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

Saturday 25 March

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.

Game Dev 101: Level 02

Led by BAFTA award-winning Dan Hett

The next step of our Game Dev classes, a series of intermediate level hands-on mini lessons, which focuses on creating games right in your internet browser.
Sunday 26 March

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 27 March

Tech & Tea at Age UK Salford, Swinton

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

Tech & Tea at The De Traffords, Irlam

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

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.

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.

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.

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.
Tuesday 28 March

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Manchester Korean Language Exchange

A student-led Korean language exchange meet up, free for all ages and abilities to attend.
Wednesday 29 March

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!

HackerNest Manchester

HackerNest is a grassroots nonprofit organisation that runs unpretentious community events and epic, meaningful, universally-acclaimed hackathons. Our mission is economic development through technological proliferation.

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 30 March

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.
Monday 03 April

Tech & Tea at Age UK Salford, Swinton

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

Tech & Tea at The De Traffords, Irlam

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

DMLab North

Drake Music Innovation Lab North 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 04 April

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.

Manchester E-Democracy

A group to explore the possibilities of influencing our current representative democracy with a parallel citizen's e-democracy based upon "the wisdom of crowds".
Wednesday 05 April

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 April

Manchester InfoSec

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

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 10 April

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

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.

CodeUp Manchester

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

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 April

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.
Thursday 13 April

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.
Monday 17 April

Short Story Writing Group

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

CodeUp Salford

CodeUp Salford provides free and friendly coding tuition.

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 18 April

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 19 April

Manchester WordPress User Group

Wordpress is the most popular blogging platform and content management system in use on the web today, with more than 60 million instances in the wild. Manchester's WordPress User Group is run by WordPress co-founder Mike Little.

Manchester Werewolf Chapter

Werewolf is a game of deception and manipulation.
Thursday 20 April

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.
Saturday 22 April

Manchester Game Jam

Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in making video games? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us for the next Manchester Game Jam!
Sunday 23 April

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 24 April

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.

Manchester Amnesty Group

The Manchester Amnesty Group is a group of local volunteers who take part in Amnesty International campaigns, case work and fundraising.
Tuesday 25 April

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.

Manchester Korean Language Exchange

A student-led Korean language exchange meet up, free for all ages and abilities to attend.
Wednesday 26 April

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 27 April

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

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

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.
Sunday 30 April

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.
Thursday 25 May

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 13 June

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 22 June

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, 1 day ago

Digital Skills for Salford returns in May for the last run of the 2016/17 season. Get help starting your digital journey: from setting up social media accounts, to web development and programming! We also have three WordPress based courses to take you from website novice all the way through to blogger extraordinaire.

Adult Community Learning tutors required

Posted by Claire Dodd, 3 days 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.

Near Now Fellowship: Pre-Application Meetup

Posted by Team MadLab, 9 days ago

Near Now are hosting a series of meetups as an opportunity for you to find out more about the Near Now Fellowship, ahead of submitting an application. Near Now’s Creative Producer, Lee Nicholls, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Fellowship programme and the application process.

Super Science Day at Farnworth Library

Posted by Claire Dodd, 19 days ago

We’re helping Bolton Libraries celebrate British Science Week with a Super Science Day at Farnworth Library this Saturday! We’ll be running two hands-on Dinosaur themed sessions between 1 and 3pm…

Manchester SciFi Book Club – Books Read at #mcrsf

Posted by Daniel Wells, 19 days ago

Hi Everyone! Just in case you’re wondering which exciting science fiction books we’ve read and how we’ve rated them, here is the updated list. Scores are out of five except where stated. 2017 16th May – A Calculated Life by Ann Charnock (208 pages) 18th Apr – Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (288 pages) 21st […]

Ideas for our next round of SciFi Books

Posted by Daniel Wells, 20 days ago

Hi Everyone! It will soon be time to decide upon our next round of SciFi books. Please bring along your ideas to our next meeting on the 21st of March or post them to @mcrsf_madlab on Twitter using #mcrsf All suggestions should be published, easily available in paperback and no more than about 400 pages […]

Course Brochure – new courses for 2017

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

Check out MadLab’s programme of expert led courses this Spring. We’re offering comprehensive workshops on the art of blogging, web development, game development, bid writing and hacking. Check our new brochure for more details!

New Game Development Courses at MadLab!

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

Want to make your own video games, but have no idea where to start? Start here! MadLab is offering two Game Development courses, led by BAFTA award winner Dan Hett! EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Book both courses now for just £200

February Sale on Hire Space at MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Need a room for your event? We can help! Workshops, meetings, presentations, launch parties, get-togethers, interviews and everything else in between, we can host it in one of our flexible and affordable hire spaces. New customers in February can take advantage of our *special offer* 1 weeks hire of the top or ground floor £1500 […]

Happy New Year!

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

It’s been a mad start to 2017 for MadLab! With so much going on, we thought it was about time we got you up to speed with the best bits…