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.
Internet of Things

Hands-on with the Internet of Things

  • 25 — 26 June 2016 10am-4pm *on now

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 city-wide 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.

Over both days we will go through:

- 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

This is an extended two-day course, in which you’ll take an in-depth look into the Internet of Things.


• Who is this aimed at?

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


• How to book

You can book your place through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/24395847637

If you would prefer an invoice, get in touch with the MadLab office – either by email on office@madlab.org.uk, or by phone on 0161 839 6324.

Lunch is included in the fee, with a vegan or vegetarian option available if desired. If you have any questions, about this or any other aspect of the workshop, please get in touch using the contact details above.

General information about our courses, including our cancellation policy, can be found here: http://madlab.org.uk/course-info/


• About your tutor - Asa Calow

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£145

Website

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

WordPress

Build your first website with WordPress

  • 22 — 23 September 2016 10am-4:30pm

• If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.

Over two days you’ll learn everything you need:

- planning and setting up a site
- publishing content
- getting a polished look with themes
- adding functionality with plugins
- how to make conversations with your readers effortless

WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It’s quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup. But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it.

This course will give you a great start. Over two days, WordPress co-founder Mike Little will guide you through installing WordPress, adding content (including multimedia), and interacting with your readers, as well as beginning to customise the look and enhance the functionality of your site.

The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it.

• Who is this for?

Total beginners, no prior knowledge required. This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise (for example a scout group or a local church) this course will be ideal for you. You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will set you back on the right track.

• Course syllabus

Day one
- Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
- Installing WordPress: Demonstration
- Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
- Exercise: Sketch your site layout
- The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
- Content types: Posts, pages and more
- Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
- Exercise: Adding content to your site
- The look of your site
- Exercise: Changing things around

Day two
- Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
- Comments: Engaging with your readers
- Exercise: Commenting and moderation
- Plugins: Playing with plugins
- Exercise: Logging in and looking around
- Installing themes
- Exercise: Trying some themes
- Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
- Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
- Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

• 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 of the course so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.

• Additional course information

The course fee 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

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

• More Information

For more information on the course, please visit our website: http://madlab.org.uk/courses/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-sep-2016/

For more general information about MadLab’s courses (cancellation policy, alternative methods for booking etc.), please visit our website: http://madlab.org.uk/course-info/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-sep-2016/

WordPress

Intermediate WordPress

  • 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, 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 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 you don’t have to as we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

• Course Syllabus

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

• 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 however, for part of the course you will need Firefox or Google Chrome. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you.

You may want to bring some sample images to use as the course progresses.

• Additional course information

The course fee 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

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

• More Information

For more information on the course, please visit out website: http://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-oct-2016/

For more general information about MadLab’s courses (cancellation policy, alternative methods for booking etc.), please visit our website: http://madlab.org.uk/course-info/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£300

Website

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

WordPress

Advanced WordPress

  • 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 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.

• 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 an FTP program.

• Course Syllabus

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

• Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed.

You will need a modern web browser, a text editor, and an FTP client.

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: We suggest –

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

FTP: 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.

MadLab provides extension cables, so don’t worry if you have a short power lead.

• Additional course information

The course fee 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

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

• More Information

For more information on the course, please visit our website: http://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-nov-2016/

For more general information about MadLab’s courses (cancellation policy, alternative methods for booking etc.), please visit our website: http://madlab.org.uk/course-info/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£400

Website

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
advertisement