In the summer of 2017 I was having a conversation with my girls, Haley and Avery, about doing something fun for Halloween this year. In their minds there was only one choice, a Harry Potter theme. My youngest daughter Avery said “Diagon Alley” emphatically. I said “Ok”. The girls rushed outside, grabbed their sidewalk chalk and drew out plans for Diagon Alley.

I spent the next couple months doodling plans and researching every little detail of the alley. I was excited about the idea of creating this for them but was never fully committed because of all the events we had going on in late September and early October. It wasn’t until late September that I decided if I was going to do this that I needed to clear some time for it, so I gave my notice  and set my last day at OpenCar/INRIX for Friday, October 13th (my late fathers birthday).

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For Pancreatic Cancer Research

Matt’s Army – Give via PurpleStride

On October 18, 2017, pancreatic cancer took Matt from his wife, daughters, family, and friends far too soon. Matt’s Army has stepped up to support PanCAN in its efforts to end pancreatic cancer.

Matt’s band Element 47 along with friend/bandmate Marco, wife Amy, and daughters Anna and Elsie are supporting PanCAN’s research into early detection of pancreatic cancer. The Live For Matt concert on October 23 and the Puget Sound Purple Stride 5K on October 29, plus Purple Stride walks in Silicon Valley and Boston, have already raised over $100,000.

All cash proceeds collected at Diagon Alley Project will be listed on the PurpleStride website below under the name “The Wizards of Diagon Alley”.

Diagon Alley raised $45,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research!

Mighty AI co-founder Matt Bencke diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, vows to ‘beat the odds’ as he hands over CEO reins – Geekwire


Diagon Alley in Ballard, Seattle is closed permanently.

As of January 20th the Diagon Alley was closed to the public for good. Diagon Alley has been donated to Camp Korey and is being rebuilt there bigger and better. Due to be open in the Fall of 2018, so check the Camp Korey website for information on dates it will be open to the public.


Also, we need volunteers to help us with this project. Please look us up on our Constructing Community facebook page.