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Amil Khanzada

Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley
Information Technology
Mental Health
Social Entrepreneurship
Software Development

I am passionate about

Some time ago, I decided that the purpose of my life was to contribute at my highest capacity to society with the gifts given to me and that is what I am most passionate about. I must make only the best choices at each point in my life (although easier said than done). This way of thinking has allowed me to live my best life and also affect everybody around me in a positive way! Admittedly, the best way I can help others is constantly changing, depending on the people around me, the new skills or resources I acquire, and the opportunities presented to me. I also love meeting new people, talking, and studying their lifestyles. Any country I go, you'll find me engaging in daily life with locals, be it grocery shopping, home cooking, or festivals! Another major area I focus on is personal development. Every day, I am trying to learn something and become a better person. More humble, kinder, healthier, etc. I am always looking for the best in people, having many mentors and teachers, integrating the best of what they know into myself. This investment in my character is something that can never be taken away, not tied to money or resources... an investment that can be applied as long as I am human and anywhere in the world! Health (food, sleep, exercise, environment, mindset) is another key area I am passionate about, having studied nutrition, Yoga, several Martial Arts, acupressure, Chi Kung, and open to more! Finally, I must say that I do love my profession in computer software! Solving complicated problems with simple, creative solutions, pair programming in a team environment, open source, fail fast, agile… these all really light me up!


For the past couple of years, I have been working on a new movement called ZenIT, with big dreams to redefine the way we work to be peaceful and rejuvenating, as opposed to the current norms promoting high stress and anxiety. ZenIT combines the cutting-edge technology of Silicon Valley with the ancient, yet highly-developed wisdom of mindfulness and healthy living. For this venture, I have the full support of Eiheiji town, located in the happiest region of Japan and famous as the birthplace of Soto Zen (15,000 centers worldwide). ZenIT is a not-for-profit movement and we also often run workshops for kids! Currently, I am pursuing graduate AI studies at Stanford and am preparing to teach underprivileged students in South Asia AI software development, empowering them with employable skills. Prior to ZenIT, I have also made the below positive impacts in the Silicon Valley, my hometown:
1. Leading Yoga and Martial Arts sessions daily for stressed working professionals as a healing pathway for significant health issues.
2. Giving several presentations to students and professionals on nutrition, health, and life philosophy, as well as bridging communication/culture gaps between software teams in the US and East Asia.