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

Wednesday 24 May

Manchester Grey Hats

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

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.

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.
Tuesday 30 May

Digital Skills for Women - Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a powerful tool: when used in conjunction with engaging content and SEO practices, it can help your website and content reach a larger audience. This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.

Digital Skills for Women - Intro to WordPress

Create your first website using WordPress, learn about the differences between pages and posts, and add content to your new site. This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.

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 31 May

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!

Digital Skills for Women - Search Engine Optimisation

In this seminar we’ll explore the basics of search engine optimisation (SEO). This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.
Thursday 01 June

Manchester InfoSec

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

Digital Skills for Women - How to Build your Brand

In this seminar, we’ll walk you through everything you need to establish yourself online and create your own ‘brand guidelines’. This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.

North West Technical Communicators

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

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Monday 05 June

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 06 June

Digital Skills for Women - Next Steps with WordPress

Essential tips on how to make the most of your WordPress site, this course will show you how to add more functionality to your website. This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.

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.

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 07 June

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 08 June

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 10 June

Digital Skills for Salford - Blogging 101

Put your first website to good use and start blogging. Learn how to create engaging content for your readers. Available to Salford residents aged 19+.

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.
Monday 12 June

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.
Tuesday 13 June

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.

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 14 June

Digital Skills for Salford - Programming 101

A whistle-stop tour of everything programming languages can do. A practical session using Python. Available to Salford residents aged 19+.

Digital Skills for Salford - Programming 101

A whistle-stop tour of everything programming languages can do. A practical session using Python. Available to Salford residents aged 19+.

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 15 June

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!

Manchester Space Programme

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

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 20 June

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.
Wednesday 21 June

Digital Skills for Salford - Intro to Web Development

Learn how to make a simple two-page website using HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web. Available to residents of Salford aged 19+.

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 22 June

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.

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level.
Saturday 24 June

Digital Skills for Salford - Intro to Web Development

Learn how to make a simple two-page website using HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web. Available to residents of Salford aged 19+.
Monday 26 June

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.

Scala Manchester

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

Patch: Manchester

Patch Manchester: where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.
Tuesday 27 June

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 28 June

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!

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 29 June

Manchester Space Programme

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

Bitcoin Manchester

A meetup for Bitcoin users, miners, buyers, sellers or anyone else otherwise interested in Bitcoin in the North West.

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Monday 03 July

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 04 July

Bokeh Yeah! Presents - Moments

Experienced international photographers evaluate two distinct areas of reportage; journalism and travel photography.

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.

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 05 July

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 06 July

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.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Monday 10 July

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.
Tuesday 11 July

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 12 July

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 14 September

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 28 September

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level.
Thursday 26 October

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

Digital Skills for Salford – Term 3

Posted by Claire Dodd, 8 days ago

Digital Skills for Salford returns in May for the last run of the 2016/17 season. These courses are only available to Salford residents aged 19+. Get help starting your digital journey: from web development and programming to setting up your first website!

The City Talking: Tech In The North

Posted by Team MadLab, 14 days ago

We’re in The City Talking‘s latest film – Tech In The North: a collection of short stories about northern organisations and figures shaping the both the UK & worldwide tech industry.

Manchester SciFi Book Club – Next Round of Books

Posted by Daniel Wells, about 1 month ago

Hi Everybody! Here is our next round of SciFi books. 20th Jun – The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (336p) 18th Jul – The Star Diaries by Stanislav Lem (352p) 15th Aug – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (345p) 19th Sep – Zendegi by Greg Egan (368p) 17th Oct – Year Zero […]

MadFabLab open from May 8th

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Big thank you to everyone who came along to the MadFabLab Launch Night last Thursday! Great to see lots of old and new faces excited to join the community. If you chatted with Asa, Marieke or Finn during the night, you can drop us an email to continue the conversation – we’re happy to answer any questions you […]

Pakistan Science Club Needs YOUR Help

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Pakistan Science Club, a community-led not-for-profit organisation, needs your help to reach more young people and make them aware of the importance of science and technology. 

Join the MadFabLab Community!

Posted by Asa Calow, about 1 month ago

We are super-excited to announce that in May 2017 we will be launching the MadFabLab as an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers.

Digital Skills for Women in Manchester

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

We’ve just announced our Digital Skills for Women in Manchester programme – a series of free workshops and seminars to equip unemployed and underemployed women with the necessary IT skills to kickstart careers, launch businesses and open up new opportunities in the technology sector.

Adult Community Learning Tutors required

Posted by Claire Dodd, 2 months ago

Due to increased demand, we are looking to expand our community training provision. Much of our training is delivered across Greater Manchester, to communities who might not otherwise be able to access our services.