MadLab

A creative space for geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, innovators and idle dreamers.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday-Sunday 10am til 9pm

Admission charges

Charge depends on activity.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Body Beats

Body Beats: A musical health hack event for makers

  • 30 September — 1 October 2016 *on now

Calling all makers and Arduino enthusiasts!
Collecting data about our activity, health and well-being has never been easier. Steps, heart rate and sleep data is all at the touch of your fingers thanks to the latest smart watch, phone or gadget.

But what could your health sound like?
Could heart beats be reimagined as drum beats?
Could brain waves become sound waves?
Could step rates become basslines?

Join us at MadLab for a hack to explore these ideas and meet like-minded people from the science, tech, research and maker community. Bring your Arduino skills, creativity, and an open mind.

Free to sign up. Prizes, pizza and beer on offer! This event is for Adults (18+).

6-8pm, Friday 30th September: Mixer and team formation
10-7pm, Saturday 1st October: Hack, judging and prizes.

Brought to you by The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, in collaboration with the Manchester Robot Orchestra. Images, audio and videos will be recorded at this event for reporting and publicity purposes.

When
Friday, 30 September 2016 at 18:00 - Saturday, 1 October 2016 at 19:00 (BST)
Where
MadLab - 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.bodybeatshack.eventbrite.co.uk/

HTML

Introduction to HTML and CSS coding

  • 5 October 2016 10am-4pm

If you're looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language which supports web pages across the world, but to many, it just looks like a collection of random words, numbers and colours. This session will start you on a journey to understanding how to read HTML, write your own basic code, learn how CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) can bring your code to life, and give you lots of hints and tips on continuing your learning once the session has ended.

About the course

Over the course of the day you'll learn:

-What is coding?
-What HTML and CSS are, and why they’re important to a digital world
-The basics of the coding languages
-Some hands-on practice coding
-Building your first webpage
-Tips and tricks on how to hack your code
-What other coding languages are available

The course will start at 10:00am and finishes at 4:00pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Who is the course for?

Total beginners. You do not need to have any coding experience to attend. This course is ideal for someone who wants to get to grips with the basics of web development.

Equipment you'll need

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X 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. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

Participants will be using the brilliant free learning platform Codecademy for some practical activities, so please sign up for an account before the workshop.

Cost

The cost is £100 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

-One day of tuition
-Lunch and refreshments

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £80. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Her Twitter handle, @Tech_Geek_Girl, says it all.

Liz Hardwick is a self-confessed geek, spends most of her spare time organising and supporting a variety of local and national organisations, and is an advocate of open source technologies. Liz taught herself coding back in 2002 when she built her first website in Drupal, and is co-founder of DigiEnable, a Digital Training, SEO & Content Services Company.

Liz’s background is in broadcasting, having also spent several years creating media for a number of charities, and she is one of FlockGlobal’s Founding50. Liz is also proud to have won a National Digital Leaders award in 2014 and is a published author on Digital Storytelling.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£100

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/html-and-css-coding-oct-2016/

Arduino

Introduction to Arduino

  • 15 October 2016 10am-4pm

Arduino: the prototyping platform that launched a creative electronics revolution!

It’s the best place to start for engineers, artists, tinkerers, budding entrepreneurs, and anyone with an active curiosity in making new hardware.

Over the years Arduino has been used to make all kinds of things, from tiny wearables to large-scale interactive installations. Some personal favourites:

-LEAP - A live-action game which pits players against a laser-equipped robot security system gone rogue

-Rachael Moat creates prototypes which encourage children with severe communication and learning difficulties to interact with the world around them

-Ardu-Sat - A “low-cost space research platform”

-Analogue Synthesizer - Hacking, with Arduino and Moog
About the workshop

Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!

The workshop covers:

-Connecting and configuring an Arduino Uno, and uploading programs
-Using a breadboard to prototype circuits and interact with components through software
-An introduction to different components and how to use them
-Communicating between an Arduino and your computer
-Expanding your Arduino, and finding devices, support, and inspiration for new projects

The workshop fee includes lunch, tuition and an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to get started on a range of interesting projects.

Who is the workshop for?

