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 24 April

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.

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.
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!

Marea Granate Manchester Film Screening of Astral

A Documentary by Jordi Évole and Ramón Lara.

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.
Friday 28 April

Tech & Tea at Height Library, Salford

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.
Saturday 29 April

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.
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.
Tuesday 02 May

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.
Wednesday 03 May

North West Playtesters

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

Manc.JS

Manc.JS is Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 04 May

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.
Saturday 06 May

Make Stuff at Blackburn Festival Of Making

Make Stuff is heading to Blackburn on the 6th of May for the National Festival of Making.
Monday 08 May

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 09 May

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 May

Digital Skills for Salford - Setting up your first WordPress website

Create your first website using WordPress, learn about the differences between a page and a post, and add your first content. Available to residents of Salford aged 19+.

Manchester Go

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

SpecFic

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

Eco Home Lab

We use open-source hardware and software to better understand our homes and how they work.

Robotic Process Automation

This group aims to explore the reality and potential of Robotic Process Automation technology.

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 13 May

Digital Skills for Salford - Setting up your first WordPress website

Create your first website using WordPress, learn about the differences between a page and a post, and add your first content. Available to residents of Salford aged 19+.
Monday 15 May

Short Story Writing Group

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

Digital Skills for Women Manchester - Social Media

In this seminar we’ll explain how to use social media to your advantage in business, demonstrating how to create a professional and successful online presence. This opportunity is only available to Manchester City residents, (not Greater Manchester) aged 18+.

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.
Tuesday 16 May

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.
Wednesday 17 May

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 May

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. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!
Saturday 20 May

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. 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 22 May

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.

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.
Tuesday 23 May

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

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.

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+.
Wednesday 31 May

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

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+.
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+.
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.
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.
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+.
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+.
Thursday 22 June

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+.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

MadFabLab open from May 8th

Posted by Team MadLab, about 19 hours 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 […]

3 Month Internship position at MadLab

Posted by Claire Dodd, 3 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.

Pakistan Science Club Needs YOUR Help

Posted by Team MadLab, 4 days 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, 12 days 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, 25 days 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.

Digital Skills for Salford – Term 3

Posted by Claire Dodd, 30 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!

Adult Community Learning Tutors required

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month 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, about 1 month 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.