presence believes its time for virtual reality and 360 advocates to have their own self-driven community. Giving users their own 360°/VR social network to view and share their media.

Our hope is to revolutionize the way 360° photographers contain their media, giving them a simple app and even simpler website to share their 360° photos and videos to a 360°/VR advocate community, while also having it handy on their phones at all times.

Our other hope is for presence to popularize 360° photos and videos unlike other platforms out there that have failed to seperate 360°/VR content from normal 2-dimensional media.

This focus will truly help VR take the next step in the social media world.

A special feature in our app is the "Travel" feature which consists of geotagging all media uploads. This way, users can explore different parts of the world in 360° just like they were present in that location. Hence the name presence.

The iOS app will launch the end of February and the Android app a few weeks after.

Akram Abdou

Akram Abdou (President and Co-Founder):

Akram is a motivated senior studying Information Knowledge Management (IKM) through the school of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. After completing two time- consuming paid engineering internships abroad, he decided to change his major to a more computer-based field where he was able to start excelling in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Beta-Theta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity and the Vice-President of the Society of Entrepreneurs. His interests in Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 degree photography are the reasons why he started developing presence, and with this product in hand, he hopes to create an efficient way to reduce customer acquisition cost (CAC) while upholding an obvious market share growth.

Dustin Hux (iOS and Android Developer and Co-Founder):

Dustin is a senior studying Computer Science and Robotics at James Madison University, and is the front-end developer of presence. He has been developing mobile apps for 2 years now and currently has 3 apps in each native app store, the most popular of which is the JMU Parking App; a mobile solution designed to make parking at JMU more convenient. Outside of development, he is the President of the Delta Tau Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the founder of the community service based organization Brothers in Service, and works on campus for Microsoft as a senior student partner. He enjoys football, golf, and is a certified SCUBA diver.

Akram Abdou

Akram Abdou

Kevin Ayling (Backend Developer and Co-Founder):

Kevin is studying Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Engineering Student Council and Engineering School Mentor. He has two years of experience building commercial testing and develops software for two companies. He also helped build a new management system for the Madison House Volunteer Center's Holiday Sharing program. Kevin is a recent addition to the presence team is using his Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience to better serve our users.

Christopher Morales (Technical Artist and Co-Founder):

Of the Washington metropolitan area, Christopher is an interdisciplinary designer. He will be graduating this May with a double major in industrial and graphic design from James Madison University. This has prepared him to be a skillful and thoughtful creative problem solver. His peek interest and vast experience in user experience and user interface has brought him to presence. Where he is ready to assist and work as a Technical Artist. As well a consultant in modern marketing techniques, wireframe strategies and human centered design.

Akram Abdou