Country’s First Ultimate Typing Champion to be Crowned at SXSW Interactive

Joshua Boznic
Last Updated: 12 June 2019

Bragging Rights and $2,000 Grand Prize on the Line as Two of Nation’s Fastest Typists go Head-to-Head in Final Round of Das Keyboard’s Nationwide Typing Competition

You might call it the Lone Star State’s “Empire State Showdown.” Two of the nation’s fastest typists—both of whom live in New York—will meet head-to-head in the final round of the Ultimate Typing Championship during the upcoming South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Created by Das Keyboard, the Ultimate Typing Championship (UTC) was launched in November as an online typing contest allowing individuals across the country to race against each other while putting their fierce keyboarding skills to the test. The two UTC Finalists—Nate Bowen of NYC and Sean Wrona of Ithaca, NY—are capable of typing at speeds in excess of 150 words-per-minute (WPM). The average professional adult types around 40 WPM. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current record for the fastest typing speed is 158 WPM set back in 1991.

The final UTC bout between Bowen and Wrona will happen at Das Keyboard’s booth (#221,320) during the SXSW Interactive “Block Party” on Sunday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m.

“Our goal when we launched the Ultimate Typing Championship was to identify individuals from coast-to-coast with astonishing typing skills,” said Daniel Guermeur, co-founder of Das Keyboard and brainchild of the Ultimate Typing Championship. “This has been an extraordinary, first-of-its-kind competition, and we’re excited to be able to put the country’s best typing skills on display for everyone to see during the upcoming final round. The audience will undoubtedly be in awe when they see our two UTC finalists take to their keyboards.”

Type Fast, Win a Keyboard

In addition to the UTC finals, Das Keyboard will be sponsoring daily typing contests during SXSW Interactive. Attendees will be able to take short typing tests at Das Keyboard’s booth (#221,320) using the company’s proprietary online typing application, TyprX, that was created specifically for the Ultimate Typing Championship. The two individuals who record the fastest typing speeds each day will win a free Model S keyboard from Das Keyboard.


The company’s high-performance, award-winning keyboards also will be available at special pricing during SXSW Interactive. Das Keyboard will be offering 25% off and free shipping on any keyboard orders placed at its booth during the event.



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