[hackerspaces] insuring a hackerspace

druid at stonedcoder.org druid at stonedcoder.org
Tue Jan 27 00:19:28 CET 2009

At htink in NYC we have visited this topic shortly. The feedback seems to 
be get renters insurance to cover the expensive tools against theft (NYCR 
has it's laser insured I think) and make sure for liability that everyone 
that uses tools signs a waiver. Also posting large "you are here at your 
own risk" type signs seems popular.

So renters insurance to cover fire/damage/theft, and otherwise reduce the 
orgs liability via waivers / postings seems like a winning strategy.


On Tue, 27 Jan 2009, Sébastien Bourdeauducq wrote:

> Hi,
> I know of a hackerspace which has no rent, no money, and no insurance. And
> it's going very well.
> There are really more interestings ways of spending our time in hackerspaces
> than with filling in bureaucratic forms and finding money to feed real estate
> agents and insurance brokers.
> Sebastien
> On Tuesday 27 January 2009 00.02.42 nicolle n. wrote:
>> Hi all!
>> my name is nicolle, and i live in Chicago.  i'm helping plan Pumping
>> Station: One, the soon-to-be hackerspace here.
>> i was just wondering...has anyone else on this list gone through the
>> process of searching for and finding insurance for a hackerspace?  did you
>> talk to insurance companies directly, or go through a broker?  what was
>> your experience like?  did you have to have a physical place rented
>> before shopping for the insurance, or could you get the insurance quotes
>> lined up before signing a lease on a place?
>> i'm in the process of researching the availability of insurance, and i'd be
>> really interested to know what it's like for someone who has been through
>> the process of getting their hackerspace insured.
>> thank you all...i'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences in
>> this.
>> nicolle
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