Manchester Digital Laboratory is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester, UK.

MadLab at PLANT NOMA
Redfern, Dantzic Street
NOMA, Manchester
M60 0AE
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+44 (0)161 839 6324

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Monday 21 May

Making It Digital: Laser Cutting for Manufacturing

In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of laser cutting and it’s common uses in manufacturing.

Manchester Lambda Lounge

A monthly language-agnostic meetup to talk about and popularise new ways of thinking about computation.
Tuesday 22 May

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

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.

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Wednesday 23 May

Making It Digital: micro:bit Session 1

This beginner-friendly workshop offers an introduction to physical programming with the micro:bit – a small programmable computer with more than 10 adaptable physical features.

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.

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Thursday 24 May
Saturday 26 May

Salford and Manchester Weekend 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 29 May

Minecraft Build Challenge at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

This two hour fun, creative and hands-on workshop challenges you to work as part of a team to imagine and build a variety of objects in the world of Minecraft.

Pin Badge Design and Make at MadFabLab (for ages 6+)

During this one hour fun, hands-on and creative workshop you can let your imagination run wild and create custom pin badges to take home with you.

Claymation: Clay Animation Workshop at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

This two hour fun, creative and hands-on Clay stop-motion workshop is the perfect activity to get you to discover and show off your creative talents by creating a stop-motion animation movie.
Friday 01 June

Computer Game Design: Pixel Art at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

This two hour fun, creative and hands-on game design workshop you will discover the techniques and tools required to design your own fully functional retro 2D platform game.

3D Papercraft at MadFabLab (for ages 6+)

In this fun, creative and hands-on 3D paper craft workshop you will design, print and build your own 3D paper models.

Stop Frame Animation at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

This workshop will take you through the process of planning, building, shooting, editing and publishing stop-motion movies while bringing Lego characters to life.
Monday 04 June

Making It Digital: 3D Printing and 3D Scanning

Get to grips with the basics of 3D scanning and printing in this introductory workshop. Try out the Sense 3D scanner and learn how to convert your 3D scans into 3D printable files.
Wednesday 06 June

Making It Digital: micro:bit Session 2

Explore wearable technology through prototype castings, wearable circuits and innovative design. Experiment with a cross section of medium to create a uniquely crafted, wearable exercise machine. 
Thursday 07 June

Making It Digital: Prototyping Advice

Drop in and meet our expert facilitators, on-hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of topics.
Wednesday 13 June

Learn to Laser Cut a 3D Model at MadFabLab

Create a simple 3D model using free software and learn how to generate slices for laser cutting.
Thursday 14 June

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level
Thursday 21 June

Introduction to Vinyl Cutting: Vinyl Laptop Sticker at MadFabLab

In this three hour workshop, you'll learn the process of vinyl cutting from start to finish.
Thursday 28 June

Code-A-Drone for adults at MadFabLab

Learn how to create your own drone controller by programming commands that enable a mini drone to take off, fly, turn, do stunts, take photos and land safely.
Thursday 13 September

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 18 October

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

Our Upcoming Dune Discussion and More

Posted by Daniel Wells, 9 days ago

Hi Everybody! As you all know we meet on the third Tuesday of every month (except December). However, due to my inability to read a calendar, our May meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday this month: the 22nd. We will be discussing Dune by Frank Herbert. If you haven’t finished (or started) reading it […]

New courses announced for half term!

Posted by Team MadLab, 9 days ago

Our friends at MakoEducation will be bringing some special half-term courses to the shiny new MadFabLab. 

MadLab and PLANT NOMA announce new collaboration

Posted by Team MadLab, 27 days ago

MadLab and PLANT NOMA are thrilled to announce we’re joining forces! From May 4, MadLab will be running its community activities at PLANT NOMA – just a stone’s throw away at Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE.

Making it Digital: Free digital fabrication workshops for women

Posted by Team MadLab, 27 days ago

We’ve just announced our Making it Digital programme – a series of free digital fabrication workshops and courses designed to equip unemployed and underemployed women with skills to kickstart careers, launch businesses and open up new job opportunities in technology and beyond!

3 Month Internship position at MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Are you 24 or under and long-term unemployed (minimum of three months), and not currently in education or training? Do you use MadLab, and live in Manchester? Are you available to start immediately? If so, an exceptional opportunity has arisen to join the team.

Fire the laser! Three new course dates announced

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

We’ve just announced three laser cutting courses to be held in MadFabLab! Ideal for anyone who wants to get to grips with the laser cutter and see their designs come to life. 

Work For MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

We’re always looking for people who can bring in their experience, expertise, and passion to grow MadLab.

REVIEW: Introduction to Arduino

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

Last weekend MadFabLab was filled with the sound of the Imperial March from Star Wars courtesy of our Introduction to Arduino course. Participants were welcomed into the exciting world of micro computing. It may be small in size, but this bit of kit certainly has a lot to offer!

New WordPress course dates with co-founder Mike Little!

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

Good news everybody. We have just announced five more WordPress courses with co-founder Mike Little! If you’re looking to create your own website, build on the skills you already have, or take them to the next level,  then we have the courses for you.