The Internet of Elsewhere

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

Saturday 29th October, 7pm to 9pm on at Madlab Continue reading

Pick and Mix at the SMC_MCR

Pick and Mix brought together six people who had either created a new digital product or where working in an emergent field. It was an opportunity to explore these innovations, ask questions and get under the bonnet of their creations. Continue reading

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.

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Got a cool, innovative digital product? Show it off at the next #SMC_MCR

Do you have a cool digital product that you are developing? If so SMC_MCR would like to hear from you to participate in our next event on Tuesday 4th October

Pick and Mix is a chance to see the cool products that people are developing in the Manchester digital community. The format of the event is along the lines of traditional SMC events where we ask six people/companies to show, garner interest and get feedback on the products that they are developing.

If you fancy talking about your innovation in front of a friendly crowd of digitally minded Manchester folk drop us a line at admin(at)

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#SMC_MCR needs a new logo. Could you design it?

While the relaunch of #SMC_MCR has gone well, one thing we still haven’t got is a new logo. Our existing one is three years old and it’s time for a change.

We want a logo that embodies digital innovation in Manchester, and we’re looking to the community to come up with something great that really shows SMC_MCR in the best possible light. In order for it work best as an icon on social networking services, the logo or a version of it should also be square

How you interpret the brief is completely up to you, but here’s how it will work:

  • Save your design as a .jpg, .gif or .png file.
  • Upload it to the special gallery on our brand new Facebook page. Anyone who ‘Likes’ the page will be able to upload to it.
  • Others can then browse the uploaded designs and ‘Like’ the one(s) they want to win.
  • Finally, the core organisation team for SMC_MCR (Julian, Josh and me) will decide the winner from a shortlist of the five designs with the most ‘likes’.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 11 November 2011. The winning design will be displayed on our website, Twitter account, Facebook page and other locations. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

The Twitterstream from #smc_mcr

The Twitterstream from the ‘Riots and Social Media’ debate is under. It starts five minutes into the debate but gives a flavour of the very active conversation taking place. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to get the earliest tweet. Continue reading

Help us make #SMC_MCR even better

Following the success of our return on Tuesday, we’re looking for volunteers to help make SMC_MCR even better.

If you want to get involved, we want to hear from you. Some examples of what we want:

  • People to help plan future events and to get involved with arranging guest speakers.
  • People to help with organisation on the nights themselves.
  • Sponsors to help us make more of our events.
  • A logo (but more on that in a separate post soon).
There are probably lots of other ways too, if you’re keen to get involved, so please do contact us with any suggestions of how you could help out.
Please contact us at and we’ll get back to you ASAP, as we’ll be arranging a meet-up with everyone who wants to be part of the team soon.

Volunteer meet up will be at 6pm in Common on Edge Street, Manchester on Thursday 29th September

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SMC_MCR riots and social media debate

Our friends at Littlestar have now made the debate from Tuesday 6th September available online.

Volunteering for SMC_MCR

SMC_MCR is run by a group of people who are passionate about what digital technology and social media can do. Since 2008, SMC_MCR has been run by a core of volunteers and now with the relaunch there is an opportunity for more people to get involved and shape how SMC_MCR evolves.

If you have an interest and feel that you can contribute in the following areas contact us on admin(at) or catch either Julian, Josh or Martin at an event.

We are looking for people who can help with:

• Venue liaison and booking
• Programming
• Event management
• Blogging and awareness (PR)
• Membership management
• Sponsorship

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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