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

Redfern, Dantzic Street
NOMA, Manchester
M60 0AE
Find Us

+44 (0) 789 427 8487

Upcoming Events

Now and next at MadLab

Saturday 26 May

*POSTPONED* 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.
Monday 04 June

Making It Digital: 3D Printing and 3D Scanning

Get to grips with the basics of 3D scanning and printing in this introductory workshop. Try out the Sense 3D scanner and learn how to convert your 3D scans into 3D printable files.

NS Manchester

A group of people in the Manchester area with an interest in iOS or Mac Development.
Tuesday 05 June

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 06 June

Making It Digital: micro:bit Session 2

Explore wearable technology through prototype castings, wearable circuits and innovative design. Experiment with a cross section of medium to create a uniquely crafted, wearable exercise machine. 

North West Playtesters

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


Manc.JS is Manchester's monthly JavaScript user group.
Thursday 07 June

Making It Digital: Prototyping Advice

Drop in and meet our expert facilitators, on-hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of topics.

Manchester InfoSec

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


Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Monday 11 June

Mad Graphic Novel Group

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

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.
Tuesday 12 June

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 13 June

Rethink Mental Illness

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.


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

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

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.

Intermediate WordPress

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

Take your WordPress site to the next level
Saturday 16 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 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 07 July

3D Printing Workshop at MadFabLab

Intrigued by 3D printing, but don’t know where to start?
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.
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

Latest News

Updates, opinions & ephemera from the MadLab hivemind

MadLab has moved!

Posted by Team MadLab, 3 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, 14 days 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!

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.

Fire the laser! Three new course dates announced

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 month 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, about 1 month 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, 2 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, 2 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.