Manchester Libraries is presenting MEGA! - a month-long celebration of digital enterprise and discovery, to help local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The festival takes place in libraries across the city until 31 March, offering a broad programme of free digitally-themed workshops, talks, events and meet-ups.
To find out how to build your own website in a day, join DigiEnable at the Forum Library, Wythenshawe (Monday 20 March), or North City Library (Friday 24 March). By the end of the course, you will know how to register and set up your own site using WordPress, plus how to use features like plug-ins and widgets to make the site more effective, and also gain tips on how to make your content stand out.
Video skills workshops will be held at libraries including the Avenue Library & Learning Centre, Higher Blackley (Wednesday 15 March, 9:45am) and Didsbury Library (Wednesday 22 March, 9:45am). These day-long tutorials will give attendees all the skills they need to create their own videos and join the YouTube generation.
Fab Lab Manchester will be showing you how to make the most of cutting-edge 3D printing (Media Lounge, Central Library, Wednesday 29 March 10am). Attend the workshop to learn how to use Google Sketch Up, convert a 2D design into 3D and to create and print out your own badge.
A panel discussion at Central Library on Thursday 9 March (6 – 8:30pm) will consider how musicians can profit from their work in the digital age. The event brings together experts including Martyn Walsh from the Inspiral Carpets, digital consultant Sammy Andrews and Simon Lyon, a producer and trainer from Berlin-based music software company Ableton.
Other highlights include:-
* How to profit from your blog (Central Library, Thursday 9 March, 10am)
* Introduction to Intellectual Property (Central Library, Wednesday 15 March, 10am)
* Learn how to protect your communications and content over the Internet at the 'CryptoParty', hosted by the OpenRights Group Manchester (Central Library, Friday 17 March, 2pm)
* How to sell products online (Longsight Library, Saturday 25 March, 10am)
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We’re keen for everyone in Manchester to take full advantage of the opportunities that digital technology can bring. This series of free
events will provide inspiration and motivation for any budding entrepreneur with the spark of an idea for a great new venture.”
For the last three years, Manchester Libraries has been working with start-up and small businesses to help them to take full advantage of digital technology. Funded by BDUK, the Central Library Demonstrator Suite has delivered courses, workshops and seminars to businesses, enabling them become more competitive, saving time and money. More than 15,000 places have been taken up at events since the project launched.
More than 30 events are taking place as part of the MEGA! Festival. For full listings and to book your place, go to www.manchesterbipc.eventbrite.co.uk.