This is an entry-level workshop, for those new to electronics prototyping, writing software, or both.

Basic computer skills (opening software, editing files and so on) are required, and some programming experience (e.g. Javascript or Python) is desirable.

If you are already reasonably comfortable with Arduino, please consider our Hands-on with the Internet of Things workshop. This takes a more in-depth look at how to interface Arduino with more complex components such as high-precision sensors and LED arrays.

Under-16s are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop running a recent version of Windows, Linux or Mac OS with a working USB port. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

Cost

£120 – including an ARDX Experimentation Kit.

£80 – if you already have an Arduino experimentation kit and plan to bring it on the day. Please let us know if you would like a list of components.

Your Tutor

Asa Calow is a creative technologist and co-founder of MadLab. He has been working with (and teaching) Arduino since the very beginning, with commissions including a wearable lie detector, an Oyster Card operated tarot machine, and more interactive light sculptures than you can shake a stick at. Most recently he has been using Arduino to build low-cost laboratory equipment using old lightbulbs and disk drives.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk
Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person
Please find MadLab's Cancellation Policy here.

Admission

£120

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-arduino-oct-2016/

Bid Writing

Bid Writing

  • 18 October 2016 10am-4pm

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.

You’ll understand every stage of the bid writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical Dos and Don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully prepared not just for filling in the form, but for the whole journey.

Who is this course for?

Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable for both those who have not been through the bid writing process and those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

For those with existing bids in mind…

Laura will tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids. This is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.

Course syllabus

Morning

10:00 – 11:00 Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to “doing it” to evaluation plus Dos and Don’ts, tips and tricks

Lunch

12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served

Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30 Trying your hand
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary and finish

Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

Learning outcomes:

-Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
-Understanding the bid and award process
-Understanding the use of language in bid writing
-Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications
-Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
-Confidence in completing bids
-Booking your place

Your Tutor

Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science association and this is the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public.

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£100

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/bid-writing-oct-2016/

WordPress

Intermediate WordPress with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

  • 20 — 21 October 2016 10am-4:30pm

Take your WordPress site to the next level!

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

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month's free hosting which you can use for experimenting, 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?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. 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 we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

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

Day two

-Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
-Caching: Make your site fly!
-Exercise: Security and caching plugins
-SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
-Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
-Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
-Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
-E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
-More useful tools and plugins
-Question and Answer session with Mike

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).

Equipment you’ll need:

-Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
-Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
-Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
-An external mouse if you prefer using one.
-If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost

The course is £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, to test and refine your site

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Mike Little 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 your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:
-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-oct-2016/

Game Dev 101

Game Dev 101

  • 22 October 2016 10am-5pm

Want to make your own video games, but have no idea where to start?

Start here! Game Dev 101 is a one-day games development course that teaches the fundamentals of creating video games completely from scratch. The course centres around discussion, and Dan regularly makes comparisons to video games that are known and loved by all. By the end of the day, you'll understand how to get up-and-running in a few different game-making environments, resulting in the skills and confidence to explore making games further.



About the course

The course covers:

-Exploring the world of video games, from both the technical and creative sides
-Analysing popular video games: why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this?
-Why the simplest games can often be the most fun to play – then you'll make your own!
-Getting comfortable in a few different game-making environments


This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 5:00pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Who is this course for?

Complete beginners with no experience of coding or programming, who are interested in learning to make video games. The course is aimed at adults, but will be suitable for many younger people too (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult).

Equipment you'll need

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X 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. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

All software used during the course is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance.

Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl that attendees can use in their own future work.

Cost

The cost is £120 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

-One day of tuition
-Lunch and refreshments

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £80. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Dan is a BAFTA award-winning creative technologist, digital artist and games developer from Manchester. After spending three years working for BBC Children's and then a year in BBC Research & Development, Dan now works as a creative tech gun-for-hire, building big interesting things with code and technology that people can play with, make stuff with, or dance in front of. When he's not doing that, by night he's also a performing live visual artist, creating eye-melting improvised live visuals for concerts, festivals and beyond - most recently via the Algorave movement, and regularly at chiptune and electronica shows, most notably doing headline visuals at last year's Superbyte Festival.

