Originally designed to be the culmination of Metro Arts’ Artober campaign, this year’s Nash-Up conference will take the elements that made last year’s conference successful and kick them up a notch. The morning starts with a panel on art and technology, moderated by the Scene’s own Steve Haruch. He’ll lead the conversation with some of the city’s brightest innovators — like Mike Butera, who invented the Artiphon, and glitch artist Robbie Hunsinger — about where art and tech intersect, and how local artists can leverage technology to expand their creative practice. Robin Rather, CEO of the Austin-based market resource company Collective Strength (and daughter of the longtime CBS Evening News anchor) will lead an afternoon panel on art and the urban environment. Expect lively discussion about the roles artists play in shaping their civic environment from panelists like Sideshow Fringe Festival’s Jessika Malone and social change activist Molly Secours. But it’s what happens between the panels that we’ll likely learn the most from: The panelists will lead a conference-wide discussion about placemaking, and everyone will break into smaller groups to discuss potential challenges and solutions. Isle of Printing’s printmaking cart will be on hand to make printed portraits, and the ideas the small groups come up with will inform the bulk of the afternoon panel. The event is free; visit artobernashville.com for registration info. We’ll meet you there!