Official Rules

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Rules description:

The Cincy Typing Challenge is a skill-based texting and typing competition, in which eligible participants will compete by texting or typing predefined sentences provided by the Sponsor.  Participants will use their own cell phones in the Texting Competition, or will use a typewriter or computer keyboard for the Typing Competition.  (Typewriters and keyboards will be provided by the Sponsor in the Qualification Round of the Challenge.)

As detailed below, Finalists from the Qualification Round of the typewriter and keyboarding competitions will be provided with the temporary use of a TREWGrip device, which will be made available by the Sponsor.  Finalists will have the opportunity to practice using the TREWGrip device and will be invited back to participate in the Final Round of the Challenge, as further outlined below.

Participants will be judged on speed and accuracy by calculating the net words per minute (“Net WPM”) typed.  The Net WPM will be calculated by taking the total number of words typed (a word is defined as 5 characters), and multiplying it by the percent accuracy. Percent accuracy is calculated using the Levenshtein Distance Algorithm. The goal of the Contest is to identify and reward the fastest typist among all of the Participants, and to exhibit the ease of use of the TREWGrip device with minimal practice by Participants accustom to using traditional keyboards.


 

Net WPM = (total number of words) * (percent accuracy)

                             *word = 5 characters
                             *percent accuracy = Levenshtein Distance Algorithm


 

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Texting Competition:

The Texting Competition is separate from the Typing Competition.  In the Texting Competition, Participants will compete in only one round for prizes listed below.  The Contest will require Participants to use their own cell phones to text the following 26 words:


“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”


The Participants will be timed by an official and will send the text message to a predefined phone number provided by the Sponsor.  The winner will be determined by time and accuracy.  Accuracy requires that the Participant text the words and punctuation correctly, with no misspellings or typos, in order to be considered for the prizes. Participant text messages completed and sent to the predefined phone number must be 100 percent accurate or the submission will not count and will not be considered for the ranking by time. Participants get two chances to submit the text with 100 percent accuracy.

 

1st Place:  $500.00

2nd Place:  $100.00

3rd Place:  $50.00

 

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Typing Competition:

For the Qualification Round of the Challenge, participants may choose to type on either a traditional typewriter or a computer keyboard, or both.

 

Traditional Typewriter:

All Participants will be given three (3) minutes to type as many words as possible from predefined sentences provided by the Sponsor.  Typewriters will be provided by the Sponsor.  The Contest will be timed by an official, with Participants giving their typed page to the official at the end of the three (3) minute typing period. Participants will be judged on the best time and accuracy as determined by the Net WPM.  The top four (4) Participants with the highest Net WPM will advance to the Final Round, where they must use the TREWGrip device.

 

Computer Keyboard:

All Participants will be given three (3) minutes to type as many words as possible from predefined sentences provided by the Sponsor.  Keyboards will be provided by the Sponsor.  The Participants will use a speed typing application which will display a countdown clock and will calculate Net WPM.  Participants will be judged on the best time and accuracy as determined by the Net WPM.  The top four (4) Participants with the highest Net WPM will advance to the Final Round, where they must use the TREWGrip device.

*all Participants typing 99 or more Net WPM will receive an “I Beat McGurrin” button or t-shirt.

 

The Finals:

The top four (4) Participants from the Traditional Typewriter Competition and the top four (4) Participants from the Computer Keyboard Competition will advance to The Finals of the Cincy Typing Challenge. Should the same individual finish amongst the top four (4) in both the Typewriter and Keyboard Competitions, he or she will only qualify for one spot in the Finals.  An additional Finalist will be added to the Final Round to reach eight (8) unique Participants. These Participants will be loaned a TREWGrip device for their use and practice prior to the Final Round.  They will be provided with access to the training website to practice using the TREWGrip device. The Participants will then compete in the Finals of the Cincy Typing Challenge on July 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM EST until 8:00 PM EST.

To begin the Finals, each of the eight (8) Participants will choose a number out of a hat to determine their bracket location.  There will be three, single elimination rounds.  Participants will be given three (3) minutes to type as many words as possible from predefined sentences on the provided TREWGrip device.  The pre-defined sentences will be different from those used in the Qualification Rounds.  The Participants will use a speed typing application which will display a countdown clock and will calculate Net WPM.  Participants will be judged on the best time and accuracy as determined by the Net WPM.  The top three (3) Participants with the best Net WPM will win the prizes described below.

 

1st Place:  $2,500, and an additional $2,500 if the winner’s Net WPM is 99 or greater (for a possible total of $5,000)

2nd Place:  $1,000

3rd Place:  $500