A4CWSN is infamous for promising the world, and delivering nothing. The 50/50/50 tour followed this cycle of deception. Each of the recipients were promised to receive an iPad "LOADED" with apps. This did not happen. After several recipients called foul, a private group was form to facilitate the codes being given out. The problem is, if ANY of the recipients asked questions about accountability, transparency or what they were promised, they were a)not allowed in the group b)banned from A4CWSN altogether or c)both. Therefore, a "prize" valued at $1,200 quickly became a $499 iPad, in the blink of an eye. Because they dared to ask a question.
The following conversation took place on twitter. Read from the bottom of the pictures upwards to the top (and each post bottom to top). Pay close attention to the tweets between @a4cwsn and @WildeL8y
Here's a linky do - if he deletes post though, I'm not sure they'll stay on this page- again, scroll to the bottom and read upwards.
@WildeL8y was a 50/50/50 recipient.
She is one of the lucky ones who actually had access to the 50/50/50 group, so that she could get the apps she was promised, well, kind of.
Some of the moms who decided to speak out against A4CWSN were not included in this group.
He also in those tweets above, just threatened to remove her from that group, if she didn't stop asking her simple question.
These iPads were supposed to be "loaded" with apps. Having a value at approximately $1200 when all was said and done.
Doesn't seem like that's the case though.
These are some of the apps that were promised.
(Last one is difficult to read, I know).
I have heard through the rumour mill and have had confirmed by those close to some of these developers that Sosh expired. 50.freaking.codes.gone.done.no.one.got.them.
Here's a list of some apps that were given (cannot confirm if any others were given), and some tweets to developers thanking them for donating to the 50/50/50 campaign....
I see Ocean House Media....
- I also know that only *3* AAC apps went out. THREE! And not only were they NOT given to the child who had the most need, but there was a game of favourites.
- The iLive apps were 8 or 9 different codes for EACH of the 10 apps, so recipients had to pick ONE app of the list of 10. They did NOT get all 10 apps.
- Codes were given on a first come, first served basis. Which implies that 50 codes of each app were not given.
I've also heard that he referred to anyone who asked for these apps as "feeling entitled"... kinda funny considering he claims these developers are giving these apps to assist these children and giving them their voice. Kind of hard to do when a)you only give out *3* freaking AAC apps, and b) don't give out the apps promised to begin with!
I also know he had some of the app codes during the tour- so why he didn't give each person a list of codes with the delivery of their iPad, just boggles the mind.
Oh and hey, what ever happened to this press release for the developer who gave the most?
But hey, don't let me tell you things aren't on the up and up.