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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Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Monday 23 July

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.

Patch: Manchester

Patch Manchester: where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.
Tuesday 24 July

Manchester Speculative Fiction

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

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.
Wednesday 25 July

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!

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.

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.
Wednesday 01 August

North West Playtesters

A meetup with friendly and like-minded game designers, to playtest each other’s games.
Thursday 02 August

Manchester InfoSec

A meetup for anyone interested in any side of information security focused on collaboration and sharing knowledge.
Friday 03 August

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 Paper Craft 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 06 August

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. 
Wednesday 08 August

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 09 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.
Monday 13 August

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Tuesday 14 August

North West Drupal User Group

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

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.
Wednesday 15 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.
Thursday 16 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.

Python North West

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

Short Story Writing Group

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

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.
Tuesday 21 August

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 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.

Manchester Free Software

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Wednesday 22 August

Manchester Grey Hats

Manchester Grey Hats is a place for all those interested in hacking and cyber security to learn and share.
Monday 27 August

Patch: Manchester

Patch Manchester: where the open source community gets together and contributes to software.
Tuesday 28 August

Manchester Speculative Fiction

A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Wednesday 29 August

Café Scientifique

A place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Saturday 08 September

Introduction to Making MIDI Devices with Arduino at MadFabLab

Learn how to create your own midi controllers using Arduino on this half-day workshop.
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.
Friday 21 September

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.
Saturday 13 October

Creative Coding with Processing at MadFabLab

Learn the Java-based programming language Processing on this four-hour workshop, perfect for both artistic and educational purposes.
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
Thursday 15 November

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

Making It Digital – Afternoon Sessions in July!

Posted by Team MadLab, 25 days ago

We are pleased to announce that we will be running two daytime workshops, as a follow-up to our Making It Digital programme. We are offering FREE spaces to the workshops run by Gemma May Latham, our brilliant MadLab maker, for unemployed and underemployed women based in Manchester (not Greater Manchester). If you’d like more information […]

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.

MadLab has moved!

Posted by Team MadLab, 2 months ago

MadLab has moved home! Our new permanent address is PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M60 0AE – we don’t have a phone yet so you’re best sending us an email to office@madlab.org.uk, hire@madlab.org.uk, learn@madlab.org.uk, or fab@madlab.org.uk

Our Upcoming Dune Discussion and More

Posted by Daniel Wells, 2 months 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 […]

MadLab and PLANT NOMA announce new collaboration

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 months 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, 3 months 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!

Fire the laser! Three new course dates announced

Posted by Team MadLab, 4 months 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.