Courtney Clarkson is a fourth-year Bachelor of Communication Information Design student at Mount Royal University. She is passionate about diving into complex issues, understanding the supporting systems, and developing design solutions that address the root of the problem. As part of her Information Design capstone, Courtney developed a concept for an Augmented Reality app which would support coexistence between humans and wildlife in urban environments. Courtney is also an avid acrylic painter with a love for the outdoors.


Networking Break Activity

Using Augmented Reality to Support Coexistence with Urban Wildlife

The COEXIST App concept uses Augmented Reality (AR) to introduce urban residents to the wildlife living within their city. This idea came out of research surrounding barriers to coexisting with urban wildlife. After speaking with various subject matter experts, I learned that our ideology around what is “natural” and “unnatural” within a city often impacts our actions towards these individuals. By reminding residents that we live with wildlife everyday, I hope to shift the way we view urban wildlife and promote coexistence in our city.


Look for this activity in the program during the Lunch Break on Friday at 12:00 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of this United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land