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.
3d head

3D Head Scan and Print at MadFabLab

  • 26 September 2018 6-9pm

Want to immortalise yourself in an act of pure self-indulgence? Maybe you’d like to give a loved one a memento as a reminder of why they love you?
In this 1.5 hour workshop, you’ll have your head 3D scanned and printed to use as a new Facebook profile picture, trinket on the mantelpiece, or as a keepsake!

We’ll give you an overview on 3D printing and scanning, along with some knowledge that you can try at home.

We’ll be running two sessions of this workshop:

6 until 7.30pm
7.30 until 9pm
FAQs
Where is the MadFabLab?
MadFabLab is at PLANT NOMA. On arrival, just ask at the front desk if you need help finding it.

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/3d-head-scan-and-print-at-madfablab/

lasercutting

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/creative-coding-with-processing-at-madfablab/

  • 27 September 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you’ll go on to create a beautiful, unique acrylic keyring of your own design.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting or design.

Equipment you’ll need
All materials and equipment will be provided.

What will you learn?
How to create a simple design in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life
FAQs
I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

By tram
The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus
The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air
From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car
If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike
We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk or call us on 07894 278487

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab
MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

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

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to 3 Corkland Road, Manchester M21 8UP

Admission

£20

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-laser-cutting-make-an-acrylic-keyring-at-madfablab-4/

coding

Creative Coding with Processing at MadFabLab

  • 13 October 2018 1-5pm

Creative technologist Chris Ball will take you through all the things you need to know to get you started with Processing and its many applications.

Processing’s open source status encourages audience participation and development, allowing for a huge library of projects to draw inspiration from, and a community of users to contribute and push the possibilities of the software.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all abilities. We welcome beginners with no previous experience of Processing.

What you’ll learn

Drawing shapes (X and Y positions)
Drawing images
Translate, rotate and scale
Writing a function
Resources for further development
How to use and interpret the built-in examples
Language reference
Introduction to using libraries
Introduction to the community
Equipment you’ll need

A laptop with Windows, Mac OS or Linux installed is needed to run Processing – we are able to provide these but please feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable with your machine.

About MadFabLab
MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate

FAQ’s
Where is the MadFabLab?

MadFabLab is at PLANT NOMA. On arrival, just ask at the front desk if you need help finding it.

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport. See below for all your options.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk

What’s the refund policy?
Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

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

Via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 07894278487 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to 3 Corkland Road, Manchester, M21 8UP

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£40

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/creative-coding-with-processing-at-madfablab/

wordpress

Build your first website with WordPress

  • 18 — 19 October 2018 10am-4:30pm

This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th of October. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

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 Mike 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.

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
We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220 (inclusive of VAT). These are open to people who are self employed (and on low income), unemployed or full time students. Please contact us on 0161 839 6324 or via email (office@madlab.org.uk) to book your place.

mike little
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’.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-7/

wordpress

Intermediate WordPress

  • 15 — 16 November 2018 10am-4:30pm

This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th of November. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

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, caching to e-commerce.

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 (you’re welcome to work on your own site if you prefer)
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.

Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:
Book via Eventbrite
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 on our website.

Your 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’.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-8/

MadLab
PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA
Manchester
M4 1HN
England

Website

madlab.org.uk/

E-mail

office@madlab.org.uk

Telephone

0161 839 6324

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