Monthly Archives: July 2016

Welcoming Katie, Tim & Alex

 

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Meet Katie, Tim & Alex

 

Rome2rio is expanding in every direction; launching onsite ticket bookings, introducing our Global Flight Pricing Ranking and now, welcoming new people to our team. We are pleased to introduce Katie, Tim, and Alex.

Katie joins us after completing her BSc in Computer Science and Interactive Media at Northeastern University. Her passion for travel has brought her to us from her home in the United States to work on front-end projects alongside out front-end team. She has previously worked at Hubspot and Ronik.

Tim is an experienced software engineer with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ANU. His research focused on measuring search engine quality, something that we’re hoping will come in handy here at Rome2rio. He’ll be joining the data science team, and although he has already getting stuck into making graphs, it’s perhaps more important to note that he has also begun A/B testing the local coffee houses.

Alex studied an Electrical Engineering/Computer Science double degree at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked for Goldman Sachs and the NBN, and he’ll join our back-end team to work on projects such as expanding our partner API.
It is delightful to welcome such talented developers to our team. Are you interested in joining us?  Keep an eye on our jobs page for opportunities.
-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

Introducing The Global Flight Pricing Ranking

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When Rome2rio first wrote about this topic, back in December 2012, we didn’t realise how much interest our analysis would generate. Tnooz also carried the post as a guest article, and between them, the two pages attracted thousands of readers: not bad for an analysis of airline pricing, heavy on data science and light on celebrity gossip.

Now, almost four years later, we’ve decided to take another look at our model, and see how things have changed. Once again, our analysis is intended to be a conversation starter, not a definitive statement on pricing trends or a given airline’s place in any particular pecking order. Our focus remains on airlines; prices for trains, buses, ferries and taxis tend to be more constant than airfares, which fluctuate with supply and demand. However, airfares do follow certain obvious trends; longer flights cost more, and some airlines are more expensive per km flown than others. We’ve analysed our data to provide a snapshot of global pricing across international and domestic carriers.

Top 50 Global Flight Pricing

To delve further into the full report visit Rome2rio Labs.

-Kirsteene

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

A Story Of Fandom And Photobombing

 

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A few of the team at Rome2rio

The team at Rome2rio enjoy hearing from the people who use our product. We get plenty of feedback that helps us to improve all part of the site and the app. We also get lots of fun stories from people who have used Rome2rio and recently we received this email from a user, Fernando.

“Hi, my name is Fernando, and I’m a big fan of you guys; been using the site and following you since way before the app.

The reason I’m contacting you guys is because one of the backgrounds of the site, the one for Granada, on the lake by the Nasrid Palace, features my girlfriend and me as photobombs, and though I know it’s silly, it made us feel very proud as fans.

Because of this, I was wondering if you guys could maybe send us the picture. It would be a nice souvenir. If you guys could put the Rome2rio logo on it, it would be even more awesome, almost like an autograph.

Anyway, thanks in advance, and keep up the good work.”

Thank you, Fernando!  We found the photo you are looking for and it is currently winging its way to you. Enjoy it, and your future travels.
– Kirsteene
Do you have a story about how Rome2rio has helped you that you’d like share?
Email press@rome2rio.com and let us know.
Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com

My Work Experience at Rome2rio

Today’s post come from Christopher who has recently joined our team as a work experience developer – Enjoy!

My name is Christopher, and in June 2016 I was lucky enough to have the wonderful experience of doing work experience for a week at Rome2rio.

I am currently completing year ten at John Monash Science School. I’m interested in IT, maths and science, and in my spare time, I enjoy programming, making music, gaming and wasting my time on the internet.

During my work experience, I was given a variety of tasks around the company, so that I got a good feel of how all the different roles come together to form Rome2rio. I was involved in adding and verifying data for the content team, some PR work, and some coding.

On Thursday I was given a mock interview by Miles in which I was asked some coding questions and had to work through them, explaining my thought process, how the code works, and what problems I had on a whiteboard. The task was hard at first, but I think I did well once I got the hang of it.

Coding school with Mr Miles

Throughout the week I was introduced to many people working as freelancers and at other startups and was given a brief overview of how the architecture of Rome2rio works. I also attended as many meetings as I could, and gave a presentation about myself and my thoughts about Rome2rio so far at the weekly team meeting on Wednesday.

The week was a really exciting experience, as I had never experienced working in a traditional workplace, let alone in a coworking environment like Inspire9. The team at Rome2rio and the rest of Inspire 9 are a very friendly group of people, and I really felt valued by them during my time there. If I had the opportunity I would definitely do it again, and I would highly recommend doing this if anyone else gets the chance in the future.

I’d like to thank Marty for such a brilliant mentor during the week, as well as the rest of the Rome2rio team for making my work experience so enjoyable.

– Christopher

Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, is organising the world’s transport information. We offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Discover the possibilities at rome2rio.com