What is BornHack? Info by the Info team

What is BornHack?

BornHack is a 7 day outdoor tent camp where hackers, makers and people with an interest in technology or security come together to celebrate technology, socialise, learn and have fun. Participants hack on their own projects, learn from each other, discuss, use, dissect and modify technology and much more. BornHack provides power, Internet, and other necessary infrastructure, the participants bring everything else.

When is BornHack 2019 happening? Info by the Info team


BornHack 2019 starts Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at noon (12:00). It will be possible to access the venue before noon if for example you arrive early in the morning. But please don't expect everything to be ready before noon :)


BornHack 2019 ends Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at noon (12:00). Rented village tents must be empty and cleaned at this time, ready to take down. Participants must leave the site no later than 17:00 on the closing day (or stay and help us clean up).

Where is BornHack going to take place? Info by the Info team

The venue

Venue coordinates: 55.385601, 9.939074
Parking space: TBD
Main entrance: Next to Hylkedamvej 52, 5591 Gelsted

Where do I sleep? Info by the Info team


BornHack is first and foremost a tent camp. You need to bring a tent to sleep in. Most people go with some friends and make a camp somewhere at the venue. See also the section on Villages - you might be able to find some like minded people to camp with.

Cabin rooms

We rent out a few cabin rooms at the venue with 10 or 13 beds each for people who don't want to sleep in tents for some reason. A tent is the cheapest sleeping option (you just need a ticket), but the cabin rooms are there if you want them. Go to the shop to book a bed or a whole cabin room.

Travel information Info by the Info team

By train

The nearest train station is Gelsted Station, about 3km from the venue. Use https://journeyplanner.dk to plan your trip to Gelsted station.

You can arrange a shuttle pickup (free of charge) by writing to the shuttle team, see the shuttle bus section for more information.

By car

Getting to BornHack by car should be quite straight forward. Just note that access to the venue is from the north (by Hylkedamsvej 52), and not through the south which most GPS's indicate.

Also note that when arriving by car we require you to buy a parking ticket for your car.

If you have a spare seat in your car, please consider putting it on the rideshare at https://bornhack.dk/bornhack-2019/rideshare/ to help other hackers to get to BornHack!

Venue Info by the Orga team


Coming soon. There will be a main camping area, caravan area, family area, silent area, noisy area, bar, and a food area. North of the venue there will be a parking lot.

Family area

We want BornHack to be an event for hackers of all ages! The family area has ample camping space and lots of grass to play around in. If you intend to camp here please bring (and share) any outdoor games you might have.

Bicycles Info by the Info team


At BornHack we have bicycles available to borrow for free. They come with helmets, locks and lights. Noone should spend a week on Funen without seeing a bit more of the island. If you want to go sightseeing, grocery shopping, or just feel like riding a bicycle, you should take advantage of this offer.

Bicycle booking

To book one or more of the bicycles go to the infodesk and make a reservation. It is free.

Caravans Info by the Info team

Caravans and autocampers

Caravans, autocampers and other sleep-in cars are welcome on BornHack. The area east of the main camping area is a caravan area.

Please note the following rules regarding caravans:

  • It will not be possible to arrive or depart caravans during the event except special cases. It is too dangerous to have people driving about on the venue.
  • We do not have facilities for emptying the chemical toilets used in caravans.
  • It is possible to get a power hookup for the caravan, but see the Power section of this page regarding plug types.

Please buy a caravan ticket so we know how many caravans or other sleep-in vehicles to expect.

Note that it is strictly forbidden to sleep at the parking lot due to fire safety rules.

Food and groceries Info by the Info team


We know that hackers like to cook for themselves for many reasons, not limited to vegetarians/vegan diets. Everyone is encouraged to cook their own food, either in their own village kitchen or in the food area.

Please note that for fire safety reasons it is strictly forbidden to set up coal powered barbeques on the camp grounds. If you want to cook with coal use the big barbeques in the food area or the distinguished fireplaces!

Gas and electrical barbeques are allowed in villages, as are gas burners and cooking plates/hotplates. However, fire safety is very important at a tent camp. Thus, if you have an open flame in your village, you have to make sure that the area under the flame cannot catch fire. Place your gear on bricks/blocks, and avoid having a really bad day.


It is possible to rent a shelf or drawer in the fridges provided in the food area. If you rent all 6 shelves of a fridge as well as the drawer you can take the fridge to your village. Go to the shop to order.

You are also welcome to bring your own fridge or cooling box as you see fit.


Before you can cook anything you need to get some groceries. The closest place to buy groceries is SuperBrugsen (08:00–19:00) approximately 3km away at Gelsted. About 13km from the venue there is a larger selection in Aarup. There you can find

  • REMA 1000 ($, 07:00–21:00),
  • Netto ($$, 07:00–22:00),
  • Fakta ($$, 08:00–21:00) and
  • MENY ($$$, 07:00–21:00).

We have a shuttle bus that will transport participants to and from grocery shopping, free of charge. See the shuttle bus section for more info.

The kitchen tent

Part of the food area is a large kitchen tent where participants are invited to cook their meals.

