12th Annual 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 RITE’s CoolTech Challenge 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.

Sponsorships Available

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


Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Deloitte / Hewlett Packard Enterprises

First Place Winners of the 12th Annual CoolTech Challenge


Project: CSE Analytics

School: Mayfield Excel T.E.C.C.
Teacher: Ronald Suchy
Students: Eli Carty, Shrey Patel, Caleb Kremer


Project: Track My Mood

School: Brunswick High School
Teacher: Alicia Chamberlain
Student: Katie Scheutzow


Project: The Ball Out App

School: University School
Teacher: Ilene Frankel
Students: Bobby Housel


Project: Unsafe Smart Toys

School: Padua Franciscan High School
Teacher: Rich Kirkpatrick
Students: Anthony Shuman, Daniel Obloj, Jay Skrab

rite-edit12th Annual CoolTech Challenge