An Opinionated Guide to Hackathon Transportation

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August 12, 2014

An Opinionated Guide to Hackathon Transportation

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how to charter buses for your hackathon and provide travel reimbursements to your attendees.

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August 12, 2014
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  1. TRANSPORTATION AN OPINIONATED GUIDE TO hackathon ~ ~

  2. Question? HAVE A TWEET #ASKMLH

  3. I’m Swift. “The commish”

  4. transportation. Let’s talk about…

  5. DESIRABILITY OF < < < TRANSPORT Horse Walk Bus Flight

  6. DESIRABILITY OF < < < TRANSPORT Horse Walk Bus Flight

    $ $$ $$$ $$$$
  7. How much do charter buses actually cost? $3,330.37 AVERAGE $2,100.00

    MINIMUM $5,250.00 MAXIMUM $3,353.57 MEDIAN $708.64 ST. DEV *Based on 31 Chartered Buses from Spring 2014
  8. C P A ost er ttendee “Bang for your Buck”

  9. Cost People minimize this ratio!

  10. $200 Flight 1 Person = $200.00 CPA $3,300 Bus 56

    People = $58.92 CPA Vs.
  11. <philosophy>

  12. WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT? my school ’s hackers the visiting

    hackers OR home away
  13. WHICH IS MORE MEMORABLE? huge smaller but impersonal. but high

    touch. OR
  14. WHICH IS MORE VALUABLE? 56 15 good hackers amazing hackers

    OR
  15. </ philosophy>

  16. process.

  17. 00. Planning & Outreach. 6 HOUR DRIVING RADIUS Compile a

    list of schools within a 6 Hour Drive of the event.
  18. 00. Planning & Outreach. Reach out to Student Leaders about

    filling buses. Facebook events are great
  19. Travel Itinerary Itinerary Number: 1428 ! ! ! Date: February

    30th, 2015 Max Passengers: 56 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Pickup / Drop Off Point Arrive Depart Duration Distance Notes Mayer Campus Center 44 Professors Row Medford, MA 02155 N/A 8:00am 3h 14m 196mi Jane Doe 555-555-5555 Iona College 715 North Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801 11:30am 12:00pm 1h 11m 60.7mi John Doe 555-555-5555 john.doe@example.com Rutgers Athletic Center 83 Rockafeller Road Piscataway, NJ 08854 1:30pm Total: 4h 25m 257mi 01. Create an Itinerary.
  20. busrates.com (Who would have thought?) 02. Collect Quotes.

  21. 1. Tip 3. Hotel 4. Fuel 5. Tax You should

    explicitly ask if these things are included in your quote. 2. Tolls
  22. You should always ask the bus company for PROOF OF

    INSURANCE US D.O.T. NUMBER
  23. 02. Collect Quotes. 5RXWH &RPSDQ\ &RQWDFW,QIR %XV3ULFH %XVHV$YDLODEOH 7RWDO 7LS,QFOXGHG"

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  24. 03. Negotiate & Close. vS. Local national Bus Companies don’t

    care about quotes from National Vendors. They’ll do anything to beat a Local Competitor’s pricing.
  25. Horror Stories

  26. $3,300 Bus 56 People = $58.92 CPA

  27. $3,300 Bus 56 People = $330.00 CPA 10 wtf! ?!

  28. show up? How do you get people to actually

  29. None
  30. These two stars cost $4,000

  31. everything. The reviews people leave are

  32. 9 HOUR DRIVE PLAN

  33. 6 HOUR DRIVING RADIUS x THE BUS BREAKS DOWN HERE

    If your bus breaks down 5 hours into a 9 hour drive, there’s not much you can really do.
  34. Trips longer than 10 hours require at least 2 drivers.

    and cost twice as much.
  35. six hours. Keep bus trips to a driving radius of

  36. April Showers bring Higher Bus Prices & Less Availability. Watch

    out for months that have a lot of traffic for school trips and tours.
  37. school trips. Watch out for months with

  38. reimbursement travel pro-tips

  39. + + (free for MLH events) 1. Email attendees 2.

    Upload Receipts 3. Send Reimbursements Email attendees with instructions and FAQs for getting reimbursed. Having a clear timeline and process is important! Collect receipts & Venmo info from attendees. Both price and date of purchase must be clearly visible on receipt to qualify. Venmo has a business account that makes it easy to send reimbursements. Fee is $0.25 per transaction. There’s also an API!
  40. “No receipt, eh? No reimbursement!” Not having receipts is risky

    business. It looks a lot like money laundering.
  41. “Congratulations! You win a prize for traveling at least 20

    miles!” You can disguise travel reimbursements as prizes. Amazon Gift Cards are good replacements for cash.
  42. Questions?

  43. Thanks! @SwiftAlphaOne @MLHacks |