May 08, 2019 | 3 min read

How DragonSpears is Advocating for AI and Machine Learning

By: Patrick Emmons

How DragonSpears is Advocating for AI and Machine Learning

The Chicago-based Illinois Technology Association (ITA) recently announced the formation of a new AI council. Their mission is to advance programming, investment, and policy for AI technology. Patrick Emmons, owner of DragonSpears, is pleased to participate as a member of the AI Council Advisory Board to help guide ITA’s policies and advocacy related to AI and Machine Learning.

Check out the full press release below, reprinted from

ITA Announces AI & Machine Learning Council

Illinois Technology Association (ITA)The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today the formation of a new advisory council focused on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The AI Council will work to build connections, share expertise and establish a unified voice for artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies within the Chicago technology community. AI Council Advisory Board members are thought leaders in the space and provide mentorship, resources and big-picture thinking that drives programming, investment and policy for AI technology.

Co-chaired by Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist at Narrative Science and professor of Computer Science at Northwestern and Ryan Maguire, VP of Emerging Capabilities & AI at Solstice, the AI Council will provide the ITA and its members with a forum and environment conducive for education, networking and mutual exchange of information relative to AI and machine learning technologies. “Several years ago, the ITA launched our first Council, focused on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies,” said Julia Kanouse, CEO, ITA. “It was so successful in bringing together the key players in the space and driving forward Chicago’s position as a leader in IoT, that we wanted to replicate that in another emerging space. Based on the work being done by many of our member companies and the reach that AI will have into mainline businesses, it made sense to start to solidify Chicago’s position in AI and machine learning, as well.”

The AI Council Advisory Board will be responsible for guiding ITA’s policy and advocacy positions related to AI and machine learning technologies, supporting programs and initiatives to help promote AI technologies and advancing education in the field.

Members of the AI Council Advisory Board include:

  • Sulabh Agarwal, CTO, Civis Analytics
  • Patrick Emmons, President, DragonSpears
  • Anu George, Chief Quality & Transformation Officer , Morningstar
  • Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist, Narrative Science
  • Tari Haro, EVP, Edelman
  • Parker Holcomb, CEO, Fraight AI
  • Bob Holzer, Sr. Director Technology Exploration, HCSC / BCBS
  • Briana Kearney, VP & General Manager, XSELL Technologies
  • Jason Kolb, Founder & CEO, Dias Technology
  • Adam McElhinney, Chief of Machine Learning & AI Strategy, Uptake
  • Ryan Mcguire, VP of Emerging Capabilities & AI, Solstice
  • Khan Siddiqui, CTO & Chief Medical Officer, Higi
  • Marshall Sied, Co-Founder, Ashling Partners
  • Sanjay Sood, VP Highly Automated Driving, HERE Technologies
  • Matt Tran, Director Innovation Strategic Services, BlueCross BlueShield Association

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.