The world is interdependent. We have known it for some time. But with COVID-19, we are now experiencing it. We also know that addressing global challenges requires us to work together. New technologies ignore borders and can connect the world’s brightest minds to collaborate and accelerate research, drive innovation and enrich education. But, without access to new technologies, African researchers, professors and students could be left out. That is why AfricaConnect presents a great promise for a more collaborative approach among African research and education communities.