The OpenStack Summit in Austin has already kicked off, and this time, Ubuntu is the official lanyard sponsor at OpenStack Summit Austin.
The sponsorship contract for the OpenStack Summit explicitly states that only the official lanyard sponsor may distribute lanyards. Whilst we understand the reason that clause is there, we don't agree with it. It just doesn't seem very "open" nor in the spirit of OpenStack.
Freedom of choice is an important aspect of all open source communities and one that we certainly champion, so attendees should be free to wear whatever branded lanyard they want with pride at the OpenStack Summit in Austin and we at Canonical will celebrate it. My hometown here, Austin, prides itself on diversity, where we like to Keep Austin Weird!