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Hacklabs, Free Culture, & (Autonomous) Distributed Networks

  • Talk: Hacklabs, Free Culture, & (Autonomous) Distributed Networks [1] [2]
  • Speakers: Victoria Sinclair, ArcSpace
  • Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  • Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  • Date: Tuesday, 16th August 2011 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
  • Start time: 19:00
  • Finish time: 20:30


Recently returning from hacktivist work in South America, Victoria Sinclair will present a talk on the free software & free culture movements in global hacklabs.

The talk will include a short film on the Pontos de Culturas network and the plans for several other hacklabs around Brasil.

Additionally, a discussion will be lead on how partnerships can be created between Manchester and hacklabs in other countries.

For those interested in (participating/attending/just finding out more about) the forthcoming hackademia festival, attendance is highly recommended.

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate in the pub afterwards.


Victoria Sinclair is a member of ArcSpace, and is the key organizer in the forthcoming hackademia festival in Manchester.


The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place Called Common).



Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 6pm on Tuesday but get full up. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP. If you can't decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

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