July 14, 2013: Cincinnati Enquirer reports…
“This month, the Cincy Typing Challenge at Cincinnati Museum Center, hosted by Outlier Technologies to launch their TREWGrip mobile keyboard device, will crown a new typing champion…”
The Qualification Round of the Cincy Typing Challenge was held Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 10 AM – 4 PM in the Collett Gallery of the Cincinnati Museum Center. With over 124 participants competing in 3 speed typing competitions (Keyboard, Typewriter, Texting), the fastest typists in the area were separated from the hunt-and-peckers to qualify for The Finals.
Jeff Lashley and Mark Parker enthusiastically load equipment into the Typing Challenge trailer on July 19, 2013
Let the typing begin!
Participants were given 3 minutes to type from a paragraph on the provided computer and keyboard. Take the speed typing test below to see how you compare:
Keyboard Competition Leaderboard:
Participants transcribed an 1888 passage on provided, manual typewriters for 3 minutes and were timed by Typing Challenge officials.
Typewriter Competition Leaderboard:
Participants’ texting times were recorded by a Typing Challenge official and were given 2 opportunities to type the phrase with no errors. The top 3 texting competitors received $500, $100 and $50 respectively.
Texting Competition Leaderboard:
Texting Champion Steven Lim typing on his smartphone
Historical Typewriter Display:
In the spirit of the Museum Center, 9 historical typewriters were on display throughout the Qualifying Round and the Finals – courtesy of Dr. Richard Polt, Director of Philosophy, Xavier University.
Dr. Polt is an avid collector of historical typewriters and graciously loaned a few of his favorites for the event.
History Museum Display:
As part of the Qualification Round, the Cincinnati History Museum displayed the 2 typewriter models used by Frank McGurrin and Louis Traub back in 1888. For more information on the historical typewriter competition, visit the History page.
“The Typewriter” Film Screening:
2 screenings of “The Typewriter In The 21st Century,” a film about a machine and the people who use, love and repair it, were shown in the Scripps Howard Newsreel Room