STEAM ahead – Helping Hands In A Crisis

On July 11th 2014, STEAM-ahead, AECOM and Futureintech have hosted an event focused on how Engineering and Technology can be the helping hands in a humanitarian crisis. There were invited talks by Sussanna Humphrey (AECOM) and Amanda Jordan (Google) and there were fun activities that combined problem solving with developing survival skills. Here are some photos from the event:

Sussanna Humphrey (AECOM)


How can an environmental scientist can assist with helping Pacific Islands build up their resilience to natural disasters? Sussanna will talk us through a case study on the environmental and social impacts of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Tuvalu. She will explain how environmental scientists and engineers can assist in the aftermath of such an event and minimise the future impact.

After an emergency evacuation from Vanuatu prior to the cyclone, Sussanna is well equipped to share some stories with us. Suddenly that business trips to the tropics doesn’t seem like such a holiday after all!  

Amanda Jordan (Google)


When disasters happen being able to access the information you need quickly and efficiently is vital. Today Amanda will talk through one example of how engineers at Google work to organise this essential information and make it accessible to those affected by some of the world’s recent natural disasters.



This event was free for school girls and the recommended age was 11 to 18 years old. Each girl was encouraged to bring their mum, or another important female in their life to this event, but dads were also welcome.