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 01 August

NS MANCHESTER

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 02 August

Bipolar UK

A group for people 18-25 who're affected by, or concerned about, bipolar.

Bokeh Yeah!

A monthly get together of DSLR video makers to share camera knowledge, demonstrate kit and techniques, showcase and critique films.
Wednesday 03 August

NW Playtesters

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

Manchester Java Script

Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 04 August

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.
Monday 08 August

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 August

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.

North West Drupal User Group

A monthly meetup, featuring expert help and demonstrations of the Drupal content management platform.
Wednesday 10 August

SpecFic

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

Meteor Manchester User Group

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 Local Group Meeting

Amnesty International works to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
Thursday 11 August

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 Space Programme

The Manchester Space Programme is a community initiative for anyone interested in space and space-related activities.
Friday 12 August

Rail Girls

The Rails Girls pre-workshop installation party - The aim of Rails Girls is to provide tools and a community for women to understand technology, and to build their ideas.
Saturday 13 August

Rail Girls

The Rails Girls Manchester workshop day - The aim of Rails Girls is to provide tools and a community for women to understand technology, and to build their ideas.
Monday 15 August

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.

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 August

NW Playtesters Salford

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

Sci-Fi Book Club - A Princess of Mars

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 August

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 August

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 NW

Python North West is a user group for the Python programming language. Welcoming Pythoneers and Pythonistas of all levels and ages!
Saturday 20 August

MAKE STUFF Bury

We invite you to MAKE STUFF: a free coding, making and tech event for all ages at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.
Monday 22 August

Scala Manchester

Scala is an "object-functional" programming language for general software applications. All skill-levels of Scala developer welcome!
Tuesday 23 August

SpecFic

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

Code Club Volunteer Meetup

An opportunity for Salford children to get their first taste of programming, teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.
Thursday 25 August

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 29 August

Startup Yoga

Free yoga classes for all levels. New to yoga? Want to unplug? Experienced yogi? This is for you.
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.
Thursday 01 September

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.
Saturday 03 September

MAKE STUFF Oldham

We invite you to MAKE STUFF: a free coding, making and tech event for all ages at All Souls Bolton.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Thursday 22 September

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.
Wednesday 05 October

Introduction to HTML and CSS coding

A HTML & CSS course, led by Liz Hardwick

If you're looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!
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.
Tuesday 18 October

Bid Writing

Bid writing course, 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 20 October

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Saturday 22 October

Game Dev 101

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.
Saturday 05 November

Introduction to HTML and CSS coding

A HTML & CSS course, 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, 5 days ago

plus two frameworks, a versions control system, and an unconference….. 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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Adventures in (near) SPAAACE

Posted by Claire Dodd, 11 days ago

Earlier this month we packed off Chief Kitten Herder Claire to help Wigan Council, and two local borough schools launch a High Altitude Balloon (HAB).

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Make Stuff: Call for Volunteers!

Posted by Team MadLab, 16 days ago

MAKE STUFF: Call for Volunteers! Do you love getting creative? Or getting hands-on with tech? Want to learn new skills, or gain events experience? Then we’d love to hear from you! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get stuck-in and assist MadLab in the successful delivery of MAKE STUFF. 

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Announcing MAKE STUFF Touchstones Rochdale!

Posted by Janneke Earl, 24 days ago

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ Saturday 23rd July 10am – 4.30pm We invite you to MAKE STUFF: a free coding, making and tech event for all ages at Touchstones in Rochdale on Saturday 23rd July. Drop by and play on the Awkward Arcade – a real-life experimental video arcade, play on PatternCraft a […]

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What it’s like to volunteer at MadLab

Posted by Claire Dodd, 27 days ago

Written by Alice Chambers (19), MadLab volunteer My time at MadLab… The name of the company is short for Manchester Digital Laboratory. Although it may not look like a typical lab when you walk in, once you see their work, you can see that experimentation is exactly what they are all about.

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Building Towards The Bonsai Boutique

Posted by Claire Dodd, 27 days ago

Written by Lawrence Molloy, A&T Resident Through the Arts+Tech accelerator programme I have been exploring traces and ephemera through invisible sculptures and objects that return to oblivion.

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Manchester SciFi Book Club: Dauntless by Jack Campbell

Posted by Daniel Wells, 30 days ago

“Captain John Black Jack Geary s legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic last stand in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance Fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndic.Appalled […]

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Warp Festival @ The Whitworth

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Saturday 25th June brought us day one of the Warp Festival – a weekend jam packed full of art and music which took place beneath the trees of the Whitworth Art Gallery.

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MadLab’s Arts+Tech Accelerator Bears Fruit

Posted by Janneke Earl, about 1 month ago

Oomlout have made a special post about our Arts+Tech accelerator‘s Open Studio event. “Considering the short time the programme has been running, we’re thrilled to see these and other projects bearing fruit – and excited to see what else comes out of the accelerator in the future.” Read the whole text here.