HAL9K

Be cool, be creative and have fun

Sofiendalsvej 80, Aalborg, Denmark

Makerspace Hackerspace

Space size 200 m²

Opened in September 2011

Structure type Association

Explored in December 2018


HAL9K is a community powered association around a simple idea: "have a great time and do fun things". The place is located in the south of Aalborg, easily accessible with public transportation.

Main interests

Hacking Electronics Craftsmanship

This workshop is great for:

Every single person & organisation!

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Wanna build and create fun things? It's your place!

HAL9K is open to everyone. You are more than welcome, whether you have a project or not. The main thing to remember here is that “you are totally free”. Do whatever you want and make it great for you and everyone else.

The space is open every Tuesday for the visitor and curious, feel free to come and share your ideas with the members. If you become a member, the space offers you a badge and the opportunity to have access to the place every time.

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

Greatly inspired by Platform4 (in the same city) and Labitat in Copenhagen, HAL9K has a long story. The name comes from the I.A. in the movie “The Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick. The 9K is a reference to the zipcode of Aalborg, where the hackerspace was created. Luckily, the domain name was available!

The idea of HAL9K makerspace came in 2010 in an open-bar’s basement. The founders wanted a place like what they had in school when they were kids: a kind of free and limitless space to build crazy things. After some long conversations with other people in the maker movement, they found hackerspace.org which helped them to build the project and the place. Not so long after, in 2012, HAL9K was located in a large space (~400m²) close to the harbor, sharing the address with Platform4 (another hackerspace).

In 2014, HAL9K moved from the harbor to the south of the city, in their own place, rented from the municipality of Aalborg. Some years after, in 2018, the community was made of 50 frequent members, sharing their knowledge and using the devices and facilities to make their own projects.

HAL9K has a board of 7 elected members, but the place is not really managed by anyone. People are coming here as individuals working alone and/or with other people. As of early 2019, the board was made of:

  • Torsten Martinsen (chairman)
  • Mads Christian Olesen (treasurer)
  • Kristian Mide
  • Dennis Værum
  • Anders Vestergaard
  • Søren Thing
  • Emil Kollerup

HAL9K community is made of a broad variety of people, coming here from contrasted backgrounds. There is no master plan, and each member is responsible of his/her actions in the space. People are free to make what they want and what they need, even more if the project is fun! And of course, everyone is equal.

People coming are looking for different things. Some people are here for the social aspect, to talk about their projects or just interacting with other members. Others come only to work and are focused on their own needs and goals. Usually, these members will directly start another project when they finish a product/project.

Projects here are mainly individual but sometimes, if the project is really fun and interesting, people will decide to work on it together. But big projects bringing everyone together are rare. Everyone come there, like an open-box, where people can use the local facilities.

HAL9K, like many similar places, is build around a community organisation, or association with a board of elected members. It is a common structure in Denmark, especially when you create a “common value” for the community and the society.

HAL9K is run only thanks to the fees payed by the members. To be a member, you will have to pay 150dkk/month (~20€) and 75dkk/month (~10€) if you are a student. The hackerspace is self-sufficient and the fees are enough to pay the whole place, given by the municipality. Parts of the facilities and machinery were given by Platform4, and some members of the place at the beginning of the project.

HAL9K organises events and workshops, but the amount & frequency of events depends on the energy and will of the members. The hackerspace also takes part in different makers events in the country, like the Aarhus Mini Makerfaire and Summer Hack close to Viborg.

HAL9K made some local projects and sold them, like the IR-øje (IR-eye) electronic kit sold between 120dkk (~16€) and 150dkk (~20€). Another money income is the sell of beverages (soda or beer), you can order one can or bottle for 5dkk (less than 1€).

Finally, the space also has sponsors who help them on many different level (see the above link for more information).

Greatly inspired by Platform4 (in the same city) and Labitat in Copenhagen, HAL9K has a long story. The name comes from the I.A. in the movie “The Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick. The 9K is a reference to the zipcode of Aalborg, where the hackerspace was created. Luckily, the domain name was available!

The idea of HAL9K makerspace came in 2010 in an open-bar’s basement. The founders wanted a place like what they had in school when they were kids: a kind of free and limitless space to build crazy things. After some long conversations with other people in the maker movement, they found hackerspace.org which helped them to build the project and the place. Not so long after, in 2012, HAL9K was located in a large space (~400m²) close to the harbor, sharing the address with Platform4 (another hackerspace).

In 2014, HAL9K moved from the harbor to the south of the city, in their own place, rented from the municipality of Aalborg. Some years after, in 2018, the community was made of 50 frequent members, sharing their knowledge and using the devices and facilities to make their own projects.

HAL9K has a board of 7 elected members, but the place is not really managed by anyone. People are coming here as individuals working alone and/or with other people. As of early 2019, the board was made of:

  • Torsten Martinsen (chairman)
  • Mads Christian Olesen (treasurer)
  • Kristian Mide
  • Dennis Værum
  • Anders Vestergaard
  • Søren Thing
  • Emil Kollerup

HAL9K community is made of a broad variety of people, coming here from contrasted backgrounds. There is no master plan, and each member is responsible of his/her actions in the space. People are free to make what they want and what they need, even more if the project is fun! And of course, everyone is equal.

People coming are looking for different things. Some people are here for the social aspect, to talk about their projects or just interacting with other members. Others come only to work and are focused on their own needs and goals. Usually, these members will directly start another project when they finish a product/project.

Projects here are mainly individual but sometimes, if the project is really fun and interesting, people will decide to work on it together. But big projects bringing everyone together are rare. Everyone come there, like an open-box, where people can use the local facilities.

HAL9K, like many similar places, is build around a community organisation, or association with a board of elected members. It is a common structure in Denmark, especially when you create a “common value” for the community and the society.

HAL9K is run only thanks to the fees payed by the members. To be a member, you will have to pay 150dkk/month (~20€) and 75dkk/month (~10€) if you are a student. The hackerspace is self-sufficient and the fees are enough to pay the whole place, given by the municipality. Parts of the facilities and machinery were given by Platform4, and some members of the place at the beginning of the project.

HAL9K organises events and workshops, but the amount & frequency of events depends on the energy and will of the members. The hackerspace also takes part in different makers events in the country, like the Aarhus Mini Makerfaire and Summer Hack close to Viborg.

HAL9K made some local projects and sold them, like the IR-øje (IR-eye) electronic kit sold between 120dkk (~16€) and 150dkk (~20€). Another money income is the sell of beverages (soda or beer), you can order one can or bottle for 5dkk (less than 1€).

Finally, the space also has sponsors who help them on many different level (see the above link for more information).

Technologies & processes available

3D printing Laser cutting CNC milling Computing & softwares Electronics Laboratory, biology & chemistry Wood working tools Metal working tools Traditional tools Arduino CNC

Services offered

Classes & workshops Prototyping Coworking space Free machines & tools access Repairing objects

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