Camelback: Students won "Best in State" Two Years in a Row

Posted by Communications on 1/25/2017

For the second year in a row, Camelback entrepreneurship students have won “Best in State” in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.  The app, called XChange, makes it easier for foreign exchange students to find a location, school and host family matching personal characteristics.  Inspired by Svea Boelchl, an exchange student from Germany, she and teammates Andrea Gonzalez, Tasneem Al-Sabbry, Ismael Roman and Daniel Cortez won tablets, and $5000 for the school from Verizon.  Marketing teacher and DECA Advisor Julia Bourdo Lichty helped the team with the App Challenge.


“This win is life-changing for these girls,” Lichty said.


Each year, the public gets a chance to vote on the favorite app concept. To be the “Fan Favorite” national award winner, a team must garner the most text votes.  That team will also win a $15,000 award for the school and training from MIT experts to develop their concept into a working app.  The voting opened the week of January 16 and closes February 14.


To vote for the Camelback App Exchange, text Xchange to 22333.  There you can also see the Camelback video and others, as well as a ranking based on votes received.  Voters can only vote once.


Last year, four Camelback girls won Best of State in this competition, developing an app called SHOPEASY that works as an indoor GPS for grocery shopping.