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Join us for SMC_MCR March: Tell us something really interesting in 5 minutes

For March’s SMC_MCR, we’re taking a different format to usual – a series of fast-paced 5-minute talks

You may have heard of Pecha Kucha or Ignite events, and this is along the same lines – people sharing something interesting related to social media or digital culture in a talk that’s strictly five minutes long. To differentiate ourselves from those events, we’re making slides optional – but the five minutes time limit is strict.

What can you tell us about? Any interesting technology, any online social movement, any online trend, any innovative digital project you’re involved in or anything else you want to share – come along and tell us about it. The only thing off-limits is promotional talks for commercial enterprises.

We should have an inspiring evening, learning about… well, that’s up to you. (Scroll down for what has already been booked, then get in touch and add your name and idea).

If you’d like give a talk, email us right away: admin AT

If you’d like to attend (whether speaking or just coming along to watch), add your name to our Lanyrd page. See you there!

SMC_MCR takes place: 6pm – 9pm, Tuesday 6 March 2012.

Venue: Matt & Phreds, 64 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

Here are some of the ideas we have so far:

  • The strange world of Twitter bots.
  • Love in the wild.
  • Turing’s Sunflowers.

Get in touch and add yours to the list!

Image credit: Jason Cartwright

Join us at the next SMC_MCR, 7 February 2012 at Lammars

After an intimate fireside meetup in January, SMC_MCR returns to its regular format in February, and we’re at a different venue.

We’ve got two talks already lined up for you, and space for two more. Already booked, we have:

Where are they now?Martin Bryant, SMC_MCR co-founder and Managing Editor at The Next Web, talks about the ‘next big things’ of the past. From Myspace, Bebo and Friends Reunited to more quirky and obscure offerings. What happened to them and the people who built them?

Perceptive Media – BBC Perceptive Media takes storytelling back to something more aligned to a storyteller and a audience around a fire. It uses Internet technologies and sensibility to create something closer to a personal theatre experience in your living room. The BBC’s Ian Forrester explains more.

Have you got something you’d like to talk about? We have two slots free for this event, so email us: admin AT with details of what you’d like to discuss. We’re flexible about the topic – as long as it’s about digital innovation or social media and isn’t a sales pitch we want to hear about it!

SMC_MCR takes place: 6pm – 9pm, Tuesday 7 February 2012.

Venue: Lamarrs Restaurant & Bar, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

Sign up on Lanyrd here So we know how many to expect.

See you there!

Image credit: Hober

Join us for a meet-up at the Britons Protection on 3 January 2012

As has become traditional, our January meeting will be a low-key post-Christmas meet-up in the Britons Protection pub, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester city centre.

We won’t have any programmed events, just suitably social chat about technology, social media and more.

We’ll be there on Tuesday 3 January from 6.30pm onwards. Seek us out in the rooms on the far side of the bar from the door. If you can’t make it, we’ll see you on 7 February when we’ll be back to normal – details of that event will follow soon.

[Image credit: Adam Bruderer]


We are three and its Christmas

It’s Christmas and our third birthday all rolled up into one and to celebrate, we invite you all to join us at Matt and Phred’s on Tib Street for the SMC_MCR Christmas/third birthday get together/knees up.

To complement the usual SMC goodness, we will be hosting a talk by Paul Stokes, publisher and co-founder of popular satirical news site, The Daily Mash.

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The University of Salford showcases digital creativity this Saturday

The University of Salford is holding a “celebration of the latest in digital entertainment and creativity” called Believe at its new MediaCityUK site on Saturday 12 November.

Works on show will include:

  • Lowry to Life. This is described as an ambitious digital re-imagining of LS Lowry’s Piccadilly Gardens painting. Members of the public walking through Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on Saturday 12 November can literally become part of the art as special motion capture technology will transfer their movements to Lowry characters shown on a giant projection of the painting at MediaCityUK, so the picture will come to life with moving men, women and children.
  • A chance to star in the BBC’s Dinosaur Planet thanks to green screen technology.
  • A spectacular 3D film of digital dancers, courtesy of renowned Austrian art technology group Ars Electronica,

SMC_MCR: Exploring the #Occupy movement, 1 November at Matt & Phreds

This Tuesday, 1 November sees November’s SMC_MCR take place, and we’re looking at one of the most interesting, and perhaps the most important, social developments of the year – the #Occupy movement.

