Smartphone app that warns against menacing meteors?
Space-minded hackers are taking part in a 48-hour international programming marathon.
It's known as the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, and Toronto and Winnipeg are among the 75 cities that will bring together eight-thousand scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Participants in 41 countries will form teams and, using data collected by NASA's spacecraft, will develop software that could be used in everything from games to tools that help farmers.
Jonathan Moneta, one of the organizers of the Toronto event, claims it's the largest hackathon in world history and the possibilities are endless.
He says the hackers could develop phone apps that would be used to spot a satellite, understand weather patterns or even alert earthlings to a meteor that's headed for the planet.