The kitchen for BornHack 2019 will feature

  • Lots of seating. Both covered by roof and in the open.
  • Running hot and cold water and tables for food preparation. You must bring your own dishes and other cooking/eating equipment.
  • Ample barbeque capacity, including a barbeque exclusive to vegans/vegetarians. We sell charcoal in the kiosk.
  • A bunch of pots and pans for your boiling and frying needs (picture below).
  • Hot plates for heating said pots and pans.
  • A set of toastie/panini/whatever makers (picture below).
  • A couple of microware ovens.

Villages without a kitchen of their own are invited to utilize this area for cooking. Please clean up after yourselves! :)

Vegans and vegetarians

Vegans and vegetarians are welcome at BornHack. You can cook your own food in the food area, where we have a large (1 meter diameter) barbeque reserved for vegan and vegetarian food.

Infodesk and CERT Info by the Info team


CERT is short for Community Emergency Response Team. In case of a dangerous situation (accidents, fire and so on) these are the people to contact.

While the infodesk is open (from 12:00 to 20:00 every day) the CERT people can be reached here. Outside infodesk opening hours CERT can be reached at the official BornHack phonenumber which is +4531550497. This number is open 24 hours.


The infodesk is where you go to find an organizer when you have questions of any kind. The infodesk is also where you go to:

  • book a ride on the shuttle bus,
  • book one (or more) of the available BornHack bicycles,
  • get any merchandise you bought.

Nature to be aware of on Funen Info by the Info team


Although a very small creature, it can do a lot of damage. So make sure to check yourself for any ticks that might have latched on to your body (a good time is when taking a shower). There is a lower risk to catch Lyme disease from ticks on Funen than there was on Bornholm but please still be aware and consider vaccinating yourself before the event.

If you discover any and don't have the tools to get rid of it properly, go to the infodesk and borrow a tick remover.

Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick

Power Info by the Power team


We are working on sorting out the details. Plugs will be standard European 230V supply with Danish type K plugs. Standard red 400V 16A CEE plugs will also be possible (but please contact the organizers to make sure).

If you make sure to bring ~50m power cord, you should have no problem finding a camp site. Also, remember that you can ask the camp next door if you can connect to their power.

Showers and toilets Info by the Info team


BornHack has nice shower facilities. The showers will be cleaned twice daily and should be more than sufficient for our needs. The showers are not divided into genders (unisex) since they are individually lockable. There are 6 showers inside the main and toilet buildings and more in the toilet container.


The toilets are unisex like the showers. The toilets will also be cleaned twice per day, so they should be nice. There are toilets in the buildings and we'll put up a container with more toilets.

Shuttle bus Info by the Shuttle Bus team


The BornHack shuttle will be available for transporting participants to and from the local trainstation in Gelsted. It's the regional train between Odense and Fredericia.

If you are arriving from Odense, you will need to cross the tracks (towards the front of the train), the shuttle will wait behind the red station building.

The shuttle holds 4-6 passengers and normal luggage for 4 people (it's probably going to be a stationcar-ish one). If you have large stuff, please let us know so that we can coordinate with a larger car for those things.

To let us know you need transportation, please e-mail shuttle@bornhack.org with identifying information (eg. your name or handle), information about what train you are arriving or leaving on and lastly, how many you are and roughly how much stuff you are bringing. You can also call the BornHack phone at +4531550497, but e-mail is preferred.

Please e-mail or call us at least 24 hours in advance, so that we can coordinate and make sure there is someone to pick you up.

The shuttle will also be available for grocery shopping.

Grocery shopping

During the event the shuttle will be taking participants to and from grocery shopping.

We are aiming at a grocery run before lunch and one in late afternoon and the times will be coordinated so that they do not clash too much with the train. Times will likely be with departure from the venue at 10:30 and 16:45.

We will most likely only do shopping runs to the supermarket in Gelsted, but might do exceptions in special cases. The shuttle can't wait outside for hours while participants are shopping. You need to pick up your groceries in max. 20 minutes. We might do a longer one with about 1 hour to do the shopping on the first or the second day (most likely the afternoon one), for those that would like to shop for all days in one go. Please let the info desk know when you arrive, if you are interested in this.

The bar Info by the Bar team

The bar

The bar area is the place to go when you are all hacked out and want to socialize with the other participants. Enjoy a cold beer or drink and some music, and discuss your projects with the people around you.

Opening hours will be compatible with the average hackers drink/sleep cycle.

Villages Info by the Info team

What is a village?

If this is your first hacker camp the term 'village' might be confusing but it is fairly simple: a village is just a spot on the campsite where you and a bunch of your friends/like minded people camp together. Apart from people's individual tents which they sleep in, many villages bring a large common tent where they can hack and hang out during the day.

You don't have to stay in a village if you don't want to, putting up a tent somewhere by yourself is perfectly fine. Having a camp with friends without calling it a village is also fine.

Registering a village

You can register your village here! If you don't want to make your own village you might be able to find and join one that suits your interests. Get in touch with the orga team if you have any questions!

Renting village tents

Villages can also rent village tents via us. The tents will be ready when you arrive and will be taken down again after you leave. The tents have optional floors and you can rent folding tables and chairs as needed. You do not have to register a village or have a concept to rent a big tent.