Gilliam was raised a Christian fundamentalist. At a young age, he was introduced to computers and soon characterized his life by going to school, going to church and going online. For Gilliam, the internet provided a platform where he was judged by his brain, not discounted by his age.
In his speech, Gilliam recounts his story of struggling with cancer, being denied treatment and turning to the internet for help. According to Gilliam, God is what happens when humanity is connected. The internet proved to be the connection Gilliam needed.
“I have faith in people, I believe in God and the internet is my religion.” -Jim Gilliam
Just watch it.