He's also an experienced technical educator and serial hack event organiser - he instigated the Manchester Game Jam which still runs today, and also teaches Gamedev 101 courses as well as regular digital creativity workshops and all sorts in between. Dan has previously spoken for the likes of Resonate, Reasons To Be Creative, BLAB, Code Mesh, and countless others.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, -Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£120

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/game-dev-101-oct-2016/

IOT

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

  • 29 — 30 October 2016 10am-4pm

Hardware… software… everywhere! There has been a rise in recent years of 'the Internet of Things': new internet-connected hardware, everything from mobile-connected wearables through to citywide sensor networks and internet-connected 'smart home' appliances.

This workshop will take you through the need-to-know essentials when tackling your own Internet of Things project – everything from picking the right prototyping platform and means of device-device communication, through to the pros and cons of different network protocols and topologies.

With a solid background in place we’ll then get hands-on with the Arduino-compatible Particle Photon IoT development kit. Going deeper into the electronics and programming necessary for controlling sophisticated electronic components such as LED arrays and high precision sensors, before finishing up with a rapid prototype of a web-enabled weather station.

The workshop fee covers both day’s tuition, as well as an IoT experimenter’s pack (worth £50!) – including a Particle Photon Development Kit and a breakout board for Bosch’s BMP280, a high precision temperature and pressure sensor.

The course covers:

-IoT essentials: development platforms and means of communication (from bluetooth low-energy to mobile 3G); network protocols and topologies; power management, when it matters and how best to do it
-Getting started with the Particle Photon
-A peek under the hood: how does the Photon communicate with its cloud?
-Sensors and integrated circuits (microchips with specific tasks such as LED drivers)
-Communicating with SPI and I2C, “USB for microcontrollers and sensors”
-Prototyping an internet-connected weather station, with live web updates

Who is the course for?

This is an intermediate level course, for those who already have a basic understanding of electronics prototyping (e.g. Arduino) and programming. We will be going deeper into these two subjects – interfacing custom electronics with software running on a remote computer, and make it accessible through a web or mobile app.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop running a recent version of either Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Photon.

You would also benefit from bringing a USB wall charger, and a smartphone running either Android or iOS, but this is not essential.

Your Tutor

Asa Calow is a creative technologist and co-founder of MadLab. He has been working with (and teaching) electronics prototyping since MadLab’s inception, with commissions including a wearable lie detector, an Oyster Card operated tarot machine, and more interactive light sculptures than you can shake a stick at. Most recently he has been building low-cost laboratory equipment using old lightbulbs and disk drives.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£145

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/hands-on-with-the-internet-of-things-oct-2016/

MadLab

ADDITIONAL DATE: Intermediate WordPress

  • 3 — 4 November 2016 10am-4pm

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

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month's free hosting which you can use for experimenting, 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?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. 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 we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

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

Day two

-Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
-Caching: Make your site fly!
-Exercise: Security and caching plugins
-SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
-Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
-Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
-Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
-E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
-More useful tools and plugins
-Question and Answer session with Mike

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).

Equipment you’ll need:

-Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
-Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
-Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
-An external mouse if you prefer using one.
-If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost

The course is £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, to test and refine your site

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Mike Little 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 your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:
-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/additional-date-intermediate-wordpress/

HTML

Introduction to HTML and CSS coding

  • 5 November 2016 10am-4pm

If you're looking to learn the very basics of web development, then this is the course for you!

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language which supports web pages across the world, but to many, it just looks like a collection of random words, numbers and colours. This session will start you on a journey to understanding how to read HTML, write your own basic code, learn how CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) can bring your code to life, and give you lots of hints and tips on continuing your learning once the session has ended.

About the course

Over the course of the day you'll learn:

-What is coding?
-What HTML and CSS are, and why they’re important to a digital world
-The basics of the coding languages
-Some hands-on practice coding
-Building your first webpage
-Tips and tricks on how to hack your code
-What other coding languages are available

The course will start at 10:00am and finishes at 4:00pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Who is the course for?

Total beginners. You do not need to have any coding experience to attend. This course is ideal for someone who wants to get to grips with the basics of web development.

Equipment you'll need

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X 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. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

Participants will be using the brilliant free learning platform Codecademy for some practical activities, so please sign up for an account before the workshop.

