These events are usually free and open to everyone with an interest in that area: it is up to you to explore them.

AWS User Group North
The official Amazon Web Services (AWS) user group for the North of England.

BCS specialist groups
With over 50 specialist groups, plus 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.

Big Chip

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.

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 of 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.

Manchester Digital
The independent trade association for the thriving ICT and new media industries in the North West of England.

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 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.

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.

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.

ProductTank Manchester
Product manager networking organisation ProductTank for product managers, designers, project managers, BAs, developers and anyone else interested in developing successful products.

Society for Computers and Law (Northern)
The leading UK organisation for legal professionals advising and practising within the IT sector.

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.