Susan Hinton is heavily involved in the tech community including hosting the Downtown Podcast and SYN Shop Talk podcast as well as helping to organize /usr/lib and Maker Faire. A natural mentor and community builder, Hinton dedicates time to teach classes for Girls in Tech and SYN Shop, and mentors others who show promise and interest in technology. Hinton is noted for ease with people and a generous desire to share her knowledge and experience. Her extensive list of awards include: AIMIA Awards finalist 2006, 2007; ATOM Awards finalist 2006; Victoria University – Special Achievement Award 2005; Victoria University – Outstanding Academic Achievement 2005 and Victoria University – Nominated for TAFE Student of the Year 2005.