CoolTech Challenge

CoolTech Challenge and Showcase

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 app.
    • Build a functional mobile-ready website.
    • Create a concept for either an interactive app or mobile-ready website.
  • 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.

If you have read the Rules and Regulations and plan to participate, please proceed to the Intent to Compete Form.

Producing More IT Capable Students

  • Students cultivate their tech creativity, design and entrepreneurial 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 700 area high school students have participated in the annual competition.

Sponsorships Available

For more information on how to invest, contact Courtney DeOreo at or (216) 592-2291.

First Place Winners of the 12th Annual CoolTech Challenge

Daniel Obloj Anthony Shuman Jay Skrab


Project: Do Your Part

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

Hunter Galloway


Project: ComsiClassroom

Student: Hunter Galloway
School: Chagrin Falls High School
Teacher: Carolyn Petite

Chloe Chen Rajit Khatri Alex Dzurec


Project: OccuFinder

Students: Chloe Chen, Rajit Khatri and Alex Dzurec
School: Westlake High School
Teacher: Elena Prohaska

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