[Board] Stolen computer

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jul 26 07:21:12 PDT 2017

Thank you Luca for bringing this to everyone's attention.  Indeed this 
was a very unfortunate incident.  I am a strong +1 to help Niroshan and 
Nick in any costs not covered by insurance.

The day before this happened I also left my bag for a few hours behind 
the registration desk; this could have happened to anyone.

This kind of thing has been at the back of my mind for a while now; how 
lucky we have been for accidents at FOSS4G events.  We travel to areas 
all around the world, and anything can happen.  Luckily Niroshan or Nick 
were not hurt or injured.

It might be a good time to review the event insurance for our FOSS4G 
events, and how it relates to unfortunate accidents like this.  (and how 
we would handle the cases if the attendee had no personal insurance, 
which would have been my case - for example, maybe the OSGeo Board 
should set aside a small block of funding in each yearly budget for this)

But my gut feeling is that was a small warning, as our FOSS4G event 
grows in popularity, we must take care, to take care of our attendees.

I am very sorry for such a hassle to Niroshan and Nick, to their studies 
and their work.  I hope we can agree to make sure that they have to pay 
nothing out of their own pockets to replace lost equipment; and also 
agree to take this as a small lesson and review our own event policies.


Jeff McKenna
President Emeritus, OSGeo Foundation

On 2017-07-24 7:00 AM, Luca Delucchi wrote:
> Dear Board,
> during FOSS4G Europe two computer were stolen, I think that it may be
> really beautiful action if board decide to refund (at least a part of
> the cost) them (if they needs/require).
> my2cents
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Niroshan Sanjaya <nsanj88 at gmail.com>
> Date: 24 July 2017 at 00:37
> Subject: [Zoo-discuss] (no subject)
> To: OSGeo Google Summer of Code list <soc at lists.osgeo.org>,
> ZOO-discuss <zoo-discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Dear all,
> This is my weekly report.
> What you have done?
> This week  I attended to foss4g Europe. During the conference i could
> meet my mentors and discuss about outcomes of the project and
> improvement which need to be done further.
> I would like to add more detailed information in my next report.
> Next week
> During the conference I lost my computer. So some part of my work are
> lost. Still I have some part in my other computer and with that I will
> try to recover my work and start the work where I stoped
> Are you blocking on anything?
> Yes,
> Lost my computer and need to redo some of my work.

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