UW News

April 28, 2017

New augmented reality app ‘GoHuskies’ gives UW community unique look at current and future campus

UW News

An app user holds up a phone with Kane Hall in the background

The “Ws” on the app’s map signify a point of interest and will drop to the ground when the user gets close to them. When clicked, they will display more information about the landmark.Michelle Ma / U. of Washington


The University of Washington community has a new tool — designed as a digital scavenger hunt — to explore and learn about the existing Seattle campus as well as plans for the future.

The “GoHuskies” interface is similar to “Pokémon Go,” with which users walk around their environment to discover new points of interest. Various destinations on the UW campus are featured within the app, including landmarks related to architecture and landscapes, entrepreneurship and collaboration, and arts and culture.

Future plans for the campus, including items from the Campus Master Plan, are also incorporated into the app.

University Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney says the app gives people the opportunity to their own self-guided tours of campus.

The app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, was developed by the Office of the University Architect in collaboration with Sasaki as part of the Society for College and University Planning conference in March.