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Longevity Month 2017 — Tell Us Your Story!

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Over the past few years there has been a tradition of longevity researchers and activists around the world organizing events on or around October 1 — the UN International Day of Older Persons, or Longevity Day. This year we want to continue this tradition by doing something special, making a video to showcase you, our community, as it is only with your outstanding help that we have been able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time.

So now it is your turn to tell us your story, and let the world know why you care about research to end the diseases of aging.

How To Be Involved:

    1. Be a Lifespan Hero (existing or new) OR contributor to our currently supported project, MouseAge (Note: this is not a hard requirement, but it’s nice to pair words with action!)

    2. Shoot a short video (maximum 2 minutes), explaining why you personally care about life extension and/or LEAF, and somewhere including the phrase “I Am The Lifespan”.

    3. Upload your video to YouTube as an “unlisted” video or to a service like DropBox or GoogleDrive and send the video link to [email protected] with the email subject “I Am The Lifespan Video” before November 1*. You can also do a Facebook Live video and just sent us the link afterwards, tagging #IAmTheLifespan if you like ;)

*by sending us your video you agree to allow us to make use of its contents as described


We will be accepting videos all through the month of October, Longevity Month, and we are also extending the MouseAge campaign to match this timeline. With these videos we will create a compilation to be unveiled on Giving Tuesday , November 28, 2017. Selected clips from your stories may also be added into a new version of our Lifespan Hero Video as well. We also may do periodic live stream events where you can join us have your voice be heard in real time.



Video Tips:

    — Cell phone cameras are fine; turn the phone sideways (landscape) when recording. Tripods are helpful.

    — Computer webcams are also great.

    — Try to be in a quiet place to reduce background noise. Microphones or lapel microphones are a bonus.

    — Make sure there is good lighting, especially on your face. Here’s an example set up.

    — Relax, and talk to the camera as if it were a close friend excited to hear your story ;)

About the author

Keith Comito

Keith Comito is a computer programmer and mathematician whose work brings together a variety of disciplines to provoke thought and promote social change. He has created video games, bioinformatics programs, musical applications, and biotechnology projects featured in Forbes and NPR. In addition to developing high-profile mobile applications such as HBO Now, MLB At Bat, and most recently Disney+, he explores the intersection of technology and biology at the Brooklyn community lab Genspace, where he helped to create games which allow players to direct the motion of microscopic organisms. Seeing age-related disease as one of the most profound problems facing humanity, he now works to accelerate and democratize longevity research efforts through initiatives such as Lifespan.io. As president of LEAF, he is a leading advocate for the increase of healthy human lifespan, participating in numerous speaking engagements and press appearances around the world, and working to produce high-impact media projects to inform and engage the public regarding this critical topic. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Computer science, and M.S. in Applied Mathematics at Hofstra University, where his work included analysis of the LMNA protein.
  1. October 7, 2017

    I don’t know about a video but I could in this comment say why I support it. We are standing on the verge of major breakthroughs in medical technology it seems. The whole movement seems to be making good progress and research is moving forward and I have a feeling in my gut we will have repair based approaches in medicine in the near future because of it. I love my friends and my family and I feel that they need to benefit from breakthroughs in regenerative medicine.

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