[hackerspaces] Acquiring Insurance

Will Bradley will at heatsynclabs.org
Thu Oct 13 07:18:25 CEST 2011

They definitely google you. One company freaked out because we had a
photo of a BBQ grill made out of the front of a car on our main page
and they assumed we were blowing up cars.

Just try to have a conversation with them, in person, dress nicely to
counter the stereotypes and let them know you're the "good hackers"
i.e. the ones who research and protect instead of break and steal. If
you limit your insurance coverage to medical and property liability in
the space they shouldn't have any reason to deny you based on their
perception of hacking.

On Oct 12, 2011, at 6:07 PM, Danyelle Davis <ddavis at codetemptress.net> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I am looking for insurance for a hackerspace but it seems we keep running into issues. The insurance companies ask so many questions and if you answer wrong they deny your request.  Apparently some insurance company googled our space and denied us because we affiliate with hackers.  So I am wondering how did you get insurance?  Will we have to change our name to get insurance?  We are located in Virginia.  We don't have any heavy equipment yet ( lazer cutters etc..)  The only thing we have is a few soldering irons.
> Any assistance would be great!
> LN
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