Microtraps at the 3rd UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase NPL’s segmented linear ion microtrap platform for scalable entanglement based operations was exhibited at the UK’s 2018 National Quantum Technologies Showcase on 9th November. This is an annual one-day event highlighting quantum technologies that have the potential for the creation of new markets and economic benefit. NPL’s platform is created in a parallel and monolithic MEMS process removing the need for manual post-assembly of parts and enabling a precise and repeatable geometry. An earlier operated trap was displayed in its compact ultra-high vacuum and electronic package alongside an electronically packaged example of the latest generation trap to view under a stereo microscope highlighting the precise 3-dimensional lay-out. USOQS kick-off meeting The kick-off meeting for the USOQS project was held at INRiM in Torino, Italy on 02 July 2018, with representatives from participating NMIs, institutes and universities presenting their capabilities and planned contributions to the project.