From OccupyWallSt to the protests around the world that have followed, we’ll look at what has spurred this new type of protest to form, where it could lead and what it means for the future of society. Panelists will include the University of Salford’s Helen Keegan, whose work explores the impact of online networks. More panelists are to be confirmed.

Please sign up to our Lanyrd event page to confirm your attendance (so we have an idea of numbers). See you there!

Venue: Matt & Phreds, Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

Doors, 6pm, starts 6.30pm

[Image credit: Silveira Neto]

The Internet of Elsewhere

SMC_MCR and MadLab are delighted to host a book reading and discussion with American journalist and writer Cyrus Farivar.

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The next #SMC_MCR: 4th October at Matt & Phreds – Pick and Mix

The next #SMC_MCR takes place on 4th October at Matt & Phreds, and we’re set to provide a ‘Pick and Mix’ of demonstrations of innovative digital projects.

While we don’t want to give away too much about exactly what will be shown off (it would spoil the surprise!), our demonstrators include projects called ViewRL, n0tice and Crowdfm. So, come along, find out more about some of the latest digital innovations from Manchester and beyond, give your feedback and ask probing questions. If you’ve got a project that you’d like to show off, please get in touch: admin[at]

Of course, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for informal networking, catching up with like-minded folk and enjoying the fine pizzas on offer at Matt & Phreds. As Apple’s event to announce the next version of the iPhone is also taking place on the same evening, we’ll be giving updates on that throughout the evening for those who care about such things. For some reason, they didn’t want hold the announcement in Manchester. Maybe next year!

Please mark yourself as attending on our Lanyrd page. It’s quick and easy to do with your Twitter account. See you there!

Location: Matt & Phreds, 64 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011

Time: Doors open 6pm, we’ll start at 6.30pm, running through until around 8.30pm, although you’ll be welcome to stay later if you choose.

[Image credit: Kitroed]

SMC_MCR returns: 6 September 2011 at Matt and Phreds

Yes, Social Media Cafe Manchester is back with a refreshed focus. Following a period of discussion and reflection, we’ve returned with:

  • A new name: yes, we’re now called SMC_MCR. Regular attendees will know that this has been our hashtag and nickname from the very beginning. As we want to move away from being purely focused on social media, the new name felt like a good way of linking to our past while allowing us to explore a wider range innovative uses of digital technology at our events.
  • A refreshed online presence: (you’re looking at it!), using the simplicity and power of WordPress combined with the useful tools at Lanyrd. This replaces our previous online presence, although that will remain as an archive.
  • A new regular venue: Matt and Phred’s, in the heart of Manchester’s creative scene, the Northern Quarter.

This month we have an unmissable headline debate. Following the riots/lootings that shook Manchester and beyond, we’ll be discussing the role that online communication played before, during and after the events.

Greater Manchester Police got international attention for the way it used Twitter with the GMP24 Police tweets campaign and Amanda Coleman – Corporate Communications Director will be joining us alongside Paul Gallagher – Head of Online for Manchester Evening News and Rebecca Rae – Social Media Architect from PushON Ltd. More panelists to be confirmed. The debate will be chaired by our very own Martin Bryant – European Editor for The Next Web.

Our panel debate will explore issues like:

  • was it right for GMP to ‘name and shame’ offenders from the riots on Twitter?
  • How do the police, media and the rest of us sort credible reports of crime from the  jokes and outright lies?
  • Should social media services be ‘switched off’ during times of crisis, as some politicians have suggested? Is that even possible?

After the debate there will be a chance for some informal socialising and to hear about the next developments for SMC_MCR.


Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Date: 6 September 2011

Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club (Google Map: Here)
64 Tib Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1LW

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