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

Thursday 23 February

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.
Saturday 25 February

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 27 February

Digital Skills for Salford – Programming 101

A whistle-stop tour of everything programming languages can do. A practical session using Python.

Manchester Amnesty

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.

Patch Manchester

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

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!
Tuesday 28 February

Digital Skills for Salford – Making the most of WordPress

Handy tips on how to make the most of your first website, adding custom menus, using widgets, adding plugins and playing with themes.

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Korean Language Exchange

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

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 01 March

Digital Skills for Salford – Making the most of WordPress

Handy tips on how to make the most of your first website, adding custom menus, using widgets, adding plugins and playing with themes.

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 02 March

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 Group

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Saturday 04 March

Game Dev 101: Level 01

Led by BAFTA award-winning Dan Hett

Want to make your own video games, but have no idea where to start? Start here!
Sunday 05 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 06 March

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.

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 07 March

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.

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 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 08 March

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.

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 09 March

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.

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.

Hands-on Hacking™

A two-day ethical hacking course with Hacker House™

It's time to put on your finest roller blades, grab a cold jolt cola, then come and learn some practical skills to hack the planet. The team at Hacker House™ provide hands-on networking and application labs, intended to stimulate your grey matter. We teach from years of experience on practical cyber-security assessment skills for the red team.
Saturday 11 March
Sunday 12 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 13 March

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 14 March

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 15 March

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 16 March

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.
Sunday 19 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 20 March

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 21 March

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.

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 22 March

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 23 March

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.

Intermediate WordPress - 2 places left!

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Saturday 25 March

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

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.

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.

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.

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 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.
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

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

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.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Monday 17 April

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.

CodeUp Salford

CodeUp Salford provides free and friendly coding tuition.

Android Manchester

A monthly social get together for Android devotees and interestees – to learn, share knowledge & expertise, and ask questions of fellow 'droids.
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!
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.
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

New Game Development Courses at MadLab!

Posted by Claire Dodd, 22 days 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, 27 days 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, 29 days 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…

MadLab 2017 Survey

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Huge thanks to everyone who provided their postcodes for us last week – we got a fantastic response, it’s been incredibly helpful. We’re following up with a slightly longer 5 minutes survey on our community demographics and how you use MadLab which you can find here.

MadFabLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Manchester’s very own MadFabLab! Since 2010, MadLab has undergone constant evolution, growing to become the UK’s most active hub for grassroots digital innovation. In Summer 2016 we joined the international FabLab network, and in early 2017 will be launching the MadFabLab as an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and […]

Make Stuff returns for 2017!

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Make Stuff is back! From the end of January we’re hitting the road again for another round of making, coding, crafting and creating events across Greater Manchester. Expect more robot making, 3D printing, Arduino programming and drop-in crafting and coding fun than ever before, with the addition of in-depth digital skills workshops available at some of the locations. […]

MadLab Postcode Survey

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

MadLab is applying for Arts Council England ‘National Portfolio’ status. If you use MadLab, we’d be super-grateful if you could let us know your postcode. All responses will be kept anonymised. If you’d also be happy to take part in a more in-depth survey (5-10 minutes) later this month, please leave your email address and […]

Digital Skills for Salford is back!

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

After a hugely successful first round of courses, Digital Skills for Salford is back in February/March 2017. We can help you get you started on your digital journey, from setting up social media accounts, to web development and programming!