about Eden Full
Eden Full is an aspiring maker. She is the inventor of the SunSaluter, a low-cost mechanism that optimizes solar panels while providing clean water for rural, off-grid communities in nine countries. Named one of the 30 under 30 in Forbes’ Energy category three years in a row (2012-2014) and Ashoka’s Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Eden is a rising senior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowship’s inaugural class (2011). A finalist in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the SunSaluter won the Westly Prize (2012), Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge (2011) and was awarded the runner-up prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge (2011). While at Princeton, Eden helped launch the social innovation movement on campus by starting and curating the very first TEDxPrincetonU (2010), as well as co-reviving the Princeton Gap Year Network (2013) to provide support and raise awareness for the value of taking gap years before/during university. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. To give back for all of the support she has received over the years, Eden speaks about her experiences in schools and youth programs everywhere from West Philadelphia to rural Indonesia. Eden was selected to be the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior women’s development team, where they won a gold medal at Holland Beker and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, beating the German, French, Dutch, Australian and British national teams.