CoolTech Challenge

CoolTech Challenge and Showcase

Demonstrate your tech creativity, design and entrepreneurial skills.

Want to team up with your buddies to do something cool with technology? Interested in competing for a cash prize to support your college expenses and technology interests?

RITE’s CoolTech Challenge is an opportunity for you to join forces with your fellow students in a unique technology-based, peer-to-peer competition.

How does it work?

Your team can select to compete in one of three categories:

  • Build a functional app
  • Build a functional website
  • Design a concept for an app or website

For all categories, your team must be as creative and innovative as possible and develop an idea and a project that can have a real impact on a business or their community, family, school or daily lives. Expert judges from local employers will choose the 1rst, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the three competition categories. And the best part – winning teams will receive over 10,000 in cash prizes!

As a CoolTech participant, you and your team can exhibit and pitch your project at the CoolTech Showcase. Exhibiting students also have the opportunity to judge their peers and vote for the “People’s Choice Award”.

The 13th Annual CoolTech Challenge was held on April 23, 2021. See all winners.

Since the first CoolTech Challenge in 2008, more than 1,600 area high school students like you have participated in the annual competition. Stay tuned for information at the end of the year on our next CoolTech Challenge.

Attention Teachers! Learn more about the CoolTech rules and regulations and get your students ready to compete.

The 14th Annual CoolTech Challenge was held on April 12, 2022.

First Place Winners of the 14th Annual Cool Tech Challenge


Project: MentalHealth Matters
Students: Joseph Bontempo
School: Padua Franciscan High School
Teacher: Rick Kirkpatrick


Project: SlothShop
Students: Maddie Baron, Katherine Logue
School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Teacher: Chris Carman


Project: KPN
Students: Kankanit Kiratikosolrak, Phoebe Shi & Nicole Zhang
School: Solon High School
Teacher: Daniel McKeen

Place Category Project Title School Student(s) Winners
1st Place Mobile App MetalHealth Matters Padua Franciscan High School Joseph Bontempo
2nd Place Mobile App Nourish Padua Fransiscan High School Ava Ward &Elizabeth Shuman
3rd Place Mobile App NORO Hackers North Royalton High School Jashhvanth Tamilselvan Kunthavai

Place Category Project Title School Student(s) Winners
1st Place Website SlothShop Theodore Roosevelt High School Katherine Logue & Madeline Baron
2nd Place Website Mar-Lu Business Solution Excel TECC: Mayfield High School Spencer McCrae & Artem Zabarovw
3rd Place Website Teen Ethics Trumbell Career and Technical Center Lily Ramos & Ronald Levak

Place Category Project Title School Student(s) Winners
1st Place Concept Design KPN Solon High School Kankanit Kiratikosolrak, Phoebe Shi & Nicole Zhang
2nd Place Concept Design NADA University School Nate Abbott & Aiden Dumm
3rd Place Concept Design Part Time Means Six District Educational Compact Sydney Erskine, Jacob Graham & Lucas Chodera

Cash prizes were awarded to the teams that were selected in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three categories:

Place Awarded Per Team Per Category
1st Place $1,500
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $300

In recognition of former RITE Board Chair, Bill Blausey’s commitment to the young people of Northeast Ohio and their possible careers in IT we award the Bill Blasey People’s Choice award at the CoolTech Showcase each year.

The 2022 Bill Blausey People’s Choice Winner Is…

WSW Trading Platform

Team: Skylr Corsaro
Teacher: Tony Shuman, Padua Franciscan High School

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Showcase Sponsors

Program Support

All participants can present their innovations at the CoolTech Showcase on April 12, 2022.

rite-editCoolTech Challenge