What is an Unconference?

An unconference is the opposite of a conference. Where a conference has a schedule of talks planned in advance, an unconference starts with no agenda until the attendees, not the organisers, determine one.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a talk to the event, with the day having 30 minute slots including time for questions, and time for people to change rooms ready for the next talk to begin.

The focus of the unconference is the Drupal Content Management Framework, and supporting subjects including databases, frameworks, security, UX, front-end development and design are also encouraged.

Why you should totally come!

  • Unconferences are a great occasion to trial a new talk
  • Drupal 8 is now widely adopted; it's time to swap tales from the front line
  • The informal atmosphere fosters networking amongst the community
  • Lack of a formal structure encourages branching out to topics fresh to you
  • Amazing value for money


Tickets are available now through our Eventbrite page.

Places are limited so we urge you to sign up early!

Finding The Venue

MadLab is centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

MadLab Address

36-40 Edge St
M4 1HN

Getting there by public transport

There are a number of options for getting to MadLab by public transport.

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 MadLab is just 5 minutes walk away from there.

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 only 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

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.

Getting there by private transport

By car
If you are driving to MalLab, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike
Cyclists are always welcome at MadLab, and provided it doesn’t massively disturb anyone else using the space you’re welcome to park your bike on the ground floor. Otherwise, bike rack places are somewhat limited although you can find some over at the Shudehill Bus/Tram Interchange.

By Boat
This one is harder – we recommend coming in via the Mersey Estuary past Liverpool, heading up the Manchester Ship Canal then making your way to Ancoats Marina and walking.

Hang on, I have questions!

Hopefully they'll be answered somewhere on this page but if not, get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

What should I talk about?

Whatever you want! As long as it relates to Drupal in some way we're open to any topic. How to guides, a community issue, a case study. Come and share something you're passionate about.

How long should my session be?

Sessions will be about 30 minutes.

Do I need slides?

Not at all, we're open to any type of session. Whether you want to stand and talk, bring props, use the provided whiteboards, have a discussion or anything else we want you to take part. If you do want to use slides, a projector will be available with common adapters. We recommend making sure your slides are available online so that, should the worst happen, you can still access them on the day.

If you have any doubts at all, get in touch and we'll try to sort something out.

Do I have to talk?

No. You're more than welcome to come and meet people, take in the talks and have a great day. However, the unconference will be a great place to do your first talk or to try out a new idea. We will be a friendly and encouraging audience.

Who Are NWDUG?

  • The North West Drupal User Group (NWDUG) is a group for Drupal users in the North West of England
  • We have a regular meetup on the second Tuesday of every month in Manchester as well as other events and activities
  • Find out when the next meet up is happening on our Meetup group