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Build cool kits with Mitch Altman (Saturday)

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Title: Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Price: £2

Book a place.

Dates: 02-05-2015
Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 17:00

Description:
Mitch Altman is back and we’re running one of his famous workshops: Making (Various) Cool Kits. Mitch has taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things with microcontrollers – at workshops, hacker spaces, hacker conferences and schools. If you’ve ever been curious about electronics, this is the workshop for you.

Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. And it’s fun. And easy. And may involve turning off TVs in the Arndale Centre*. You can learn to make something cool with electronics in one workshop, then you get to take your project home with you!

It is totally OK to come late. Stay as little or as long as you like. Most projects take between 1 and 2 hours.

Come and Join us

You don’t need to know anything about electronics, there’s no requirement to bring complicated kit or know which end of a soldering iron is which (although we will make sure you know that by the end of the session). All ages are welcome, children please make sure you’ve remembered to bring an adult with you.

Mitch brings lots of kits with him which cost between £10 and £20 each:

But who is Mitch?

If you’re not already an active member of the geek scene you might not have heard of Mitch. He’s brains behind Cornfield Electronics, and one of the co-founders of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. Mitch is best known as the inventor of TV-B-Gone, but his list of great hacks and cool electronics includes a lot of other great projects. When he is not at Noisebridge building awesome and amazing things, he is on the road from hackerspace to Hacker-Con and back again, sharing his love of electronics.

You can also check Mitch’s TEDx talk here: The Hackerspace Movement: Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels

* MadLab is very responsible and does not condone this sort of behaviour

Booking

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@vintage.madlab.org.uk

Build cool kits with Mitch Altman (Sunday)

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Title: Build cool kits with Mitch Altman

Location: MadLab Salford, 216 Chapel Street, Bexley Square, M3 6BY

This venue is ‘to be confirmed’ and may change at a later date.

Price: £2

Book a place.

Dates: 03-05-2015
Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 17:00

Description:
Mitch Altman is back and we’re running one of his famous workshops: Making (Various) Cool Kits. Mitch has taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things with microcontrollers – at workshops, hacker spaces, hacker conferences and schools. If you’ve ever been curious about electronics, this is the workshop for you.

Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. And it’s fun. And easy. And may involve turning off TVs in the Arndale Centre*. You can learn to make something cool with electronics in one workshop, then you get to take your project home with you!

It is totally OK to come late. Stay as little or as long as you like. Most projects take between 1 and 2 hours.

Come and Join us

You don’t need to know anything about electronics, there’s no requirement to bring complicated kit or know which end of a soldering iron is which (although we will make sure you know that by the end of the session). All ages are welcome, children please make sure you’ve remembered to bring an adult with you.

Mitch brings lots of kits with him which cost between £10 and £20 each:

But who is Mitch?

If you’re not already an active member of the geek scene you might not have heard of Mitch. He’s brains behind Cornfield Electronics, and one of the co-founders of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. Mitch is best known as the inventor of TV-B-Gone, but his list of great hacks and cool electronics includes a lot of other great projects. When he is not at Noisebridge building awesome and amazing things, he is on the road from hackerspace to Hacker-Con and back again, sharing his love of electronics.

You can also check Mitch’s TEDx talk here: The Hackerspace Movement: Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels

* MadLab is very responsible and does not condone this sort of behaviour

Booking

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@vintage.madlab.org.uk

Intermediate WordPress with Mike Little (WP co-founder)

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
WordPress

WordPress

Title: Intermediate WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: A course designed to improve the skills of those who already know the basics of WordPress. Are you ready to take your WordPress site to the next level?

Date: 14 & 15-05-2015 (Thursday & Friday
From 10:00 to 16:30

Price: £300

Book a place.

 

 

Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation, learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices, and begin to unleash the full potential of the platform from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month of free hosting which you can use for experimenting if you wish, however, you’re welcome to work on your own site if you’d prefer. At the end of the course, you’ll be confident your site is professional quality and working its hardest for you.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but you don’t have to as we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Total beginners should try our WordPress for Beginners course.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
  3. Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
  4. Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
  5. Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
  6. The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
  7. Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
  8. CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
  9. Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
  10. Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

  1. Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
  2. Caching: Make your site fly!
  3. Exercise: Security and caching plugins
  4. SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
  5. Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
  6. Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
  7. Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
  8. E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
  9. More useful tools and plugins

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too however, for part of the course you will need Firefox or Google Chrome
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers:

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Book your place now:

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@vintage.madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Advanced WordPress with WP co-founder Mike Little

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
WordPress

Advanced WordPress

Title: Advanced WordPress
Location: MadLab
Description: This advanced course takes your WordPress skills to the next level.

Date: 18 to 19-06-2015
From 10:00 to 16:30

Price: £400

Book a place.

 

 

 

If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you. Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients. From customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building WordPress sites or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will help those wanting to take control of your current WordPress site and fully understand its capabilities. Marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further will also benefit, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

If this all sounds a bit scary you might want to consider our intermediate or beginners WordPress courses.

What you need to be familiar with.

You don’t need any programming experience, however a little CSS knowledge is useful. You will also need to know how to use a text editor and a FTP programme.

Course syllabus

Day one

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes
  3. Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme
  4. Exercise: Let’s create a child theme
  5. Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code
  6. Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven
  7. E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce
  8. Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets
  9. Advanced content plugins: Types and views

Day two

  1. Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities
  2. Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network
  3. Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter
  4. Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins
  5. Production tools: Branding the admin screens
  6. Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more
  7. Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins
  8. Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Equipment you’ll need

  • Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will need a modern web browser, an FTP client and a text editor (see below). Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
  • You will need a text editor. We suggest:
  • You will need a FTP program. We suggest – FileZilla
  • You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses
  • If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you

Costs

The course costs £400 (inclusive of VAT).

This covers:

  • two days tuition
  • lunch and refreshments on both days
  • an electronic copy of the teaching materials
  • one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site

About the course tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Booking

Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced, please contact office@vintage.madlab.org.uk

Cancellation Policy:

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Title: Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy

Location: MadLab

Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

Date: 04-07-2015
Times:
Morning session: 09:00 to 13:00
Evening session: 15:00 to 19:00

Book a place.

The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 4-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a mouse, and wire up its limbs.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their mice. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your mice into a fun parody of human life.

About the Course Leader

Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com.

Costs

The course costs £65. This is a beginners course so you don’t need to bring anything with you, all chemicals and equipment are provided.

Should you wish to do more taxidermy we will have starter kits, including all the equipment you need (with the exception of mice), available for purchase on the day.

At the end of the course you will leave with your very own anthropomorphic taxidermy mouse. Refreshments are provided.

Booking

You can book a place via Eventbrite:

Alternatively, you can email us at office@vintage.madlab.org.uk, if you would prefer to be invoiced (please make sure you let us know which session you would like to book for).

Cancellation Policy

MadLab completely understands that stuff can crop up that’s completely beyond your control.

That’s why, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight, we will do out best to resell the ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we are only able to offer 50% off the course price.