[hackerspaces] insuring a hackerspace

Paul Böhm paul at boehm.org
Tue Jan 27 00:46:01 CET 2009

anyone got thoughts on waivers vs. just insuring against as much as possible?
probably should do both...

liability probably depends a lot on local law. there's a lower chance
of getting successfully sued in austria, but
still i'm worried that i don't know if we're fine without the waivers
under austrian law.


On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 3:19 PM,  <druid at stonedcoder.org> wrote:
> 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.
> -Eric
> 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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