If you are a registered participant, please carefully read the information below.  This section outlines important information and arrangements for students and faculty advisors.

Competition Site

Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089-0802



Hotel rooms have been reserved for all teams at the USC Hotel:

USC Hotel
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: 213-748-4141
Fax: 213-746-3255

Each school is responsible for covering the cost of accommodations ($179 + tax per room, per night) for the duration of their stay in Los Angeles. Teams may arrive anytime during the day on Tuesday, February 18th, and should plan to depart Sunday, February 23rd. The group rate will be good two days before the 18th and two days after the 23rd. 

For Reservations: Please visit USC Hotel visit (https://uschotel.usc.edu/) or call 1-800-333-3333 to make a reservation. The Group name is MICC-Marshall International and the Group Code (TBD) (enter the dates, number of rooms, and under more search options enter group code where it asks for the code to receive the group pricing). Parking will be available at $25 per night.



Meals for competing teams and advisors will be provided from Tuesday night through Saturday evening, with the exception of the following:  Lunch on Wednesday February 19th,  Breakfast and Dinner Friday, February 21st (subject to change).



Marshall will cover the cost of organized social events and  most meals (Lunch on Wednesday February 19th,  Breakfast and Dinner Friday, February 21st- subject to change). Invitees must arrange for their own transportation to Los Angeles and will incur the cost of five nights’ stay at the USC Hotel.

Estimated expenses for four students and an advisor to attend the event, not including airfare, are:

Hotel *($179+tax/night) = $3,200.00

Transportation to and from Airport= $80.00

Lunch (Wednesday, February 19th)= $80.00

Breakfast (Friday, February 21st)= $50.00

Dinner (Friday, February 21st) = $120.00

Total = $3,600.00

*(one single room and two double rooms for 5 nights each)


Location & Transportation

The first place you should go when you arrive in Los Angeles is the USC Hotel. It is located in Downtown Los Angeles, across the street from the USC campus, and is about a 30-minute drive from either the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Bob Hope Airport in Burbank (BUR).

We recommend taking one of the airport shuttle services, which are registered and reliable means of transportation. You can find shuttles just outside of any airport terminal by asking an airport attendant standing at the shuttle service sign. Two of the largest door-to-door shuttle services are listed below. The cost is approximately $22.00 one way per person. You can also use a taxi, which will cost approximately $46.00 from LAX or $50.00 from BUR (max. normally is 3-4 persons, unless you are able to have a van pick you up. All persons ride for the same flat fee). You should board van shuttles or taxis at officially designated places only. Persons arriving in small groups or individually should consider ride-share alternatives such as Uber or Lyft.

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For more information about transportation and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), please visit the LAX website.

For more information about transportation and the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank (BUR), please visit the BUR website.

Directions for LAX to USC Hotel

From airport loop, exit Sepulveda Boulevard South; Stay to the right when out of tunnel; Take 105 East to 110 North; Exit Exposition and turn right onto Figueroa; The hotel is located on the right, across the street from campus.


Information Technology resources

Teams MUST bring their own laptops for use in their hotel rooms/breakout rooms for case preparation. We will not have laptops available for student teams unless there is a dire emergency on the day of the case preparation. Free wireless internet access will be available in each hotel room and on campus. Each team will be provided with a portable flash-drive on which to save their presentation and turn it in on the day of the competition. Wireless remote controls for the computer will be provided for the presentations, but teams are not required to use them.



Teams will be provided with limited supplies (white board markers, white board erasers, pens, highlighters, notepads, etc.) for the case preparation portion of the event (on Thursday, February 21st). 


dress attire

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday events  – casual (jeans, khakis & shirts- please bring matching school/university shirts for all members of the team for the group photo- you can give these away later as part of the t-shirt exchange- see below). 

Friday and Saturday presentations and awards dinner – professional business attire



Typical February weather for Los Angeles ranges from an average high of 69°F (21°C) to an average low of 52°F (12°C) with a 20% chance of rain.


additional note

Please bring 5 shirts from your university (i.e., polo shirts, sweatshirts, t-shirts) to exchange with members of other teams.