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

Thursday 26 April

Tech & Tea at 117 Clegs Lane

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.
Saturday 28 April

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.
Sunday 29 April

Manchester Girl Geeks

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

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.
Tuesday 01 May

Manchester Angular Workshop

Manchester Angular Workshop is a forum for coders keen to get to grips with a relatively new platform for web app development.
Wednesday 02 May

North West Playtesters

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

Manc.JS

Manc.JS is Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 03 May

Tech & Tea at 117 Clegs Lane

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

Manchester InfoSec

A meetup for anyone interested in any side of information security focused on collaboration and sharing knowledge.

North West Technical Communicators

Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Monday 07 May

NS Manchester

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

Scientific Self Improvement

Using science, philosophy and pragmatism to build a better world for ourselves and others. 
Tuesday 08 May

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 09 May

Rethink Mental Illness Manchester Group

A volunteer run support group for anyone in Manchester who is affected by severe mental illness, whether as a carer or service user.

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 10 May

Tech & Tea at 117 Clegs Lane

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

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.
Saturday 12 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.

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

Try your hand at coding with electronics
Monday 14 May

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.
Tuesday 15 May

Effective Altruism

Whether you've only just heard of Effective Altruism, or a die-hard Effective Altruist, this group is a friendly meetup always welcoming new members.

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 16 May

Making It Digital: Meet a Maker – Gemma Latham

Gemma May Latham is a participatory artist/maker who interprets textiles through digital and analogue processes. Gemma creates interventions and installations that explore traditional craft skills.

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.

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 17 May

Tech & Tea at 117 Clegs Lane

Tech & Tea is a digital skills project for over 65s, funded by the Salford Together Integrated Care Programme.

Making It Digital: Laser Cut Acrylic Jewellery

Join us to learn the principles of creating laser cut acrylic jewellery, from design through to production. Perfect for budding designers and makers who want to create unique products in this versatile medium.

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!

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
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.
Thursday 24 May
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.

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

MadLab and PLANT NOMA announce new collaboration

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 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, 2 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, 15 days 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, 28 days 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, 30 days 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, about 1 month 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, about 1 month 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.

LEGO Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month ago

Last week we hosted our first animation workshop with MakoEducation in the MadFabLab, and we think we had some future Pixar employees in our midst!

Guest Blog: Big Ideas Generators Hands-on 3D printing by Andy Powell

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

Yesterday I delivered one of the Big Ideas Generators Hands-on 3d printing workshops for Madlab, this is part of a program held at libraries all over Manchester introducing people to TinkerCad and the Ultimaker 2 which is now available in a number of Manchester’s Libraries.