Posts Tagged ‘HACMan’

Ho-Ho-Holiday HackNight

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

HACMan Xmas

Title: Ho-Ho-Holiday HackNight
Location: MadLab
Description: HAC:Manchester are holding the first annual Ho-Ho-Holiday HackNight.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-12-21
End Time: 21:00

This is an open-to-all event, where participants will be making lovely decorations, gadgets and flashy things ready for the holiday season.

Please come along, and feel free to bring Cakes, Snacks and Drinks, and lets build some great stuff!

About HAC:Manchester

HAC:Manchester is a Hackspace Group, a community-run arts, science and technology club. We run weekly drop-in workshop sessions, providing electronics, mechanical and computing knowledge, and tools for personal and group projects.

Our aim is to provide a space where people can work on their projects, hang out socially to talk about making things, plot world domination and work together to develop their collective skills.

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Robot Hackday 2011

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Robot Hack Day

Title: Robot Hackday 2011
Location: MadLab
Description: Bring your old electronic junk and toys down to Madlab. Take them apart and put them back together again as… robots!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-10-22
End Time: 16:00
Price: Free
Suitable: All ages
Booking: Essential, Places are limited

It’s that time of year again!
MadLab will be hosting our famous annual Robot Hackday during the Manchester Science Festival 2011.
Robot Hackday 2010
Our special activity for this year is building BEAM BOTS!
For those who don’t know: BEAM is an acronym standing for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics

Biology It’s tough to beat 4 billion years of evolution; the world around us is a wonderful source of inspiration and education. Bear in mind, of course, that unlike Mother Nature, you also have the advantage of gears, motors, bearings, and good glues!

Electronics It kind of goes without saying, but this is what we’ll use to drive our creations. BEAM robots, though are normally created from simple analogue circuits. Here’s the key: small and understandable circuits, that can be surprisingly complex in behaviour.

Aesthetics This just means your creations should look good! There will be prizes for the best Robots….looking good might help!

Mechanics This is the less-than-obvious secret of many successful BEAM bots…less if often more!

We hope you will join us making the BEAM Bots…..but if you like you can bring any electronics / robotics project down on the day and get some help and feedback from our hackers.

Work on your own or team up with others – there will be prizes at the end of the day for the best entries. Don’t worry if your robot building skills are not up to scratch, we have experts to guide you in your robot creation and there will be some special guests present also!

Experts on hand to help out during the day include HACMan, Adrian McEwen, Oomlout and others, don’t be shy. Get thinking creatively and we hope to see you there!

Here are some photos from past Robot Hackdays in 2010 & 2009 to get you inspired in the meantime.

Makers of MadLab

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We are proud to present the makers of MadLab – Fashion Hackers and HACMan. These groups show that MadLab is not only about the virtual, but attracts groups who want to make something with their hands. Different but similar, these groups gather those interested in inventing, designing and making things, hands-on projects joining fun and need. The benefits of coming together in a shared space are are not hard to point out – starting from sharing equipment ending with the idea that doing things together may lead to bigger-greater ideas than tinkering alone. (more…)

Handmade at Victoria Baths

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

“Lets make something new for Handmade at FuturEverything”
“Oh and make sure it has water”
“Ok.  wait, what?”
“It’s at Victoria Baths”
“I see…”

- [paraphrased] Conversation at Maker Faire

We mooted quite a few different project ideas in the following weeks, from the obscenely complex (multitouch swimming pool simulator) ot the obscenely difficult (dripping water + strobe + vision recognition), and finally settled on crossing a theremin with a fountain to make something ludicrously big, wet & loud!

Handmade at FutureEverything from Madlab on Vimeo.

We used a 800w fountain pump (aka the uberpump, aka that stupidly oversized pump you bought because it was cheap), a few meters of hose, 2 sheets of plywood, way too much paint, a powered speaker set, a modified drawdio kit (leftover from Music Hack Day), about 200 screws, and 2 weeks of work to build it, totally worth it!

The copper bar on the front of the machine is connected to one of the drawdio probe pins, the other is connected to a coil of wire inside the hose opening. The user grabs the copper bar, and puts their hand in the stream. The resistance of the user’s body plus the resistance of the water in between the opening and their hand changes the pitch of the drawdio’s output, which is directly connected to the input of the amp.

Software Freedom Day

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Manchester Free Software

Title: Software Freedom Day
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2011-09-17
End Time: 17:00

“Firefox. Linux. Ubuntu. Want to learn more about these and the massive
amount of other Free Software? Then come to Software Freedom Day 2011 in
Manchester at Madlab on Saturday, 17th September. 11am-5pm.”

Software Freedom Day is an annual world wide celebration of Software
Freedom with the aim of promoting Free Software to everyone. This year
the event lands on Saturday, 17th September. You can see the teams
around the world that will be participating at:
This includes Manchester, UK!

Helping out
There are several ways:

  • If you know people and/or groups that would be interested in finding out more about Free Software then please forward this email to them and encourage them to attend. You can use our tag line:
  • “Firefox. Linux. Ubuntu. Want to learn more about these and the massive amount of other Free Software? Then come to Software Freedom Day 2011 in Manchester at Madlab on Saturday, 17th September. 11am-5pm.”
  • Manchester Free Software are working with HACMan, ManLUG, green h and others on the event and we would like to work with more groups wanting to help out. So if you or your group want to help out then please send an email to .
  • If you use Free Software, even it is on Windows or MacOS, and would like to show new people how you use it and explain why you like Free Software then please send an email to and help out on the day.

The event will take place at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. “(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)”. The venue provides wifi. After the event we will go for drinks
and food to continue the informal discussions. This will be at location(s) decided on the day.

Parking: There are parking meter bays on the street but its very expensive, only really good for a short stop. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on
. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP
. If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale .

Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

Further details at:

More Information
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.


This event is sponsored by theBCS, find out more about BCS, The Chatered Institute for IT, at and

BCS Manchester