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

Wednesday 18 January

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 19 January

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.
Saturday 21 January

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 22 January

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 23 January

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 24 January

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 25 January

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 26 January

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

Please note, this month's meetup will not be taking place at MadLab, but at Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, M13 9GB.
Saturday 28 January

Make Stuff at The Landing, Salford

Make Stuff invites you to get to grips with coding, take an introduction to the world of making, and explore some of Manchester’s best home-grown creative tech.
Sunday 29 January

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.

Manchester Girl Geeks Tea Party - Show & Tell

A non-profit group which organises networking events, talks & workshops for women and girls with an interest in Science & Technology.
Monday 30 January

Patch Manchester

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

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 31 January

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 February

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 02 February

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.

Rocket Design Workshop

We’re pleased to announce that on February 2nd we’re running our first ever rocket design workshop!
Sunday 05 February

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 February

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 February

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.

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 08 February

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 09 February

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.

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.

Manchester Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Friday 10 February
Saturday 11 February

Make Stuff at Touchstones Rochdale

Make Stuff is returning to Touchstones Rochdale this February for another day of tech, making, creating, coding and crafting.
Sunday 12 February

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 February

Seminar on EU and Brexit Funding

Euclid is now running an ongoing series of events combining an update of the background and likely options for Brexit, alongside a summary of the breadth of EU funding opportunities from 2017-2019.

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.

CodeUp Manchester

CodeUp Manchester provides free and friendly coding tuition.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Tuesday 14 February

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 15 February

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 February

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.

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.
Friday 17 February

Make Stuff @ Gallery Oldham

Make Stuff is returning to Gallery Oldham this February for another day of tech, making, creating, coding and crafting.
Saturday 18 February

Make Stuff Workshops @ Gallery Oldham

We're running in-depth tech, coding and making workshops at Gallery Oldham this Saturday.
Monday 20 February

Make Stuff @ Bury Art Gallery

Make Stuff is returning to Bury Art Gallery this February for another day of tech, making, creating, coding and crafting.

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.

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 21 February

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.

Manchester Free Software

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

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 22 February

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 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

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.

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.
Tuesday 28 February

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

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 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

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

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

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

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™

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.

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.
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

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!
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.
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

Make Stuff returns for 2017!

Posted by Team MadLab, 5 days 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 […]

MadLab Postcode Survey

Posted by Team MadLab, 6 days 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, 15 days 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!

New Courses for a New Year!

Posted by Claire Dodd, 26 days ago

Well then! 2016 has been interesting ain’t it! Nevermind, 2017 is almost here, onwards and upwards and all that jazz….. We’re back next year with tons of courses for your educational pleasure.

Seminar on EU and Brexit Funding at MadLab!

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

Monday 13 February, 2pm Euclid is now running an ongoing series of events combining an update of the background and likely options for Brexit, alongside a summary of the breadth of EU funding opportunities from 2017-2019. There will be a seminar on Brexit and EU funding opportunities at Madlab on Monday 13 February at 2pm.

Code Club moves to MadLab HQ!

Posted by Claire Dodd, about 1 month ago

After two brilliant years of Code Club Salford, we’re moving to MadLab HQ in Manchester city centre! Did you know: That Code Club Salford was the very first Code Club that wasn’t held in a school? Cool eh?

Digital Activism Workshop Roundup

Posted by Dave Carter, about 1 month 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.

Wanted: Technology Mentor

Posted by Johnny McQuade, about 1 month 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.

Artful Innovation 2017

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

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