Cost

The cost is £100 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

-One day of tuition
-Lunch and refreshments

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £80. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Her Twitter handle, @Tech_Geek_Girl, says it all.

Liz Hardwick is a self-confessed geek, spends most of her spare time organising and supporting a variety of local and national organisations, and is an advocate of open source technologies. Liz taught herself coding back in 2002 when she built her first website in Drupal, and is co-founder of DigiEnable, a Digital Training, SEO & Content Services Company.

Liz’s background is in broadcasting, having also spent several years creating media for a number of charities, and she is one of FlockGlobal’s Founding50. Liz is also proud to have won a National Digital Leaders award in 2014 and is a published author on Digital Storytelling.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£100

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-html-and-css-coding-nov-2016/

WordPress

Advanced WordPress with WordPress co-founder Mike Little

  • 17 — 18 November 2016 10am-4:30pm

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 is this course for?

The 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, however, a little CSS knowledge and how to use a text editor and an FTP program is desirable.

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 or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will also benefit marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

Sounds a bit scary? Take a look at our Intermediate or Build your first website with WordPress courses instead.



Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

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

Day two

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

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding). There is a small amount of copy and paste PHP in the child theme module.

Equipment you’ll need:

Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed.
Web browser: our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
Text editor (see below)
FTP client: we suggest FileZilla
You may also wish to consider bringing:

Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
An external mouse if you prefer using one.
We suggest these text editors:

Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
OSX: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Espresso (££)
Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost

The course is £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, to test and refine your site

Your Tutor

Mike Little 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 your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£400

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-nov-2016/

IOT

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

  • 3 — 4 December 2016 10am-4pm

Hardware… software… everywhere! There has been a rise in recent years of 'the Internet of Things': new internet-connected hardware, everything from mobile-connected wearables through to citywide sensor networks and internet-connected 'smart home' appliances.

This workshop will take you through the need-to-know essentials when tackling your own Internet of Things project – everything from picking the right prototyping platform and means of device-device communication, through to the pros and cons of different network protocols and topologies.

With a solid background in place we’ll then get hands-on with the Arduino-compatible Particle Photon IoT development kit. Going deeper into the electronics and programming necessary for controlling sophisticated electronic components such as LED arrays and high precision sensors, before finishing up with a rapid prototype of a web-enabled weather station.

The workshop fee covers both day’s tuition, as well as an IoT experimenter’s pack (worth £50!) – including a Particle Photon Development Kit and a breakout board for Bosch’s BMP280, a high precision temperature and pressure sensor.

The course covers:

-IoT essentials: development platforms and means of communication (from bluetooth low-energy to mobile 3G); network protocols and topologies; power management, when it matters and how best to do it
-Getting started with the Particle Photon
-A peek under the hood: how does the Photon communicate with its cloud?
-Sensors and integrated circuits (microchips with specific tasks such as LED drivers)
-Communicating with SPI and I2C, “USB for microcontrollers and sensors”
-Prototyping an internet-connected weather station, with live web updates

Who is the course for?

This is an intermediate level course, for those who already have a basic understanding of electronics prototyping (e.g. Arduino) and programming. We will be going deeper into these two subjects – interfacing custom electronics with software running on a remote computer, and make it accessible through a web or mobile app.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop running a recent version of either Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Photon.

You would also benefit from bringing a USB wall charger, and a smartphone running either Android or iOS, but this is not essential.

Your Tutor

Asa Calow is a creative technologist and co-founder of MadLab. He has been working with (and teaching) electronics prototyping since MadLab’s inception, with commissions including a wearable lie detector, an Oyster Card operated tarot machine, and more interactive light sculptures than you can shake a stick at. Most recently he has been building low-cost laboratory equipment using old lightbulbs and disk drives.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

-Book via our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-Invoice or PayPal - by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
-Payment by cheque - made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
-We also accept card payments in person

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£145

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/hands-on-with-the-internet-of-things-dec-2016/

MadLab
36-40 Edge Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1HN
England

Website

madlab.org.uk/

E-mail

office@madlab.org.uk

Telephone

0161 839 6324

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