CoolTech Challenge


Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Talent

RITE’s CoolTech Challenge provides high school students with an opportunity to solve a community, school or business problem.

  • Teams of rising 9th through 12th graders in peer-to-peer, school-based competition
  • Competition categories:
    • Build a functional interactive map
    • Build a functional mobile-ready website
    • Create a concept for either an interactive app or mobile-ready website
    • NEW IN 2019: Develop a security solution for toys that have wireless connection to the Internet
  • Over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the teams that are selected in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the four competition categories
  • All participants have the opportunity to display and present their project through the Showcase. Winners will be invited to the annual Best of Tech Awards hosted by OHTec

Producing More Capable Students

  • Students cultivate their tech creativity and design skills.
  • Students hone important “soft skills” like teamwork, communication and collaboration
  • Students learn how to present their tech-based entrepreneurial ideas to a professional audience.
  • Students gain valuable feedback on how to improve their ideas.

Since the first CoolTech Challenge in 2008, more than 500 area high school students have participated in the annual competition.

Important Deadlines

  • January 2019: Intent to Compete forms are due
  • February 28, 2019: Submissions due
  • Mid-March 2019: Judging completed
  • Late March 2019: Winners announced
  • April 11, 2019: CoolTech Showcase during annual Tech Week organized by OHTec

Sponsorships Available

For more information on how to invest, contact Courtney DeOreo at or (440) 281-5615.


Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Deloitte / Hewlett Packard Enterprises

First Place Winners of the 10th Annual CoolTech Challenge


Project: Dang.IT

This app is for technical assistance from the simplest of tasks, such as unplugging and re-plugging a router for internet connection to more complicated tasks, such as designing a website.

School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Teacher: Chris Carman
Students: Sander Capetz / Vonn Wheatley


Project: GenStory

This is an application that helps with story development through the use of random advice generator and random name generator.

School: Brunswick High School
Teacher: Alicia Chamberlain
Student: Chase Oberg


Project: Grocery Go

Grocery Go is a grocery delivery service, in which users select their items then pay for the groceries and a delivery fee.

School: Lake Shore Compact
Teacher: Melinda O’Connor
Students: Duran Thomas / Dajuan Allen / De’Von Tisdel

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