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Digital Fight Club Expanding its Bouts to Boston & Beyond

Digital Fight Club has partnered with the Consumer Technology Association — parent of the annual Consumer Electronics Show — to take the verbal-sparring concept nationwide.

Dallas’ own Digital Fight Club will expand to Boston this October with more cities lining up to host the verbal sparring event in 2019.

Michael Pratt, president and founder of Digital Fight Club, said he wanted to add his own twist to tech-oriented panels — one that would be lively, entertaining, and fast paced. His concept? An annual digital smackdown that pits the top minds in technology against each other to debate “unanswered questions in the hottest tech topics.”

Digital Fight Club started in Dallas in 2016 and just hosted its third annual event on Aug. 1. 

“The event is just fun,” Pratt said. “I enjoy hosting them, and I enjoy putting them together. It’s a lot more fun than panels.”

Digital Dallas Founder Michael Pratt kicks off the annual Digital Fight Club 2018 in August.

As the event gained popularity, other cities took notice, Pratt said.

“…this is a feather in the cap of Dallas and the Dallas tech scene. It started here with great companies, referees, and fighters.”
MICHAEL PRATT

Consumer Technology Association Chairman Dan Pidgeon attended one of the Digital Fight Clubs, and he’s been working with Michael Pratt in the last year to take the concept nationwide.

The Boston event is set for Oct. 16 as part of the Innovate Celebrate conference.

“We’ll be the headline event in the middle of it at night,” Pratt said. “It will be all Boston fighters and referees.”

DIGITAL FIGHT CLUB STARTS NEW COMPANY 

Digital Fight Club has partnered with CTA to do other big events around the country and they’ve started a new company called Digital Fight Club with new branding.

“We are starting with Boston and have plans to do four or five more around the country,” Pratt said. “I honestly feel this is a feather in the cap of Dallas and the Dallas tech scene. It started here with great companies, referees, and fighters. It was recommended by people outside of Dallas as a thing that they wanted to be a part of.”

That, of course, includes the original Digital Fight Club in Dallas.

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Nicholas Sakelaris has been a journalist in Dallas-Fort Worth for more than a decade covering everything from local government to the oil and gas and aviation industries. Sakelaris is passionate abo(...)

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