Nanogirl set to speak in the city

Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, will speak at two functions in Invercargill in September.

SOUTHLAND Football has scored a coup hosting Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM), aka Nanogirl, for two speaking engagements on Thursday, September 2 the south’s junior footballers and one for the corporate and business sector.

As a keynote speaker, Dr Dickinson loves to speak about the future of education and work, innovation and technology, change management, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and entrepreneurship.

She was a co-founder of Nanogirl Labs, an in-person and digital platform which highlighted positive role models with fun and engaging storylines and kinaesthetic-based learning to help people see they can be a creator, not just a consumer.

Nanogirl Lab helped people to have a meaningful relationship with technology, no matter what their educational background or socioeconomic status.

Southland Football president Nick Hamlin said, some time, wanted to bring someone to Southland to shine a spotlight on our sport while giving back to our amazing group of young players.

“We wanted to find someone that could be an inspiration to our juniors – it’s not about all reaching the highest level of playing the game, which is why we didn’t go for a sports star, but in life in general.

“A lot of our players play the game for the love of it, well-being, playing and learning skills as a team.”

Dr Dickinson would also be an amazing guest speaker for anyone in business in the region, he said.

“We very rarely get someone of her calibre to Southland.”

Hamlin said Southland Football had committed to a high level of finance to bring Dr Dickinson to Invercargill so really wanted local businesses to support the event.

This support would help Southland Football to provide the free event to local youth, as well as give them the opportunity to hear her speak and be inspired.

Dr Dickinson will deliver a presentation for those involved in junior football, Empowering Our Young Stars to Dream Big, at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill at 3.30pm on Thursday, September 2.

From 5.15pm, she will deliver an address on Technology and Innovation in Business at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.

Football presentation will be free to junior members, while the Transport World event will have 250 tickets available from the Southland Business Chamber ( at a cost of $60 per head.

Complementary nibbles will be served on arrival and a cash bar will be operating.