The links given below are to user groups and professional organisations that run IT events in the Greater Manchester area. These events are usually free and open to everyone with an interest in that area: it is up to you to explore them.
ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter – Manchester
ACM SIGGRAPH – The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques – is a membership community whose core values help them to catalyze the innovation and application of computer graphics and interactive techniques.
AgileNorth Specialist Group
A forum to explore Agile Software Development approaches by networking to share and gain knowledge.
AWS User Group North
The official Amazon Web Services (AWS) user group for the North of England.
ASSIST North West Branch
The Association for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care (ASSIST) is the professional association for those working in and for informatics in healthcare and social care.
AGI Northern Group
Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Northern Group represents the interests of the UK’s geographic information (GI) industry.
BCS Specialist Groups
With over 50 Specialist Groups, plus ASSIST and IT Can Help, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, provides both members and the public with an unrivalled opportunity to keep abreast of current developments in numerous areas of interest.
Computer Conservation Society
Promoting the conservation of historic computers, develop awareness of the importance of these computers and to develop expertise in the conservation and restoration of them.
Computer Science, Manchester
The longest established school of Computer Science in the UK, and one of the largest. They run an Annual UK Schools Animation Competition and a number of computing talks throughout the year, including supporting the BCS/IET Annual Turing Lecture.
Creative Industries Networking Group (CING)
The Creative Industries Networking Group (CING) was formed in 2008 with a mission to support and facilitate the success of its creative industries members. We do this by engaging and representing the sector; providing development, training and promotion; and by securing commercial opportunities.
A group for those interested in Digital DJ’ing. It is not a club night but a group for discussion and sharing the love of DJing.
Health Informatics (Northern) Specialist Group
Promoting the theory and practice of using information responsibly and effectively to deliver healthcare and promote health.
IET Manchester Network
The Institution of Engineering & Technology runs numerous IT related events throughout Greater Manchester.
UK IIBA Chapter
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) are a professional association focussed on the development and professional recognition of the business analyst.
ISACA (Northern England)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) is an independent, nonprofit, global association dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems.
Ladies Who Code (Manchester)
Are you a code ninja with two X chromosomes searching for a similar bunch of ladies to drink coffee and discuss code with? You’ve come to the right place. We meet monthly to hear talks from leaders in the field and hack whilst developing our code-fu in the process.
Limited WIP Society, Manchester
This branch of the Limited WIP Society is intended to be the home of Kanban for software development community in the Northwest of the United Kingdom. Of particular interest to this group are Kanban for software development, Lean, Agile, Continuous Delivery and Systems Thinking.
A monthly coding meetup in Manchester, where developers meet to hone their skills by performing Katas and Randori.
The independent trade association for the thriving ICT and new media industries in the North West of England.
Manchester Digital Development Agency
The lead organisation for the development of a digital strategy for Manchester and the surrounding region.
Manchester Digital Laboratory
A grass roots community space supporting the arts, science and technology within Manchester and the Northwest that host numerous IT user groups events.
Manchester Free Software Group
Manchester Free Software serves a growing need for a group in the Manchester area that focuses on free software. The group also covers topics which impact on the freedoms of computer users.
Manchester Geek Nights
A forum for discussion and dissemination of ideas, technologies and techniques in the field of software development. Manchester geek nights is organised and supported by Thoughtworks.
Manchester Girl Geek Dinners
Manchester Girl Geek Dinners are an excellent opportunity for like-minded women to get together, discuss and learn in an informal environment about technology and science.
Manchester Raspberry Jam
Manchester Raspberry Jam is a local Raspberry Pi user group based at MadLab in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, UK.
Manchester Web Performance Group
Meet with other web site administrators, developers, designers and business people who are interested in making their sites faster to get a better user experience, lower abandonment rates and more money.
Manchester WordPress User Group
Manchester WordPress User Group (MWUG) is a group of people in and around Manchester who use the open source platform WordPress to blog, design and develop websites.
Northern Digitals is a monthly meetup where digital creatives from in and around Manchester can get away from their screens and talk to other digital creatives.
Northern UK Security Group
Northern UK Security Group (NUKSG) is the premier networking opportunity for Information Security professionals in the North of the UK.
Northern User Experience
Northern User Experience is an informal community for people interested in usability, HCI, information design and all aspects of the user experience.
North West Tester Gathering
The North West Tester Gathering is a community of people who are passionate about software testing, test process and agile software development.
NSManchester – Apple Developers User Group
NSManchester meet monthly to talk about all aspects of software development for Apple platforms (iPhone and Mac), from technical stuff to running an Apple focused business.
NW Engineering Events
A central point of reference to all those who are interested in engineering in the Northwest.
North West Drupal User Group
The North West Drupal User Group meets once a month and features expert help and demonstrations. Admission is free, and you’re welcome to bring your Drupal questions and problems, as well as any projects you’d like to demo.
North West England Perl Mongers
northwestengland.pm is a technical and social group for people interested in Perl. We welcome newcomers and old hands alike.
North West Ruby User Group
The North West Ruby User Group is a group of people in the North West of England, with an interest in all things Ruby or Rails ranging from beginners to experts.
Open Data Manchester
Open Data Manchester is a group of developers, designers, data users and those filled with intrigue. We look at open data projects globally, nationally and locally.
OWASP Manchester Local Chapter
Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software.
PHPNW is a community of web developers, web designers and anyone else interested in PHP, from the North West.
Product manager networking organisation ProductTank for product managers, designers, project managers, BAs, developers and anyone else interested in developing successful products.
Python North-West is a user group for Python users, developers and enthusiasts based in the North-West of England.
Risk And Network Threat (RANT) Forum
RANT is an online community consisting of Information Security Managers, Directors, CISO’s and other senior security professionals who work within End User organisations. They hold quarterly networking events in Manchester.
SharePoint User Group UK (NW)
Developers, administrators, infrastructure specialists, or end users, everybody is welcome to join, attend one of our monthly meetings and get involved in the discussion forums.
Society for Computers and Law (Northern)
The leading UK organisation for legal professionals advising and practising within the IT sector.
Social Media Manchester (SMC_MCR) is a monthly meetup for anyone and everyone interested in digital innovation and social media in Manchester. We get together, share ideas and learn from each other.
A thriving community of tech entrepreneurs, senior managers of technology companies, investors, deal makers and service providers, all united to create and grow technology businesses.
The recent launch of Media City has sparked an extra dimension of innovation, diversity, talent and creativity to every initiative in the city. It is the ideal time for Salford to make the most of this opportunity and become part of the worldwide TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) community. By believing in the spirit and power of ideas to bring change for the betterment of society, this will be an initiative that would bring people together, inspire and empower lives and result in the much needed community cohesion that this city desires.
UK Windows Azure User Group
The UK Windows Azure User Group. Meeting monthly for evenings and weekly for mornings to discuss and consult on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
UK Northwest England VMUG (Virtual Machine User Group)
We are an association of persons with a vested interest in the successful deployment of virtual infrastructure and their associated technologies. The committee are all volunteers and are directly employed to manage and design virtual infrastructure in their organisations.
XP-Manchester is a regional group with the goal of promoting, discussing, practicing, learning and generally showing an interest in eXtreme Programming, test-driven development, kanban, etc.