Throughout university campuses across this country, 700 of the country's brightest high school students have put their heads together to find answers to a problem that affects communities on a global scale.

This year's topic was food security.

The SHAD program gives students the resources and mentors they need to work towards solutions to the problem as a team.

"It's really about unlocking potential," said Tim Jackson, president and CEO of SHAD. "It's saying to these talented young people, 'You can actually make a difference and change the world.'"

Last week, the students at the University of Waterloo campus showcased their ideas.

Listen to what they suggested: