MadLab in the Media

Highlights of some of the places MadLab has been featured over the years. Seen these? Wait, there’s more!

Print & Online

Is Northern Quarter in danger of becoming just another Shoreditch?
Manchester Confidential, July 2018

How 3D printing can be used by the property industry
PlaceTech, April 2018

Can Manchester become the next Silicon Valley?
Living Smart, October 2017

Crafts are child’s play for half term
The Telegraph, October 2017

Welcome to the Northern Quarter tech hub mad on boosting science
Manchester Evening News, September 2017

Profile of MadLab, Manchester’s Digital Laboratory 
Greater Manchester Business Week Magazine, September 2017

10 Unusual Workshops and Hobbies to Try in Manchester
Manchester Confidential, August 2017

Can Karachi’s Civil Society Create More Inclusive Public Spaces?
Progrss, July 2017

Does ‘making’ really matter?
RSA, July 2017

Making Tech Accessible with Manchester’s MadLab
Progrss, July 2017

Manchester: The rebirth of a city through creative branding
Progrss, June 2017

Big Chip Awards 2017: Winners
Manchester Evening News, June 2017

Karachi-Manchester nano festival lights up Rambagh Quarters
Dawn, May 2017

Technology comes alive for Karachiites at DIY City
The Express Tribune, May 2017

Manchester has a MadLab: but what is it?
Manchester Confidential, April 2017

Manchester After Hours 2017: programme announced
The Skinny, April 2017

Manchester After Hours – the city’s museums and galleries let loose after dark
Confidentials Manchester, April 2017

MadLab, an under-appreciated part of Manchester’s tech scene, is expanding
Tech North, April 2017

CodeUp Attendee Spotlight – Amanda Tjernlund
CodeUp Manchester, April 2017

20 things you didn’t know you could do in Manchester
iNews, March 2017

Break the mould: ‘Incorporate creative chaos into your work’
The Express Tribune, October 2016

A Fab new space where creatives can get to work
Manchester Evening News, October 2016

Free adult coding sessions launched at the Media Centre
Yorkshire Business Daily, October 2016

MadLab starts free digital skills training for Salford people
Salford Star, October 2016

Manchester techies lead the way for National Coding Week
I Love MCR, September 2016

Top 100 co-working spaces in the UK
Great British Entrepreneur Awards, September 2016

Talking Digital – Chance to learn ‘seven languages in seven days’
Manchester Evening News, September 2016

Can you help with National Coding Week?
Electronics Weekly, August 2016

Talking Digital – Manufacturing machines of the future near you
Manchester Evening News, August 2016

Talking Digital – New tech roadshow to help you make stuff
Manchester Evening News, August 2016

Talking Digital – Cracking the code – club formed last year to help adults learn computer coding
Manchester Evening News, July 2016

Talking Digital – MadLab gives artists a way to earn a living
Manchester Evening News, April 2016

Mind the [skills] gap (pages 86 and 87)
The MagPi, April 2016

The great reinvention of Manchester: ‘It’s far more pleasant than London’
The Guardian, November 2015

Synthetic Biology: Reshaping The Future?
University Of Manchester, October 2015

Meet the UK makers and academics exploring making in China
British Council, October 2015

Your chance to get really creative – Talking Digital
Manchester Evening News, September 2015

Sir Richard Leese hails digital for spearheading revival
Insider Media Limited, August 2015

The merging of Art and Technology through new innovation programme
Arts Council England, July 2015

MadLab and The Arts Catalyst win European KiiCS award for science & art innovation
The Arts Catalyst, September 2014

Manchester Space Programme gets the green light
Manchester Evening News, August 2014

MadLab, DIYbio and the riddle of the “mystery meat”
International barcode of life Barcode Bulletin, July 2014

The Numbers Game
Creative Review, August 2013 Issue

Opening the UK’s first community-run maker store
Manchester Evening News, July 2013

Anthropomorphic Taxidermy, Workshop Review
Manchester Confidential, July 2013

Biological Literacy
NESTA, February 2013

Manchester’s MadLab spends time with the FBI
The Guardian, June 2012

Radio & TV

DIY Science
Dara O Briain’s Science Club. BBC Two, Series 2 Episode 3

Children write computer code
BBC News, 12 August 2013

File on Four. BBC Radio 4, 12 February 2012


Simon Lumb, VR Manchester
Creative England – Be More Creative Campaign, February 2018

