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 1,400 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.

First Place Winners of the 13th Annual CoolTech Challenge


Project: Padua Bruins/Tudr

Students: Kylie Kirkpatrick, Anthony Shuman, Jay Skrab
School: Padua Franciscan High School
Teacher: Rick Kirkpatrick

Kylie Kirkpatrick

Anthony Shuman

Jay Skrab


Project: The Helping Gardener
Students: Emma Furjanic, Josephine Smyser
School: Beaumont School
Teacher: Gretchen Santo

Emma Furjanic

Josephine Smyser


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

Maddie Baron

Katherine Logue

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.

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