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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+44 (0)161 839 6324

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Monday 08 January

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.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

The Kernel Project

Using science, philosophy and pragmatism to build a better world for ourselves and others. 
Tuesday 09 January

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 10 January

Rethink Mental Illness Manchester Group

A volunteer run support group for anyone in Manchester who is affected by severe mental illness, whether as a carer or service user.

Manchester Go

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

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Thursday 11 January

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.
Saturday 13 January

Salford and Manchester Weekend Code Club

An opportunity for children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 15 January

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 16 January

Manchester Free Software

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

Manchester 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 17 January

CiviCRM meetup

CiviCRM is a web-based contact relationship management (CRM) system. It allows an organisation to record and manage information about the various people and organisations it interacts with.

North West Playtesters

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

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 18 January

North West Ruby User Group

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!
Friday 19 January

Free Hands-on 3D Printing at Wigan Library

Intrigued by 3D printing, but don’t know where to start? Then join MadLab for this free 3-hour workshop covering all the basics you’ll need to get going.
Saturday 20 January

Salford and Manchester Weekend Code Club

An opportunity for children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 22 January

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.
Tuesday 23 January

Let's Learn Node Together

Let's Learn Node Together is a group of people interested in learning nodejs.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Wednesday 24 January

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 25 January

Café Scientifique

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

Code-A-Drone for adults at MadFabLab

Learn how to create your own drone controller by programming commands that enable a mini drone to take off, fly, turn, do stunts, take photos and land safely.
Saturday 27 January

Salford and Manchester Weekend Code Club

An opportunity for children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 29 January

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!
Wednesday 31 January

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!
Saturday 03 February

Salford and Manchester Weekend Code Club

An opportunity for children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Wednesday 07 February
Saturday 10 February

Salford and Manchester Weekend Code Club

An opportunity for children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Monday 12 February

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
Thursday 15 February

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
Wednesday 21 February

Code-A-Drone Workshop at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

Learn how to create your own drone controller by programming commands that enable a mini drone to take off, fly, turn, do stunts, take photos and land safely.

Stop Frame Animation at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

MakoEducation’s Lego Stop Motion Workshop is the perfect activity to get young people to discover and show off their creative talents.
Wednesday 28 February
Saturday 10 March

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

Try your hand at coding with electronics
Thursday 15 March

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level

Learn to Laser Cut a 3D Model at MadFabLab

Create a simple 3D model using free software and learn how to generate slices for laser cutting.
Thursday 19 April

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
Saturday 12 May

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

Try your hand at coding with electronics
Tuesday 15 May

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

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

*FREE* 3D Printing Workshop in Wigan

Posted by Team MadLab, 14 days ago

Free 3D printing workshops in Wigan. Can’t make these dates? Keep your eyes peeled for workshops in Bolton and Oldham.

3 Month Internship position at MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 19 days ago

Are you 24 or under and long-term unemployed (minimum of three months), and not currently in education or training? Do you use MadLab, and live in Manchester? Are you available to start immediately? If so, an exceptional opportunity has arisen to join the team.

Desk Spaces Available at MadLab HQ!

Posted by Team MadLab, 26 days ago

Fancy seeing in the New Year with a new place to call home? Well not home, but homely co-working space – it comes pretty close.

Heritage Lottery Fund announce new microgrants scheme, inspired by MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just announced a new microgrants pilot programme in Barrow-in-Furness inspired by an idea pitched to them by MadLab. Rather than wait weeks or months for funding, community groups can now apply for small grants in person to the HLF – and receive an on-the-spot answer.

Guest Blog – Teller: Blockchain Fortunetelling by Stuart Nolan

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

“Don’t believe in fortune but don’t live without fortune” – Turkish Proverb I have recently been designing Teller, a blockchain system that can be used as a permanent, immutable record underlying any act of fortune-telling.

Make: Shift: Do at MadFabLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

During the last weekend of October, we opened our MadFabLab doors to the public for Make:Shift:Do and it was so great to see so many people of all ages having fun with our machines!

Viva Aviva! Make Stuff/MadLab is up for a 25k award from Aviva

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Make Stuff/MadLab is up for a 25k award from Aviva. We’d *really* appreciate if you could you take a minute to vote for us, please? You just need to give your email address and it’s a (quick) two-stage process. If MadLab (with Make Stuff) gets the most votes, then we will automatically get to the panel.

Make:Shift:Do at MadFabLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

Next weekend we’ll be opening the MadFabLab doors for Make:Shift:Do, a weekend long programme of craft innovation workshops. Stop by for a taste of the future of making, with Arduino programming and laser cut jewellery workshops, plus tours of the maker space.