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

Redfern, Dantzic Street
NOMA, Manchester
M60 0AE
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+44 (0) 789 427 8487

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Monday 18 June

Short Story Writing Group

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

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 19 June

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.
Wednesday 20 June

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 21 June

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!

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.
Saturday 30 June

Manchester Linux User Group

ManLUG is a group of GNU/Linux users from in and around Manchester who meet up regularly to discuss Linux and the GNU operating system.
Monday 02 July

Mad Graphic Novel Group

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.
Saturday 07 July

3D Printing Workshop at MadFabLab

Intrigued by 3D printing, but don’t know where to start?
Wednesday 25 July

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.
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
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

3 Month Internship position at MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 8 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.

MadLab has moved!

Posted by Team MadLab, 27 days 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,,, or

Our Upcoming Dune Discussion and More

Posted by Daniel Wells, about 1 month 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, about 1 month 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, about 1 month 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, 3 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. 

Work For MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 months 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, 3 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, 3 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.