The Tolocar project sends mobile makerspaces into Ukraine to support, train and equip local communities.
What is a Tolocar?
A Tolocar is a converted van that offers the possibilities of a makerspace or fablab on wheels.
The aim is to enable communities to replicate some of the capabilities and so to catalyze rebuilding efforts and establish support networks.
Be at the point of needWith the mobile makerspaces we can go to the point of need and deliver access to high tech production machines, tools, knowledge and man power.
Solely humanitarian activitiesTechnology can be used for many things, but with our project we do focus on humanitarian use cases and refuse every involvement in war activities.
Open hardwareWe use and distribute as much open source hardware as possible to enable people to build hardware by themselves in an affordable way.
Open knowledgeIn our workshops and trainings we use a lot of existing open knowledge. We share this for free and invite everyone to contribute to it.
Empowering peopleThroughout our activities we aim to empower people to help themselves.
Connecting communitiesOne of our main goals is to connect the global maker community with local makers and initivatives in order to support and strengthen them.
The Cadus Crafter
The MitOst Sprinter II
Overview of all our past, current and planned Tolocars
Support Vehicle 01
The Cadus Supporter
The HIWW Van
The MitOst Sprinter I
The HIWW Truck
What we do
With our Tolocars we operate directly in Ukraine.
We perform different maker workshops with various groups like schools, universities, fablabs and others in topics like digital fabrication, coding and more.
We support various partners with their project through our expertise, tools and machines. In this projects we renovate, repair, build and invent special solutions.
Building a community & empowering people
We are connected to local actors, makers and initiatives in Ukraine and internationally.
Our goal is to connect these actors and enable them to work together.
When we go to a place to support a project, build a makerspace or perform a workshop, we call that an intervention. Every intervention has its unique partners, goals and outcomes, but every intervention aims to strengthen the ecosystem of Ukraine.
Within the Tolocar Project we support different projects with our equipment, knowledge and capacities. The projects are in areas like insulation, energy supply, connectivity and sewage water.
Peremoha Lab build for ChernihivChernihiv
Making outdoor furnitureTruskavets
A solar-powered irrigation systemKyiv region, Bohuslav district, Dmytrenky village
Who we are
TOLOCAR is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the German Institute HIWW with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with its Ukrainian and international partners.
Labs in Ukraine
We aim to build strong relationships to all exsisting makerspaces and FabLabs in Ukraine. Meanwhile our approach is to support initiatives by founding theirs labs or even plant completely new labs or small scale productions.