Crisis Response Makerspace

A makerspace for humanitarian aid

The CADUS Crisis Response Makerspace in Berlin is the first humanitarian makerspace in Germany. It is used for deployment planning and preparation, as well as for carrying out all kinds of deployment-supporting work in the technical and medical fields. In the recent past, for example, we have equipped vehicles such as the Primary Health Care Unit and the Mobile Intensive Care Unit with great voluntary commitment to support the healthcare system in eastern Ukraine. We also build and repair the necessary equipment for our own deployment teams. We make the makerspace available to other (humanitarian) organizations for their projects and thus promote cooperation within the humanitarian world. These collaborations are an important part of our vision. The CADUS Crisis Response Makerspace networks with other makerspaces in our countries of operation and worldwide, and enables collaboration across borders.

Makerspace – what is it actually?

A makerspace is a place that adopts the co-working principle and takes it from the office into the workshop. Makerspaces are open workshops where people from different professional backgrounds come together to share ideas and knowledge and to work together on projects. Makerspaces live the do-it-yourself idea and are characterized by the fact that they provide the “makers” with a variety of tools, machines and technology for the realization of their own projects and support the handling of these. This enables access to modern production technology and promotes cooperation between a wide range of people.

The CADUS Crisis Response Makerspace utilizes the makerspace concept and takes it a step further. As CADUS is committed to humanitarian aid, our Makerspace is also committed to this idea and supports the realization of our emergency aid projects.

Classic craftsmanship and modern technology come together in our premises directly at the Spree. There are areas for wood and metal processing, a corner for electronics work and the digital component is covered by a CNC milling machine, 3D printing and laser cutting. The Makerspace also offers event technology for conferences, teaching events or simply social get-togethers.

Current projects Crisis Response Makerspace

Mobile Makerspace conception 2022

Mobile makerspace for Ukraine

Makerspace makes makerspace: we built a mobile makerspace based on a van and sent it on its way to Ukraine in May 2022. Together with several Ukrainian and German partner organizations, we have been involved in reconstruction in Ukraine – in the midst of war. We are currently working on sending the rolling workshop back into action.

Mobile Intensive Care Unit – MICU

We built a mobile intensive care unit out of an old coach and put it into operation in Ukraine. The MICU makes it possible to transport several patients in critical condition, even if only a few of the necessary medics and drivers are available in a crisis situation.

mobile PHC for Ukraine, 2022

Mobile Primary Health Care – PHC

We have converted an old four-wheel drive truck into a clinic on wheels. With this, a Ukrainian organization is now treating people in the east of the war zone. Thanks to the solar system and sophisticated power planning on board, the vehicle is self-sufficient during patient treatment.

Completed projects Crisis Response Makerspace

Shower truck for the Balkan route

For the WASH sector (water, sanitation and hygiene), we developed the shower truck and handed it over to an organization that uses it to care for refugees at Europe’s external borders.

Mobile clinic for Bosnia

In the winter of 2018, another conversion took place in the Makerspace: in record time, many helping hands transformed a van and a pickup truck into a mobile clinic and sent them on their way to Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Sarajevo, we used it to provide medical care to refugees for four months.

CADUS Mobile Hospital in Mosul, 2017

Mobile hospital for Northeast-Syria and Iraq

CADUS became involved in Northeast-Syria early on, encountering a dynamic war situation with rapidly changing front lines. Based on this experience, we planned and built a mobile hospital with the help of which we were able to save many lives in Mosul/Iraq in 2017. We finally handed over the mobile hospital to our partner organization in Northeast-Syria.