I'm very proud to announce that the 500th sprinter joined our community today. A huge welcome to Robin Giordano and all other new sprinters!
Last months sprint blew me and the other team members away. There were some really surprisingly creative and beautiful shots created for Secret! Thank you all for joining and participating in the Creative Sprint community. It really delights me to see that so many creative people joined us in such a short time span. A community website that doesn’t even has a real track record. Please allow me to tell you a little bit more about the idea behind creative sprint and what we hope it will become.
I started creative sprint back in september 2012. With the help of my friends; Sander, Paul and Google we were ready for our first sprint in April this year. We started out with a select group of 30 photographers. Since that first sprint the community grew exponentially.
About 1,5 years after receiving my diploma for photography. I started missing the projects we had during our time in school. I had done some work for clients but always felt kind of alone in preparation and post processing. During a school project there were about 30 photographers working on the same assignment. Now there was only me. During a project you could always talk to someone about what they were doing and there was never any pressure of clients. You were able to really experiment.
After a few days / weeks we’d come together and show each other the results. It was always fun to see what others had come up with. It inspired me. It motivated me to be more creative next time. Improve myself again and again.
I wanted to create that same kind of environment. A time / place were you could experiment. Where there were more people working on the same assignment. The original idea was to host weekends for some old photography class mates and colleagues where we would all get one or more assignments. But I soon realized that it would be tough to get a descent group of photographers together, that would be able and willing to spend an whole weekend just for fun. And if we pulled it of, one time per year would be about the maximum. It would be much more practical to do it online. And so creative sprint was born.
Last sprint felt like the idea had come to life! We even passed the 30 entries (size of photography class) with 54 original entries.
I hope the creative sprint community will continue to grow and it becomes a place like school, in some ways at least… A place where you are able experiment with your photography, where you can easily connect with other photographers (we’re working on that), get inspiration and get motivated to improve yourself every time. A place to have fun with creativity and creative people!
Please help us build YOUR creative sprint
At it’s core, creative sprint is just a bunch of code on a server somewhere in the Netherlands. What makes it fun, is creative people like yourself. So we want to make the best bunch of code, which allows you to be creative and especially have fun. So if you have any ideas, feedback, complaints please feel free contact us. We really appreciate your input.
Sprint 5, next week!
Next week august (17+18) it’s time for sprint #5. I hope you join us.
Rick + creative sprint team
I’d like to thank our team. Without them creative sprint would never have been what it is today. Sander van Rooij, Paul van de Veerdonk and Martijn van Rijn.
Sprint number 4
July 19, 2013 by creative sprint team
A whole new level
It’s time for sprint number 4! We are once again very very excited about this sprint! Last sprint defenitly raised the bar for future sprints. By now over 300 sprinters from over 33 countries are now part of the community so we expect a lot of great creative entries this month.
- Thumbnails are now displayed right in all browsers!
- Update your bio, special characters bug fixed.
- Exif data, all exif data will now be displayed the right way. All old exif data is deleted.
- Load more, in order to keep page load time reasonable we added a "load more" button to the photos and rankings pages.
- Live support, this sprint we’re experimenting with Live chat support during the sprint.
If you have any questions or problems this weekend, just open up a chat session with one of our tech guys.
Schedule (times in UTC)
July 20, First day 00:00 – 01:30 and 12:00 – 13:30
July 21, Last day 12:00 – 13:30 and 23:00 - 00:00
July 22, After sprint 00:00 – 01:30
You will find the Live support button in the menu on the left. If the support team is offline you can always send us an e-mail. You’ll receive an answer within 24 hours.
We will send out quick updates during the sprint on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to follow us there.
Last month Melissa was our great winner. Will she still be #1 after this weekend?
The creative sprint team
June 14, 2013 by creative sprint team
First international sprint
We are very very excited for this weekend’s sprint, the third sprint since the beginning in April. The last 2 weeks were crazy. Our member base grew by almost 50% and we have welcomed photographers from the US, India, Canada and Australia. We had to put new registrations on hold as we are still in bèta and we want to make sure everything works as it is supposed to. But don’t worry if you didn’t make it, after the third sprint we open up our registration page to new photographers! (Notify me)
Since last sprint some things have changed / have been added.
- History page is now called “Photos”
- We added a rankings page to easily view your score and ranking. (recent update: now with country flags).
- Easily invite your friends via email. You can do so after you signed in.
- We won’t forget you! Up until this point you had to sign in every hour for your browser to remember you. To save some valuable seconds in a sprint weekend we have changed it so that you logging in will be remembered until you sign out.
- All entries are now on the homepage after the sprint is over. Ready for you to vote! Don’t forget to sign in.
- We have dramaticly improved the image quality. We tried to find the right balance between loading time and image quality.. We’re still actively experimenting with enhancing the quality while keeping loading to a minimum. Please let us know what you think of the photo quality changes.
Tonights sprint is going to be a game changer, and we’re very happy you’re part of it. The sprint starts tonight at 00:00 UTC, for newcomers, please check here how to play if you have any questions. Are you guys ready to make history? Who will be #1 in this months sprint? Rick won the last 2 times, don’t let him win 3 sprints in a row, so give it your all and beat him this weekend!
Thank you all for you participation in the creative sprint project!
Have fun this weekend!
See you tonight!
The creative sprint team
Round 2, *ding ding ding*
May 17, 2013 by creative sprint team
First things, first...
First off we would like you to thank all of you again for participating in the last sprint, signing up, or just stopping by. We are delighted to have all of you showing interest in creative sprint and we were pleasantly surprised by the uploads from the last month. We thank you for the feedback we have received and we immediately went to work. We have changed things up a bit for the second sprint.
- Photo description is now a sub title (max. 75 characters)
- Users are now anonymous during the voting round
- You can now share you photo via Twitter (once, the voting round is over, you can share you photo from the last theme now)
- Users can only vote if they participated in the current sprint OR have participated at least once in the past
- We show the upload count while the sprint is live
- Sending e-mails out again after registration
- Your username (e-mail address) is not case sensitive anymore
What’s the theme?
Of course this will remain a secret untill tonight. But unfortunately it wasn’t clear last with the last theme. So we decided to send every user an e-mail in which the theme will be announced. You will receive this email when the sprint starts (tonight at 00:00 UTC). We will also tweet this months theme. We will do so several times during the sprint.
Charge your batteries, empty your memory cards, get a few stacks of paper and get ready for round #2. Can you end up higher this round? Can you beat Rick?
See you all tonight,
The creative sprint team
Ready for our first sprint
April 19, 2013 by creative sprint team
After months of late nights, countless cups of coffee en numerous course combinations. We’re very happy to announce that we are ready for our first (beta) sprint!
We start of with just 30 members. If you are one
of them we are very delighted to welcome you to our website. You may consider yourself
as a cs pioneer and you have our respect for life.
Currently we are in the beta fase. This means some parts of the website may be buggy at times
and we have only the basic functionality in place. If you have an idea or come across
a bug please let us know! We really appreciate your help.
Thank you and have fun!
The creative sprint team