Advancing women in Technology Date: 13 October 2016 8:30 – 16:45 Venue: The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, M3 5LH, Manchester

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MadLab: Arts + Tech Creative Accelerator – Noise Orchestra

Posted by Team MadLab, 22 days ago

GRAPHICAL SOUND NOISE FROM LIGHT ANALOGUE ELECTRONICS Noise Orchestra were selected as artists on the first cohort for the Arts+Tech creative practice accelerator; led by MadLab one of three national pilots, set up by Arts Council England and Innovate UK, to support people working at the intersection of arts and technology.

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MadLab Autumn Courses

Posted by Team MadLab, 22 days ago

This autumn, here at MadLab HQ, we have some great courses coming up – there is something for everyone.