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

Tuesday 30 August

Manchester Women's Design Group

Manchester Women's Design Group was set up to promote a built environment accessible to all genders.

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 31 August

EtsyMCR

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!

The Common Room - Community Music Project

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Thursday 01 September

Northern Quarter Cycle Hub Launch Event

Join us for the launch of our brand new community Cycle Hub!

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.
Saturday 03 September

MAKE STUFF Oldham

We invite you to MAKE STUFF: a free coding, making and tech event for all ages at Gallery Oldham.
Monday 05 September

Drake Music Innovation Lab North

Drake Music are experts in special educational needs and disability (SEND) music delivery and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making.
Tuesday 06 September

Bokeh_Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.
Wednesday 07 September

North West Playtesters

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

MancJS

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 08 September

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.
Saturday 10 September

MAKE STUFF Trafford

We invite you to MAKE STUFF: a free coding, making and tech event for all ages at St John's Centre, Old Trafford
Monday 12 September

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

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.
Tuesday 13 September

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.

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.
Wednesday 14 September

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Meteor Manchester

Meteor (AKA MeteorJS) is an open-source real-time Javascript web application framework built on top of node.js.

Manchester Go

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

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.
Thursday 15 September

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.
Monday 19 September

7 languages in 7 days - HTML & CSS

Learn how to create websites by structuring and styling your pages with HTML and CSS. Explore the fundamentals of web development in this introductory course.

7 languages in 7 days - Javascript

Learn the fundamentals of Javascript, the programming language of the web. Explore the basics of Javascript and code your very first game in this introductory course.

Short Story Writing Group

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

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.

Android Manchester

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

Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.
Tuesday 20 September

7 languages in 7 days - Python

Get to grips with the fundamentals of programming using the Python language. Learn about data types, inputs, outputs and how to define functions.

7 languages in 7 days - Ruby

Learn to program in Ruby, a flexible language used to create websites.

North West Playtesters

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

Sci-Fi Book Club - The Three Body Problem (Part 1)

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 21 September

7 languages in 7 days - Arduino

Have a go at coding with electronics in this taster session workshop. Learn to connect & configure the arduino, upload programs, prototype circuits & interest with different components.

Patch: Manchester

Patch:Manchester is a couple of hours, every month, where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.

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 22 September

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.

Build your first website with WordPress

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

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or just never been happy with the one you have, start here.
Friday 23 September

7 languages in 7 days - Coding Social

It's Friday! Take a load off and prepare for the weekend with our evening coding social. Beginners and seasoned developers are welcome to join us for pizza, drinks, and informal coding chat.
Monday 26 September

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.

Scala Manchester

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

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 27 September

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 28 September

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!

The Common Room

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.
Thursday 29 September

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.
Friday 30 September

Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

A hack for makers to explore how health data can be turned into sounds, beats and music - Mixer and team formation
Saturday 01 October

XP Manchester

XP Manchester is a language agnostic software development user group with the prime directive of making software developers work smarter.

Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

A hack for makers to explore how health data can be turned into sounds, beats and music - Hack, judging and prizes
Monday 03 October

Drake Music

Drake Music 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 October

Bokeh_Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.
Wednesday 05 October

North West Playtesters

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

MancJS

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Led by Liz Hardwick

If you're looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!
Thursday 06 October

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

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Sunday 09 October

Manchester Girl Geeks

A non-profit group which organises networking events, talks & workshops for women and girls with an interest in Science & Technology.
Monday 10 October

Kotlin Manchester

A meetup for anyone interested in the Kotlin language.

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

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.
Tuesday 11 October

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.

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.
Wednesday 12 October

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

Meteor Manchester

Meteor (AKA MeteorJS) is an open-source real-time Javascript web application framework built on top of node.js.

Manchester Go

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

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.
Thursday 13 October

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 October

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 18 October

North West Playtesters

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

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.

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.

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 19 October

Patch: Manchester

Patch:Manchester is a couple of hours, every month, where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.

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 20 October

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!

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Monday 24 October

CodeUp Stockport

CodeUp Stockport provides free and friendly adult coding tuition.
Tuesday 25 October

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 October

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!

The Common Room

This Open Jam session is an opportunity to create music, make friends, build bonds and enjoy the root of what sparked us all to start playing music in the first place.
Thursday 27 October

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.

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.
Monday 31 October

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Saturday 15 October

Introduction to Arduino

A one-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn to get started with your own digital-physical products using Arduino hardware.
Saturday 22 October

Game Dev 101

Led by BAFTA award-winning Dan Hett

A one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
Saturday 29 October

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

A two-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn the need-to-know essentials for making your very own Internet of Things project in this two-day course.
Thursday 03 November

ADDITIONAL DATE: Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Saturday 05 November

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Led by Liz Hardwick

If you’re looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!
Thursday 17 November

Advanced WordPress

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

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you.
Saturday 03 December

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

A two-day course with MadLab's hacker-in-residence Asa Calow

Learn the need-to-know essentials for making your very own Internet of Things project in this two-day course.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

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National Coding Week 2016 – 7 languages in 7 days

Posted by Claire Dodd, 4 days ago

Last year, MadLab and CodeUp got together to celebrate National Coding Week. This award-winning partnership hosted five coding workshops and trained almost 100 people!

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Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

Posted by Team MadLab, 5 days ago

Calling all makers and Arduino enthusiasts! Collecting data about our activity, health and well-being has never been easier. Steps, heart rate and sleep data is all at the touch of your fingers thanks to the latest smart watch, phone or gadget.

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Bringing real-life treasure hunting to EMF Camp

Posted by Claire Dodd, 5 days ago

EMF is a non-profit UK camping festival for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things: hackers, artists, geeks, crafters, scientists, and engineers.

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Manufacturing machines of the future near you

Posted by Claire Dodd, 5 days ago

We’ve been in China for the last fortnight, introducing some of our local digital ‘making’ community to Chinese manufacturers. Each year members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather for a conference to share, collaborate, explore and, of course, fabricate!

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Learning how to code and why it is so important

Posted by Team MadLab, 7 days ago

Following the Rails Girls workshop in mid August, attendees ‘Female Disruptors’ wrote this insightful blog post…. It’s very early on a Saturday morning and a quiet street in Manchester looks a bit out of place.

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Manchester SciFi Book Club: Next Round of Books

Posted by Daniel Wells, 9 days ago

Hi Everybody Our next round of books is as follows: 20th Sep – The Three Body Problem (Part 1) by Cixin Liu (416 pages) 18th Oct – Foreigner by CJ Cherryh (432 pages) 15th Nov – Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw (400 pages) 17th Jan – Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (304 pages) 21st Feb […]

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Northern Quarter Cycle Hub Launch

Posted by Claire Dodd, 11 days ago

Join us for the launch of our brand new community Cycle Hub! Brought to you with support from TFGM, MadLab is pleased to offer facilities for cyclists in the Northern Quarter.

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Government Funding Workshop – Grants and R&D Tax Credits, by GrantTree

Posted by Claire Dodd, 13 days ago

GrantTree and MadLab are hosting an Government Funding Workshop on the 23rd August, focusing on grants and R&D Tax Credits. The event will explore these two invaluable ways of gaining access to funds for your business and each attendee will leave with real, actionable advice for their specific case.