British Council Thailand’s Creative Cities Programme
British Council – Creative Cities, February 2018

UK Creative Hubs
The Standard – Creative Cities, November 2017

Best Community Space 2017 Winner Announcement
Macc Manchester – Spirit of Manchester Awards, September 2017

Shaping Our Major Transition
The Centre Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), June 2017

The City Talking: Tech In The North
The City Talking, May 2017

Make Stuff at Stockport Digifest
MadLab at Stockport’s Central Library & Hat Museum, February 2017

MadLab: Body Beats
Delivered by The University of Manchester, video published by The Farr Institute, January 2017

Computing, Curriculum and Careers
The Sharp Project, 11th November 2016


Getting started with Arduino Uno
Geek Tech Stuff, March 2018

Big Ideas Generators Hands-on 3D Printing Workshop
Andy Powell, February 2018

The Story of Us: Heritage and Communities
Heritage Lottery Fund, January 2018

Claire Wicher, BCS Scholar 2017-2018
British Computer Society, January 2018

Design as Participation – an Interdisciplinary Approach to Activism
Habib University, November 2017

The Coolest Co-Working Spaces in Manchester
Annick Lau, The Fashion Network, November 2017

Teller: Blockchain Fortunetelling
Stuart Nolan, November 2017

Disembodied Cognition
Medium, November 2017

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Manchester
EU-Startups, August 2017

Research Priorities
Medium, July 2017

Shaping Our Major Transition
Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity- Paris, June 2017

MadLab, FabLab
Bz Skits, March 2017

Get to know Make Stuff: Powered by MadLab
The CREATE Education Project Blog, March 2017

You should Make Stuff
Evelyn Ong, January 2017

Body Beats: the art of turning health data into sound, beats and music
Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre

Ethar Alali, Medium, November 2016

Tongue-In-Cheek Museum Will Meld Science and Art
College of Letters and Science, UC Davis, October 2016

Manchester founders focused on tech success
Angela Jameson, WriteYou, October 2016

Ada Lovelace Day
Gemma Cameron, Ruby Gem Blog, October 2016

RailsGirls Workshop
Danielle Haugedal-Wilson, Coop Digital Blogs, September 2016

STOP. Collaborate and listen: Manchester’s best co-working spaces revealed
Keith Andrew, Aspire Print, August 2016

Djerassi Field Notes
Asa Calow, Leonardo Online, August 2016

Manchester Visit
China’s Creative Communities, June 2016

Doing Research in the 21st century
Tom Campbell, Arts Council England, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, May 2016

New design initiative wants to make “long-term difference” to creatives’ work
Sarah Dawood, Design Week, March 2016

The Arts and Technology Pilot Programme
Arts Council England, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, March 2016

And the winners are… National Coding Week Awards 2016
National Coding Week UK, March 2016

MadLab: Build your own mini-speaker workshop
Helena Ross, University of Manchester, December 2015

Games consoles! Speakers! Arduinos!
Ros Bell, University of Manchester, December 2015

#A.I.L – Artists in Laboratories, Episode 22: Asa and Rachael from MadLab
We Make Money Not Art, March 2013

Do Not Lick: MadLab’s DIY biology residency at Arts Catalyst
Nicola Triscott, March 2013


Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research
Keri Facer, Kate Pahl. Policy Press 2017

Designing the Internet of Things
Adrian McEwen, Hakim Cassimally. Wiley 2014

The Art of Reverse Engineering
Günther Friesinger, Jana Herwig. [ transcript ] 2014

Science Communication: A practical guide for scientists
Laura Bowater, Kay Yeoman. Wiley 2012

Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY movement
John Baichtal. New Riders 2011

What people say

“Manchester’s premier networking space” – The Skinny

“The future of science, and I’m prepared to bet several limbs on it” – Simon Werrett, UCL

“This place is an amazing community space with a wide range of activities for various ages throughout the year. Activities range from technology to foreign languages, some free and others with a small charge. This place has been a godsend to Manchester, like a school, but with more interesting subjects. I have been meeting here regularly as part of a Korean language exchange group and as a result, I have made many new friends both local and from South Korea.” – Community Group User