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 05 December

Drake Music Innovation Lab 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.
Wednesday 07 December

North West Playtesters

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

House of Pod

House of Pod is a 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 08 December

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.
Saturday 10 December

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 11 December

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 12 December

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.

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.
Tuesday 13 December

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 14 December

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

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 15 December

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.
Friday 16 December

CodeUp Castleford

CodeUp Castleford provides free and friendly coding tuition.
Monday 19 December

Short Story Writing Group

A writing group that meets regularly to share and critique in a supportive environment.
Tuesday 20 December

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Wednesday 21 December

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.
Wednesday 04 January

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.
Monday 09 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.

CodeUp Manchester

CodeUp Manchester provides free and friendly coding tuition.
Tuesday 10 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.

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 11 January

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 12 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.

Manchester Space Programme

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

Code Club

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 16 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 17 January

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.

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.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Thursday 02 February

Rocket Design Workshop

We’re pleased to announce that on February 2nd we’re running our first ever rocket design workshop!
Tuesday 07 February

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.
Thursday 09 February

2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

The Awards encourage greater numbers of women to work in tech, driving awareness of career opportunities, as well as showcasing the breadth and diversity of talent contributed by women in tech across industries.
Thursday 16 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.
Thursday 23 March

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Monday 27 March

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 27 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.
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.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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Digital Activism Workshop Roundup

Posted by Dave Carter, 13 days ago

A guest post by MadLab Advisory Council Chair, Dave Carter MadLab hosted a very interesting workshop on November 11th at which a range of speakers, including activists, researchers and me, considered issues around digital activism.

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Wanted: Technology Mentor

Posted by Johnny McQuade, 13 days ago

Transmedia writer, poet and inTer-aCtive artist Maya Chowdhry is looking for a technology mentor to assist her with a research and development project investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience.

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Artful Innovation 2017

Posted by Team MadLab, 13 days ago

We are delighted to announce our involvement with Artful Innovation 2017 – a five-day course supporting small creative-technology businesses, delivered by Watershed.

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Get ready for Manchester Game Jam

Posted by Sophie Ashcroft, 19 days ago

Manchester Game Jam is coming back to MadLab for the final Jam of the year! This Jam is a great chance for games designers, artists, audio designers, and indie game fanboys and girls to get together and make a game from scratch in just one weekend.

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3 Month Internship positions at MadLab

Posted by Claire Dodd, 20 days ago

Are you 24 or under and not currently in employment, education or training? Do you use MadLab, and live in Manchester? If so, an exceptional opportunity has arisen to join the team. We have a full-time, three month position working at MadLab’s Manchester city centre HQ.

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Pictures from Asa’s Karachi trip

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

As mentioned previously – Asa spent some time working, teaching and lecturing in Karachi over the last couple weeks. Check out some photos he took on his trip below! You can read about Asa’s talk on “digital disruption and creative chaos” at Habib University here

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Rocket Design Workshop

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

We’re pleased to announce that on February 2nd we’re running our first rocket design workshop! Jo Hinchliffe (aka @concreted0g) will be introducing you to the basic anatomy of a rocket, looking at the principles of launching and recovering low to mid power amateur rocket builds.

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Digital Skills For Salford

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

This Autumn we’re bringing a series of nine free Digital Skills workshops to the people of Salford! From Basic IT Skills and setting up social media accounts, to web development, programming and electronics!