New Longevity Summit

Bilbao, November 7th-9th, 2022

For the first time in human history, there are more people over the age of 65 than children under the age of five. And by 2050 the number of people aged over 80 will triple. The statistics show a new reality. At the same time, this longevity revolution is by no means only about older persons. Longer lives don’t just add years to the end of life, but extend and transform all stages of life.

Identifying the opportunities and challenges that this demographic shift and the multi-staged human lifespan represent in our society is key, with profound implications in areas such as urban planning, education, healthcare and prevention of diseases, labor market, mobility, culture, governance...

Organized by Ashoka and BBK, the New Longevity Summit is a global gathering to connect avant-garde ideas in the field of longevity. Together, we will learn from social entrepreneurs addressing longevity with systems-changing approaches, connect local and international changemakers, and generate alliances between social entrepreneurs, business/industry leaders, companies and philanthropists.

New Longevity Summit

Why Bilbao?

A melting pot of cultures, Bilbao connects the ancient Basque culture with a mix of modern design, architecture, urban planning and sustainable mobility. The Basque city has become a global benchmark of urban renewal, as a result of the profound transformation it has undergone in recent decades. 

Spain is among the countries in the world with the oldest population, and particularly the Basque region, where it's estimated that 3 out of 10 people will be over 65, by 2031. 

This is why the Bilbao-based bank foundation BBK and Ashoka have joined forced to address the systemic challenges linked to aging and longevity. 

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New Longevity Summit Pillars

Graph New Longevity

🤝 Lifelong Contribution & Connection

Creating value at every stage of life, connected to others.   

📔 Lifelong Learning

Growing, renewing, adapting to an ever-changing world.

💶 Lifelong Economic Security

Building shared financial security through mutualism.

🧠 Lifelong Well-Being

Nurturing physical, mental, and social well-being throughout life. 

☝️ Lifelong Self-Definition

Creating and renewing identity throughout life.

Provisional Agenda

Guggenheim Museum

November 7th

The opening ceremony will celebrate and showcase some of the world's leading social entrepreneurs in the field of new longevity, to an audience of changemakers, philanthropists, policymakers and journalists. It will be open to the rest of the world via livestream. 

BBK Kuna

November 8th-9th

The private part of the conference will invite participants to connect and exchange ideas between key players in the sector. 

Social Innovators Working in the Field of New Longevity

Encore, United States.

Building a new culture of work and social engagement that values and makes smart use of older Americans as sources of empathy and creativity in all areas of public life. 

Vhakhegura, South Africa. 

Fighting against the stereotypes that limit the lives and threaten the wellbeing of older South African women by claiming a new identity as athletes. 

Travesía100, Chile.

Championing a social innovation movement that seeks to change society’s perspective towards people over 60, promoting an active, happy and purposeful aging. 

Alzheimer’s Indonesia, Indonesia.

Creating a support system for people with dementia as well as building public awareness of warning signs. 

TimeSlips, United States.

Transforming the experience of aging and the stigma around dementia and memory loss by empowering older adults and their caregivers with new practices rooted in creative expression and community building.

Lab60+ & LaboraTech, Brazil. 

Creating new careers that bring the unique skills and needs of older workers into Brazil’s labor market. 

National Domestic Workers Alliance & Caring Across Generations, United States. 

Building a movement for one of the most excluded sectors of the American service industry, domestic care workers, that aligns them with the needs and demands of today’s economy while preserving and promoting dignity in their relationships. 

Fundación Cuidados Dignos, Spain.

Radically transforming the current socio-sanitary care system based on medical aspects and risk control, leading to a dignified and humanized approach to elder’s care. 

La Exclusiva, Spain.

Redesigning rural distribution systems to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and curb depopulation, providing essential services that create opportunities for interaction, human support and care. 

Menjadors Ecologics, Spain.

Addresses the concept of quality, healthy and sustainable food from a unique perspective that brings together the entire food value chain, from local agriculture to public purchases and community canteens. 

Savana, Spain.

Revolutionizing the health sector, turning unstructured clinical information into an online platform of collective knowledge, instantly accessible to thousands of doctors. 


The BBK Foundation works to contribute to the economic development and social cohesion of the Basque region (Basque Country, Spain) and its citizens. BBK cooperates with people, teams and organizations with whom it shares its values and objectives. It chooses creativity and innovation as the driving force in all its projects, and is committed to networking and cooperation with all agents, public and private. BBK prioritizes sustainable development that meets current social and environmental needs, through a relevant and leading social impact. It is recognized as one of the most relevant social institutions in the Basque Country and Spain.

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