MCFly is asking a bunch of different organisations the same 3 questions –
- What was your biggest achievement in 2013?
- If you could go back to the beginning of the year and give yourself one warning/piece of advice, what would it be?
- What have you got planned for 2014, and how can people get involved in what you do?
Below please find the answers from Madlab, the wonderful Northern Quarter space for all things innovation. Other groups to follow over the Christmas period…
Biggest Achievement: There have been so many this year. It’s been our best yet, but opening the Community Shop – Inventory – was brilliant. It’s the first such shop of its kind and we’re really excited to see how it will develop in 2014. Just ordered some mouse taxidermy kits from our taxidermist – and Manchester Girl Geeks’ “E-Rascals” (a cuddly toy kit with light-up eyes) are flying out the door. We’ll be running workshops with schools in January to teach them all about Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, MakeyMakeys and the like. If you’re a school or interested parent, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll be in touch about dates.
Advice: A great team does wonders. We’ve recently employed two interns via the Creative Employment Programme and we nabbed someone super from CUBE plus a great technologist (who is in a Sun Ra tribute band by night!) It’s been brilliant working with them and doing lots of new, exciting projects.
What have we got planned? Loads! Too many to mention them all in this space – but we are relaunching the website in early 2014 to put more focus on the brilliant community groups that meet here, we’re doing more courses than ever (see http://madlab.org.uk/courses/) and there’s also a long-overdue refurb in the works, starting with the ground floor and frontage. We’ll be creating two new self-contained work/ meeting spaces, taking out the tricky middle pillar (if you’ve experienced it, you’ll know) and getting new loos. If you’d like to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: madlab.org.uk.