MathWorks recently ran a hardware challenge, where in users were asked to submit a project in which they programmed hardware boards using MATLAB or Simulink. The grand prize for this challenge was 1000 USD and we received over 60 submissions for this challenge. Here is a link to the announcement page where you can read about the top 3 prize winners and also see their videos.
The announcement page also has a link to all the submissions for those who are interested in seeing the rest of the videos.
This was a fun project to better understand MQTT techniques. By using an ESP8266 (WeMos dev board), I was able to transmit an RFID UID using the MF-RC522 scanner. I then use Node-RED to orchestrate the workflow.